How to Cook a Stuffed Turkey

Including a recipe for my mom's traditional stuffing.

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How to Cook a Stuffed Turkey Recipe
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1
Remove the turkey from the refrigerator, remove giblets from cavity, and let it come to room temperature.

Remove the turkey from the refrigerator, remove giblets from cavity, and let it come to room temperature.

2
Melt butter

Melt butter

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3
Add celery and onions and cook until just tender (5-7 minutes)

Add celery and onions and cook until just tender (5-7 minutes)

4
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5
Place torn bread into the largest bowl you own.

Place torn bread into the largest bowl you own.

6
Add eggs and cooked vegetables to bread.

Add eggs and cooked vegetables to bread.

7
Mix and add poultry seasoning to taste. Don't skimp on the spices.

Mix and add poultry seasoning to taste. Don't skimp on the spices.

8
Add parsley and fold until just mixed.

Add parsley and fold until just mixed.

9
Pull away the skin from the neck and stuff the neck cavity until full (1-2 cups). Fold the neck underneath the bird and place on the cooking rack.

Pull away the skin from the neck and stuff the neck cavity until full (1-2 cups). Fold the neck underneath the bird and place on the cooking rack.

10
Stuff the cavity of the bird with as much of the remaining stuffing as you can, until it forms a delicious mound.

Stuff the cavity of the bird with as much of the remaining stuffing as you can, until it forms a delicious mound.

11
Tie the legs back together and appreciate your stuffed bird.

Tie the legs back together and appreciate your stuffed bird.

12
Cover your bird with aluminum foil (to prevent overcooking the skin) and place in the oven at 325 degrees.

Cover your bird with aluminum foil (to prevent overcooking the skin) and place in the oven at 325 degrees.

13
Place the remaining stuffing (you do want leftovers of this amazing stuff, right?), dot with butter, cover, and refrigerate.

Place the remaining stuffing (you do want leftovers of this amazing stuff, right?), dot with butter, cover, and refrigerate.

14
Baste the turkey roughly every hour. You can take off the aluminum foil once the bird has come up to about 140 degrees, or roughly 2/3 of the cooking time. Reserve the foil for resting the bird.

Baste the turkey roughly every hour. You can take off the aluminum foil once the bird has come up to about 140 degrees, or roughly 2/3 of the cooking time. Reserve the foil for resting the bird.

15
Let the bird roast until an instant read thermometer shows 170 degrees in the middle of the breast, the leg and thigh.

Let the bird roast until an instant read thermometer shows 170 degrees in the middle of the breast, the leg and thigh.

16
Remove the bird from the oven and place on a cutting board. Admire its roasted appearance. Cover with foil and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

Remove the bird from the oven and place on a cutting board. Admire its roasted appearance. Cover with foil and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

17
Remove the stuffing, carve the turkey and enjoy!

Remove the stuffing, carve the turkey and enjoy!

Ingredients

2 White Bread 
2 Onion 
1 Celery 
1 Teaspoon Salt 
½ Teaspoons Pepper 
4 Eggs 
2 Tablespoons Poultry Seasoning 
17 Pounds Turkey 
12 Tablespoons Butter 
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