Christmas Turkey with Chestnut and raisin stuffing


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Here is the recipe for my Christmas Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1 whole turkey about 31/2-4 kilos
  • 120 gr melted butter
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1TBS honey
  • For the stuffing
  • 1 1/2 cups rice (I used basmati)
  • 500 gr ground pork
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup boiled chestnuts chopped in small pieces
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup roasted pine nuts ( optional)
  • 1/2 glass white wine
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs for poultry
  • salt- pepper
  • a few drops of olive oil
  • 6-7 fresh sage leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary

Method

Wash the turkey well under cold water and place it in the roasting pan.

In a medium size pot, add a little olive oil, the ground meat and saute it until it is brown. Add the onion and saute for a while and pour in the white wine. After the wine has been absorbed add the chestnuts, raisins, pine nuts and then the rice. Pour the 3 cups of water, add some salt and pepper and 1/2 tsp poultry herbs and let it boil until the rice is cooked. Remove from heat and let it cool down for a few minutes.

Sprinkle the turkey with salt, pepper, the mixed poultry herbs. Place spoonfuls of stuffing in the turkey and the rosemary sprigs and sage leaves and instead of sewing it up put the 2 quarters of the orange in the front and the other two at the back where the throat is.

Melt the butter in the microwave, add the juice of the oranges, lemon, and the honey and mix well. Pour small amounts all over the turkey. Add 1- 2 cups of water in the roasting pan and cook the turkey in the oven for about 3 hrs at 175 degrees Celsius. Every 30 minutes batter the turkey with the butter/juice mixture. 30 minutes before the turkey is cooked add the rest of the stuffing in the pan and pour the rest of the batter over the stuffing and turkey.

I hope you enjoy it!!!

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5 thoughts on “Christmas Turkey with Chestnut and raisin stuffing

  1. Natasha. You ARE a cook. mmmmm I’m hungry already. My first turkey was cooked in a tiny kitchen in Germany. My new husband (we had only been married two weeks) was good enough not to say anything as he saw it slide across the floor into the living room because it slipped out of my butter fingers. I cooked it upside down. It looked ugly but tasted good. I’m better now but my husband still laughs about his new wife’s first Thanksgiving Dinner. Have a happy New Year.

    1. Oh Chris, I am so happy to get to know you… See, the appearance isn’t what counts… The turkey may have looked ugly bit the taste was good 😉
      May you have a wonderful and Blessed New Year with all your loved ones!!! Sending you hugs all the way from Athens, Greece 🙂

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