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Easy Beginner's Turkey with Stuffing Recipe
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Easy Beginner's Turkey with Stuffing

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"This easy to make turkey is great for beginners, but experts will find it equally delicious. Adjust the cooking time for different sized birds."

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Original recipe makes 1 - turkey Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse turkey, remove giblets and place in a shallow roasting pan.
  2. Prepare stuffing according to package directions. Mix in water.
  3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and slowly cook and stir the celery and onion until tender.
  4. Mix celery, onion, and toasted bread pieces into the stuffing, and season with salt and pepper. Loosely scoop stuffing into the turkey body cavity and neck cavity. Rub the exterior of the turkey with vegetable oil.
  5. Loosely cover turkey with aluminum foil, and roast 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C) and the interior of the stuffing reaches 165 degrees F (70 degrees C). Remove foil during the last half hour of cooking to brown the bird.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 15, 2005

I used this recipe last year for my first Thanksgiving in attempt to impress my mother and my mother-in-law. I was successful both ways. The entire family complimented my cooking ability. In fact, this year I was asked to have Thanksgiving again. And the first thing I did was look up this recipe. Thank you so much! I think I may modify it a bit by pouring over a bottle of beer or wrapping it in bacon....

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 13, 2003

Didn't like it!

Nov 01, 2003

This is my first time making a turkey. My family love it! I brushed the outside of the turkey with melted unsalted butter instead of vegetable oil and it gave it a nice golden color. I removed the foil during the last 45 minutes of cooking and basted about every 10 minutes. I will be making it again.

Oct 20, 2006

I didn't use the stuffing mix. Instead I grated some bread into a bowl - about 8 slices (after letting the slices sit out flat on the counter to dry out for a couple of hours). And then added enough melted butter to make it moist (about 1/2 cup) and added the cooked celery and onion as per recipe directions. I also added celery salt and pepper and poultry seasoning for flavor. This stuffing is much better then the box and not difficult to make. I also put some rosemary, salt and pepper in the vegetable oil and rubbed it under the turkey skin rather then over the exterior. Keep in mind that a convection oven will cook a 12 pound turkey in just a little over half the time. Mine was ready in just over 2 hours. But make sure you check that the stuffing reaches 165 degrees.

Nov 18, 2005

I also made this last year to try and impress my in-laws....who came over sort of last minute. Couldn't use white bread or butter (mom's health issues), so unfortunately that made a big difference in the taste. Will probably try a different recipe this year (or trying to tinker with this one to make it a little more exciting), but this was good. Thanks for the post.

Jul 10, 2003

Thank you so much for making my very first Christmas dinner phenomenal! I never made a turkey before this and I must say it really gave me a major boost of confidence in my cooking skills. My nine-year-old even helped. She didn't want to put her hand inside for the stuffing, but did everything else with me. She could probably do it herself next time because it was so easy! Before rubbing the turkey exterior with veggie oil, I pierced it all over with a large fork to allow the spices to get in, then seasoned and "massaged" the exterior. The package of the turkey suggested adding strips of bacon to the exterior for additonal flavoring, which I did also. It was truly among the moistest turkeys I have ever eaten. Thank you for helping make my holiday the best I have had in years.

Nov 21, 2007

this recipe looks similar to the one I always make, that my mother made. It may possibly be better to use a broth rather than water to enrich the flavor.

Nov 24, 2007

I cooked this for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful. Not only did I get a good deal of compliments, but there was barely enough turkey left for leftovers the next day!


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  • Calories
  • 835 kcal
  • 42%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 15.6 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 311 mg
  • 104%
  • Fat
  • 40.4 g
  • 62%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 95 g
  • 190%
  • Sodium
  • 593 mg
  • 24%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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