Classic Turkey with Onion & Sage Stuffing

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 1 stuffed roast turkey

Ingredients

  1. Stuffing:
  2. 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted butter
  3. 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  4. 1 large onion, finely diced
  5. 1/3 cup (75 mL) finely chopped fresh sage
  6. 10 cups (2.5 L) cubed day-old white bread
  7. 1/2 tsp ( 2 mL) each salt and pepper
  8. approx.1 1/2 cups (375 mL) reduced sodium chicken broth
  9. Turkey:
  10. 1 fresh or frozen (thawed) turkey (see Step 5 on cooking assorted sizes)
  11. 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  12. 2 tsp (10 mL) salt
  13. 1 tsp (5 mL) pepper

Method

  1. A rule of thumb to determine turkey size required is to allow 1 lb (500 g) uncooked weight per serving, plus leftovers.
  2. Remove turkey giblets and neck, if there are any, from turkey cavity and place in roasting pan. Pat turkey dry with paper towel. Rub oil, salt and pepper on skin and inside cavity (stuff turkey immediately prior to roasting). Loosely fill turkey with remaining stuffing, adding any extra to the baking dish. Tie legs together with butcher’s twine. Tuck in wing tips. Place turkey, breast-side up, in roasting pan fitted with rack.
  3. Remove turkey giblets and neck, if there are any, from turkey cavity and place in roasting pan. Pat turkey dry with paper towel. Rub oil, salt and pepper on skin and inside cavity. Immediately prior to roasting, loosely fill turkey cavity with stuffing. Tie legs together with butcher’s twine. Tuck in wing tips. Also, put some stuffing in the neck cavity (there will be leftover stuffing). Pull over neck skin and use skewers to close up cavity.
  4. Place turkey, breast-side up, in roasting pan fitted with rack. Place leftover stuffing in a covered baking dish or foil packet (a packet is easier to fit into a full oven); set aside.
  5. To determine turkey’s roast time, allow 20 min. for every 1 lb (500 g). For doneness, check internal temperatures regularly during last 45 min. of roasting. Baste periodically with pan drippings for browner skin, if desired. The thickest part of inner thigh should register 85°C (185°F) and stuffing should reach 74°C (165°F).
  6. Untie legs. Immediately remove stuffing from turkey; set aside. Transfer turkey to serving platter. Tent loosely with foil; let rest 30 min. Reserve pan drippings for gravy. While turkey is resting, place baking dish (or packet) of stuffing into oven. Bake about 30 min., or until hot.
  7. Meanwhile, use pan drippings to make Herbed Turkey Gravy. When the baking-dish stuffing is ready, mix it with the stuffing from the turkey; transfer into a serving bowl. Carve turkey, serve with stuffing and gravy. (Link to Herbed Turkey Gravy recipe)
Tip:
Whole-wheat or challah bread are also delicious used in stuffing.
Mixing the wetter stuffing from the turkey with drier stuffing in baking dish results in best texture and flavour.
Bake all the stuffing in large covered, baking dish and roast turkey unstuffed.