Turkey Stuffing

Turkey Stuffing

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Recipe by Stephen Pavy

Makes enough to stuff a 14-16 pound turkey, with enough left to fill a 5qt. casserole dish or 9 x 13" pan.

 Serve with
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Josep Phelps Vineyards Insignia
Joseph Phelps Vineyards Napa Valley Syrah

1 loaf

Polenta bread. Find a polenta bread (corn flour/corn meal) from a local bakery if you can. Della Fattoria is a local Sonoma County baker.

¼ lb.

4 Stalks celery, chopped
1 Large sweet onion, chopped
1 cup Dried currants

1 cup

Almond slivers
  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. Chopped fresh sage leaves
¼ cup Chopped Italian parsley
2 tsp. Chopped fresh tarragon
2 tsp. Thyme leaves
  Enough low-salt organic chicken broth to moisten

One day ahead - cut bread into bite sized cubes and spread out on cutting boards or cookie sheets to dry.

On the morning of dinner - sauté onion and celery in butter until vegetables are soft. Spread almonds on cookie sheet and toast in pre-heated 350°F oven for 5 minutes. Add all herbs, salt, pepper, toasted almonds, and currants to the dried bread crumbs.

Just before stuffing turkey, moisten stuffing with chicken broth (it should not be soggy).

Stuff turkey just before placing in oven. Place all of the stuffing that does not fit into turkey cavity into a baking dish and cook with turkey for the last hour, making certain to baste the extra stuffing at least twice with pan drippings from turkey.