For dinner last night, I wanted to make a more traditional Sunday dinner. I found this recipe for sweet and sour stuffed turkey, and thought it sounded delicious. I love the sweet and savory combination, and I love dried fruit, which this stuffing is packed with.
I used a 1.5 lb. turkey breast rather than a whole turkey, but still made the whole stuffing recipe and cooked it in small ramekins. Luckily I have bulk bins with dried fruit and nuts, so I could just get what I needed, but you could end up buying tons of dried fruits if you have to buy them by the bag. I used Trader Joe's brown rice blend, and it really made the stuffing special!
Sweet and Sour Stuffed Turkey
1 8-9 lb. Turkey
2 1/2 tbsp. salt
1 c. butter
Juice of 1 lime
1 c. oil
2 onions, sliced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. rice
1 c. slivered carrots
1 /4 c. dried tart cherries
1/2 c. dried apricot, chopped
2 tbsp. orange peel
1/2 c. raisins
1 c. ground walnuts (I used 1/4 c. chopped pecans)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. cinnamon (I used 1/2)
1 tsp. saffron dissolved in 1 tbsp. water
1/2 c. sugar
3 c. chicken stock
1. Clean and rinse the turkey in cold water. Pat dry, slather on butter, sprinkle with salt (I omitted this step)
2. Heat 1/2 c. oil (I used 1 tbsp.) in a sauce pan, brown onions and garlic. Add rice, carrot, cherries, apricot, orange peel, raisins, walnuts, salt, pepper, cinnamon, saffron and sugar (omitted). Stir to combine. Add chicken stock, cover and simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
3. Preaheat the oven to 350 degrees.
4. Stuff turkey with the rice mixture.
5. Roast for about 2 1/2 hours (I roasted my turkey breast for 30 minutes)
6. Transfer to a serving platter, rest, slice and serve.