Quick and Easy Turkey Stuffing
By C. Hopkins
Turkey Stuffing Recipe Tip #1) Should I stuff the turkey, or roast
without the stuffing?
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends
cooking the turkey stuffing outside of the turkey to make sure the
bird gets cooked all the way through, however many consumers prefer
the traditional method of stuffing the bird.
An un-stuffed bird requires less cooking time, leaving the breast
meat more moist. You can still make the bird recipe flavorful by
placing onions, apples and rosemary leaves in the cavity. The stuffing
can be baked in a casserole dish in a 350º F. oven. The internal
temperature of the stuffing must reach 165º F., which usually takes
about 45 minutes. For any turkey stuffing recipe if you want a more
moist and flavorful stuffing, moisten with some pan juices or chicken
broth, and bake uncovered for an additional 20-30 minutes.
Turkey Stuffing Recipe Tip #2) How do I stuff a turkey, if I choose
to cook the stuffing in this manner?
Prepare the turkey stuffing recipe as directed, cool to room
temperature, and loosely stuff the turkey. The turkey stuffing in this
turkey stuffing recipe will need space to expand, and tightly packed
stuffing may cook unevenly. For any turkey stuffing recipe you should
use about 3/4 cup of stuffing for each pound of turkey. Roast the
turkey immediately after stuffing. You must ensure that the center of
the stuffing reaches 165º F or else harmful bacteria may be found in
the stuffing. For any turkey stuffing recipe a food thermometer is
recommended to check the inside of the stuffing to ensure that the
temperature does reach 165ºF., even if the pop up timer on the turkey
indicates that it is cooked. You may choose to let the turkey stand
for about 20 minutes to let the juices set. If so, remove all of the
stuffing from the turkey immediately after the standing time.
Don't forget to promptly remove all stuffing from the turkey and
either serve or refrigerate the stuffing in a separate container.
Turkey Stuffing Recipe Tip #3) Can I stuff the turkey the day
For any turkey stuffing recipe make sure to never stuff a turkey
ahead of time, only stuff right before you are ready to roast it.
Stuffing ahead may enable harmful bacteria to grow in the turkey and
Turkey Stuffing Recipe Tip #4) Can I prepare the stuffing ahead of
time, and then re-heat it?
For any turkey stuffing recipe you can prepare the stuffing the day
before, and refrigerate the stuffing in a covered casserole dish or
mixing bowl until you are ready to use it.
Turkey Stuffing Recipe Tip #5) Is the preparation the same whether
I stuff the bird or bake in a casserole dish?
Yes, the preparation of this turkey stuffing recipe is the same for
either bake method. Water and butter are heated to a boil and the dry
stuffing added and lightly mixed until stuffing is moistened.