June Chase’s Turkey & Dressing

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From furniture and faith to collectibles and character traits, there are a lot of things that get passed down over the course of a family’s history, and recipes are no exception. But a recipe nurtured by generations of love and care is so much more than the food it creates. It’s also a reminder of the laughter and light that can happen when a family comes together.

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“This recipe has been a mainstay in our family for decades. I remember my mother and grandmother making the Thanksgiving turkey when I was a kid, and my aunt also has made a few over the years. It has been delightful to see how each family member who cooks the turkey takes the recipe and makes a few changes to make it their own. This recipe is a gift of love. Every step requires patience and diligence, but the results are worth it. You will make memories for your family that will last a lifetime.”

– June Chase

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June Chase’s Turkey & Dressing Recipe

June Chase
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

For the stock:

  • 1 24lb turkey
  • 2 qts. water
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 stalks celery with leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

For the dressing:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 large packages Pepperidge Farm herb stuffing
  • 3 cups cornbread, crumbled
  • 1 large package cornbread stuffing
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. McCormick's poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 32 oz. carton chicken broth only if needed

For the turkey:

  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • vegetable oil

Instructions
 

To make the stock:

  • Start by removing thawed turkey from its packaging and remove giblets from body and neck cavities; discard the liver.
  • Place giblets in a stockpot and cover with 2 quarts of water.
  • Add onion, celery, salt, and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.

To make the dressing:

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet and sauté onion and celery until transparent.
  • In a large pan or bowl, combine onion and celery mixture, herb stuffing, crumbled cornbread, cornbread stuffing, parsley, poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Slowly add warm stock (excluding giblets and vegetables) in ¼-cup increments until the mixture becomes sticky and clumps on a spoon.
  • If more stock is needed, utilize chicken broth.

To assemble turkey:

  • Dry the inside and outside with paper towels and season the inside cavities with salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the body with dressing mixture and use a large craft needle and thread to sew closed.
  • Repeat with the neck cavity and tail.
  • Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, position wings, and tie legs together.
  • Rub with vegetable oil and cover with a tent of heavy duty foil.
  • Cook for approximately 6 hours - one hour at 350° and then reduce heat to 325° for remaining time.
  • Make sure internal temperature reaches 165° and baste every 45 minutes.
  • When done, remove dressing from cavities as soon as possible to avoid spoilage, and allow turkey to rest for 30 minutes before serving.
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