Christmas Turkey Dinners Recipes

When you think of Christmas Day, roast turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings immediately comes to mind. Not only does roast turkey make for an excellent christmas feast, but a good-sized bird can keep you eating leftover turkey long after the Christmas festivities. Thank God there are so many different recipes for using up all those turkey leftovers.

Roast Christmas Turkey

     12 lb Turkey
      1 tb Peanut oil
          Black pepper, ground
      1    Onion, peeled
      1    Bay leaf
      1 ts Thyme, dried

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sprinkle the turkey inside and out with pepper. Put the bay leaf and thyme inside the cavity.

3. Rub the turkey all over with oil. Place the turkey breast side up in a roasting pan and arrange the onion, neck and gizzard around it.

Bake for 1 hour and cover loosely with a sheet of aluminum foil. Continue baking, basting at 10-minute intervals, for about 1 1/2 hours longer.

Transfer the turkey to a platter and pour off the pan drippings into a Gravy Strain and defat. Serve with the natural juices.


christmas turkey dinners recipes



christmas turkey dinners recipes


Christmas Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing

     20 lb Turkey
      2    Oranges
    1/2 lb Butter
           -salt and pepper
      4 tb Corn oil
Cornbread Stuffing (see below)

Make the stuffing for the turkey.

Wash the turkey in warm water and dry well.

Slice oranges in half and rub the cut end over the turkey squeezing out the juice over the entire bird. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Loosely fill the turkey with the stuffing (or bake the stuffing in a covered casserole for about an hour, basting every so often with the turkey juices ).

Close the cavity with small skewers.

Rub the outside of the turkey all over with softened butter; add paprika.

Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan.

Roast the turkey for 3 to 4 hours at 325 degrees F. basting frequently. To ensure the turkey is properly cooked make sure that the leg moves easily in its socket.

Allow the turkey to stand for about 1/2 hour before carving.

Remove stuffing into a bowl.

For a moist bird, baste as frequently as possible, at least every 30 minutes. I have had compliments on my Christmas turkey dinners; I make sure to baste every 15 minutes (I set a timer). If turkey starts to get too brown, loosely cover the overbrowned parts with aluminum foil

Cornbread Stuffing for Christmas Turkey

      Giblets from turkey
      2 c  Cold water
      6 c  Crumbed cornbread
      6    Sl Cubed 1-in bread
    1/4 c  Water
    1/2 ts Salt (opt)
    1/2 ts Ground Pepper
    1/2 c  Butter or margarine
    1/2 lb Bulk Pork Sausage
      2 c  Celery; chopped
      1    Onion; chopped fine

Place reserved giblets in saucepan with 2 cups water; cover, and simmer 1-2 hours or until giblets are tender. Remove from broth, reserving 1 cup of broth. Chop giblets; set aside.

Combine cornbread and bread cubes in a large mixing bowl; add 1/4 cup water, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Melt butter in a large skillet; add sausage, celery, and onion. Saute 3 minutes. Cover, and cook an additional 30 minutes or until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender; stir frequently.

Remove from heat; stir in bread mixture. Add reserved giblet broth and giblets, mixing well.

Be sure to check out our christmas turkey leftovers, more turkey recipes, and more ideas for Christmas dinners. Also check out these turkey tips


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christmas turkey dinners recipes



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