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Originally published November 16, 2011 at 5:03 AM | Page modified November 16, 2011 at 5:41 AM

Recipe: Roast Turkey Stuffed With Apples and Herbs

This is an easy to fix roasted turkey recipe.

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Makes 10 servings

1 (15-pound) turkey

2 small Granny Smith apples, quartered, seeded and cored

1 medium shallot, peeled and quartered

1 large sprig fresh sage leaves

3 small sprigs fresh thyme

1/8 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Basting liquid:

1/2 cup apple cider

2 tablespoons butter

Gravy:

2 cups apple cider

1 cup dry white wine

1 cup chicken broth

Giblets from turkey

1 medium shallot, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 small sprig fresh sage

2 small sprigs fresh thyme

3 tablespoons flour

1. To prepare the turkey: Pull the giblets out of the turkey, refrigerate and reserve for the gravy. Place the turkey on a rack. Stuff cavities with the apples, shallot, sage and thyme sprigs. Sprinkle exterior with salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 325-degree oven until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and thickest part of the breast.

2. To prepare the basting liquid: Combine the cider and butter in a small saucepan and heat gently to melt the butter. Use the mixture to baste the turkey about every 30 minutes.

3. While the turkey is roasting, start the gravy. In a large saucepan, combine the cider, wine and broth. Add turkey giblets, shallot, sage and thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer 30 minutes. Strain.

4. Remove the turkey from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Tent with foil while finishing the gravy.

5. Pour off all but 1/4 cup of the turkey drippings from the roasting pan. Place over medium burners and whisk in the flour; cook 1 minute. Whisk in gravy base and simmer until lightly thickened, about 10 minutes.

6. Remove stuffing from turkey cavities and discard. Carve turkey and serve the gravy on the side.

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