Roast Turkey with Corn Bread Stuffing

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Notes Thanksgiving is not a time for culinary experimentation. "Everybody just wants a taste of tradition that day," says Memphis caterer Anne Scott Coleman. "If we served something different, the family wouldn't eat it."


1 10 - 12 lb. fresh turkey


Freshly ground black pepper

4 cups crumbled Corn Bread

2 strips bacon, chopped

2 tbsp. butter

1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped

1 stalk celery, thinly sliced

1 medium tart apple, peeled, cored, and diced

1 bay leaf

1 tsp. dried savory

1 tsp. dried sage

1 tsp. dried marjoram

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried basil


Freshly ground black pepper

6 tbsp. butter, softened

1. Preheat oven to 375°. Rinse turkey well, pat dry with paper towels, and season inside and out with salt and pepper.

2. For stuffing, spread crumbled corn bread on a cookie sheet and bake until golden, 20 - 30 minutes. Cool slightly, then transfer to a large bowl.

3. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp, 8 - 10 minutes. Add bacon and drippings to corn bread. Melt butter in same skillet, add onions and celery, and cook for 5 minutes. Add to corn bread mixture. Stir in apple, bay leaf, savory, sage, marjoram, thyme, and basil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Fill cavity of turkey with stuffing. Tuck wings under back, tie legs together with kitchen string, and rub skin with butter. Place turkey in a large roasting pan, breast side up, and roast until turkey and stuffing reach an internal temperature of 165°, 10 - 12 minutes per pound. Allow turkey to rest 20 minutes, then remove stuffing and carve.

serves 10 - 12

Estimated time (minutes)
Total Time > 90
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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Number of Servings 10
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 980    Calories from Fat 500
    Amount per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 55g

      Saturated Fat 19g

    Cholesterol 400mg

    Sodium 460mg
    Vitamin A 8%
    Vitamin C 2%
    Amount per Serving
    % Daily Value*
    Total Carbohydrate 2g

      Dietary Fiber 1g

      Sugars 1g

    Protein 112g
    Calcium 2% Iron 13%
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Total Fat
    Less than
      Sat Fat
    Less than
    Less than
    Less than
    Total Carbohydrate
      Dietary Fiber
    Calories per gram:
    Fat 9 * Carbohydrate 4 * Protein 4

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