Turkey with Cherry Stuffing 

 Originally Written: October 1, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford


Just in case you are starting to think about and plan for Thanksgiving dinner, here is a great and simple recipe for a turkey with stuffing that is just a little bit different. Adding cherries to the stuffing gives it that little extra special taste that you family and guests will enjoy!

Turkey with Cherry Stuffing:

8 bacon strips, chopped into small pieces

1-1/2 cups of chopped celery

3/4 cups of chopped onion

8 ounces of bread cubes

1-3/4 cups of chicken broth

1-1/2  teaspoons of sage

1 teaspoon of thyme

1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of dried cherries

1 turkey – 12-14 lbs.

Melted butter

  • In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove and place on paper towel, reserving 1 tablespoons of drippings. Saute celery and onion in drippings until tender.
  • In a large bowl, combine the stuffing bread cubes, broth, sage, thyme, pepper and salt. Stir in the bacon, celery mixture and cherries.
  • Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey. Skewer turkey openings and tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan and brush with melted butter.
  • Bake, uncovered at 325F for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours or until meat thermometer reads 180F for the turkey and 165F for the stuffing. Baste occasionally during baking and if turkey browns too fast, cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  • Let turkey stand covered for at least 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.
  • You can thicken pan drippings for gravy if you wish.

Hope you will enjoy this recipe – please send me your comments, suggestions and experiences – your input is always welcomed!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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