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Christmas Ball 1 Looking for a stuffing recipe

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I've never made stuffing on my own from scratch before. I would like to give it a try this year. Does anyone have a good stuffing recipe, not too fancy... I think I would like to have cranberries in it. I will be serving about 20-25 people on Christmas Eve, with a 25-30lb turkey.
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Hey everyone,

I've never made stuffing on my own from scratch before. I would like to give it a try this year. Does anyone have a good stuffing recipe, not too fancy... I think I would like to have cranberries in it. I will be serving about 20-25 people on Christmas Eve, with a 25-30lb turkey.
are you looking to do it from scratch like with bread or just looking to make it a different way?? last year i just started making my own.well not my own but my own way.i would use stove top chicken and pepperfarm cornbread.i would make them both with chicken broth and bake it.it comes out very good.
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First, asking for a good stuffing recipe is a loaded question. Some people like drier stuffings (think Stovetop). My family makes a very moist stuffing. With just dried bread, eggs (lots of eggs), broth from the turkey, and oysters in their juice. I personally don't do oysters, so I'm not a huge fan. That recipe would not go well with cranberries, so I can't really help.

I made a stuffing a few years ago using White Castle hamburgers. The recipe called for a lot of sage, and that was too much for me, but otherwise it would've been great.

Second, have you cooked such a large turkey before? We used to cook birds that large, but we found that the white meat would be overcooked. We went to a smaller bird with some extra wings or legs in case we needed more meat. Also, it's hard to deep fry a 30 lb turkey!
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Oh yes! I have cooked large turkeys before, don't recall the meat being too dry but maybe that's the gravy helping matters a bit. Don't plan on deep frying though.

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Good luck finding the perfect stuffing! =]
Very impressed by the size of this bird!!!!

I just fill my turkey with apples, oranges (one), garlic and prunes =]
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Are you looking for an actual stuffing recipe or a dressing recipe?

I never stuff my bird but I always make a killer dressing. It has fruit in it (apricots but you could use cranberries). I can dig it up if need be (it's not my recipe but I could find it online).
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Like someone said, this is a loaded question. That's why I love stuffing though...it is never done being invented or defined. We discovered one year that we lacked cranberries for our stuffing (a traditional ingredient for us) so we used some slivered almonds and chopped pecans. THOSE then became a traditional ingredient WITH the cranberries going forward.

My wife is a bread maker and we frequently have a turkey that is 25+ pounds (did 32 pounds, our biggest ever, a few years ago). We always cook it inside the bird, something we think makes a difference. Using a mixture of whole wheat and white bread we will toast the bread in the oven briefly before "cubing" it and then mix in eggs, Jimmy Dean Sage sausage, finely chopped celery, almonds and cranberry -- all very, very simple. We will use just enough chicken broth to give the stuffing moisture -- very important to cook it to the right temp inside the bird. The eggs help facilitate this too. You don't want too much broth though as this makes the whole mixture too salty so if you find the mix isn't moist enough use more eggs. It is a simple and tasty recipe. We do use a liberal amount of sage in the stuffing (finely ground, powder-like consistency) as this really gives the nice aroma to the whole thing.
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Stuffing

There are so many stuffing recipes,all are delicious.The one i use is,bread cubed then toasted in oven. Add to this sage,basil,salt,pepper,onions-chopped,celery-chopped and cooked sausage(I fry it in butter,nice flavor). If adding cranberries, i would omit the onions.Moisten with melted butter/margarine and chicken broth. Stuff turkey and cook. I rub cooking oil over turkey,salt and pepper also. Large turkeys are not dry,meat is very tender and moist.The trick is to not over cook,Turkey of this size,check after 5 hours. Start temp on high,then turn down.
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I've tried this one a few times and although I'm not a big fan of stuffing, it turned out ok.


Applesauce Stuffing
Submitted By: RecipeRodeo.com
Recipe Type: Holiday

Ingredients
6 c. dry herb stuffing cubes
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, diced
2 c. applesauce
1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth, heated
ž cup butter, melted
Non-stick cooking spray
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9 x 13-inch sheet pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, mix stuffing, onion, celery, applesauce, broth and butter. Roll into golf ball-sized balls. Place on the baking sheet.
Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown.
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