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Turkey Time: Recipes and tips

Kysha Harris | 11/23/2012, 12:19 a.m.
No time or words to waste. Here is my annual turkey recipe for Donna, Ms....
Turkey Time: Recipes and tips

TURKEY STUFFING WITH FIGS

3/4 cup large, diced dried figs, stems removed

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup apple cider

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups diced onions (2 onions)

1 cup (1/2-inch-diced) celery (3 stalks)

3/4 mixed pound of sweet and hot pork (can substitute turkey) sausage, casings removed

1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves

3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted (optional or chopped walnuts or pecans)

3 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

1 extra large egg, beaten

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the dried figs, cranberries and cider in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then lower the heat and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and celery, and saute until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the sausage, crumbling it into small bits with a fork, and saute, stirring frequently for 10 minutes until cooked and browned. Add the figs and cranberries with the liquid, chopped sage and nuts (if using), and cook for 2 more minutes. Make sure to scrape up the brown bits off the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.

Place the stuffing mix in a large bowl. Add the sausage mixture, chicken stock, egg, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and stir well.

TURKEY SALAD

Chopped red onion, celery, good mayo and dried cranberries and seasoned with fresh rosemary and salt and pepper.

TURKEY HASH

Lightly brown1/2-inch cubes of potato and yellow onion in olive oil and creole seasoning. When cooked, add diced leftover turkey until warmed through. Finish with an egg or two over-easy on top and some chopped scallions.

SCHOP! Tip: You can loosely stuff your bird with the cooled mixture, but I prefer to stuff the cavity with lemon, onions, garlic and herbs, and cook the stuffing outside of the bird.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter a baking dish, add stuffing mixture and bake for 45 minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy, get eating and thanks for reading!

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