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How to Stuff a Thanksgiving Turkey

Stuffing

At Plainville Farms, we prefer to cook our dressing in a casserole dish while roasting or grilling our turkey separately. This gives us optimum browning inside and out, and we never have to think about the food safety issues that arise if the center of the stuffing doesn’t come up to temperature inside the bird. That said, we know that there are lots of traditionalists, who love our plain, awesome turkey, who may want a refresher course on how to stuff a Thanksgiving turkey. Just for them, we’ll walk you through it.

1. First, prepare your stuffing and set aside until it’s cooled to room temperature before it gets anywhere near the turkey.

2. Place your thawed, clean Plainville Farms turkey on a roasting rack in a roasting pan with the breast side facing up.

3. Lift the flap of skin that covers the neck and unclamp the drumsticks to pull them apart. Remove the giblets and neck from the neck and center cavity of the bird and save for making gravy.

4. Place stuffing loosely into each cavity, making sure not to overstuff or overcrowd the area. Leave a little room for air to circulate and heat the stuffing throughout.

5. Tuck skin around the neck cavity and secure legs together with cooking string or plastic clamp.

6. Once the turkey is stuffed, roast it immediately. Do not hold or refrigerate a stuffed uncooked turkey overnight, as this can be a bacterial hazard.

7. Cook turkey until the center of the stuffing and the turkey itself reach 175°F on a meat thermometer. This can take an extra 30 minutes depending on the size of the bird.

8. Once the stuffed bird is out of the oven, allow it to rest for 15 minutes, then scoop the stuffing onto a serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm while you carve your Thanksgiving turkey.