Recipe: Traditional roast turkey

STUFFING: Place stuffing in neck.
STUFFING: Place stuffing in neck.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Servings: 10 to 12

Basic Bread Stuffing

Servings: Enough to stuff a 12- to 14-pound turkey, about 10 to 12.


1/2 cup butter

1 large onion, diced

1 to 2 cups diced celery with leaves

12 cups toasted 1/2-inch bread cubes

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon dried sage or 1/4 cup minced fresh sage

1/2 cup chopped parsley


1 cup turkey stock, water or milk

1. Melt butter in large stockpot. Add onion and celery and cook until vegetables are tender but not browned. Add to bread cubes in large bowl. Add salt, pepper, sage and parsley and toss until well mixed. Add turkey stock and blend well.

2. Bake any excess stuffing in lightly greased casserole at 325 degrees until heated through, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Each of 12 servings: 126 calories; 469 mg sodium; 23 mg cholesterol; 9 grams fat; 10 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 0.20 gram fiber


Traditional roast turkey

Servings: 10 to 12

Note: To roast turkey unstuffed, season bird with salt and pepper to taste inside and out. If desired, insert pieces of celery, carrots and onions to improve flavor. Fold neck skin to back and fasten with skewer. Fasten legs by tying or tucking under clamp or skin band.

1 (12- to 14-pound) turkey, completely thawed


Salt, pepper

Basic Bread Stuffing or stuffing of choice

Melted butter

1. Remove giblet bag and neck from turkey. Check both cavities for extra parts. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water and pat dry. Sprinkle turkey inside and out with salt and pepper.


2. Loosely pack stuffing into neck and body cavities. Do not overstuff. Stuffing expands during cooking. Allow 1/2 to 3/4 cup stuffing per pound of turkey. Skewer neck skin to back of bird to hold stuffing in place. Truss drumsticks with clamp or skin band, or tie with kitchen twine, and tuck wings under bird.

3. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush with melted butter. Roast uncovered at 325 degrees, basting with melted butter every 30 to 45 minutes. If bird is browning too fast, tent loosely with foil or cover breast with butter-soaked cheesecloth. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh reaches 165 degrees.

4. When turkey is done, remove from oven and let turkey rest at room temperature 30 minutes.

Each of 10 servings, without stuffing: 553 calories; 706 mg sodium; 217 mg cholesterol; 31 grams fat; 10 grams carbohydrates; 55 grams protein; 0.20 gram fiber.