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Fig-glazed Roast Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing

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Description Edit

Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence, 2007

Ingredients Edit

Stuffing Edit

Directions Edit

  1. Begin by re-hydrating the figs.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the figs, honey, lemon juice and cover with warm water.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 20 to 25 minutes until the figs are tender and soft.
  4. Strain the figs and reserve the liquid - as this will be the base for the glaze.

Stuffing Edit

  1. Heat a little extra-virgin olive oil over medium heat and gently saute the onions with rosemary.
  2. Add the sweet Italian sausage and continue to saute until browned, 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. When done, scrape it all into a large mixing bowl, add the cornbread pieces and figs and season well with salt and pepper. Give it a good toss until it's well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, and ½ cup stock, and pour that over the cornbread.
  5. Stir the stuffing together and set it aside while you work on the turkey.
  6. Preheat oven to 350°F.

Bird Edit

  1. Rinse the bird thoroughly inside and out with cold water, and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Sprinkle the cavity and skin liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. Using your fingers, gently lift the skin from the turkey breast and using 1 stick of butter, massage it onto the breast meat.
  4. Stuff the bird with the cornbread stuffing and truss it (or just cross the legs over one another and tie with a piece of kitchen twine).
  5. Put the turkey on a rack in a large roasting pan, and place in the oven.

Glaze Edit

  1. In a small saucepan set the fig mixture over medium heat and bring to a simmer to reduce, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar and the other stick of butter cut into cubes and continue to reduce until syrupy.
  3. This is the fig glaze used to baste the turkey.

Roasting Edit

  1. Roast the turkey for 2 hours, and baste with the fig glaze when there is about 20 minutes remaining, coating the turkey well with the glaze.
  2. Continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the meaty part of the thigh registers 170°F.
  3. The thigh juices will run clear when pricked with a knife, about 3 hours total (15 minutes per pound).
  4. If the legs or breast brown too quickly during roasting, cover them with foil.

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