Turkey with Apple Stuffing


The accompanying foolproof gravy recipe is one I created in an attempt to copy my mom's own rich gravy.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 5 mins
15 servings


  • 4 cups tart apples - peeled, cored and chopped

  • 3 cups sliced almonds

  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion

  • 1 ½ cups chopped celery

  • ½ cup butter or margarine

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

  • 12 cups cubed whole wheat bread

  • 2 cups raisins

  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice

  • ½ cup egg substitute

  • 1 (16 pound) turkey

  • 1 ½ cups water


  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules

  • ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup milk


  1. In a large skillet, saute apples, almonds, onion and celery in butter for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in salt, cinnamon and poultry seasoning. In a large bowl, combine bread cubes, raisins and apple mixture. Add cider and egg substitute; toss to mix.

  2. Just before baking, loosely stuff turkey with half of the stuffing. Place remaining stuffing in a greased 2-qt. baking dish; refrigerate until ready to bake. Skewer turkey opening; tie drumsticks together. Place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Pour water into pan.

  3. Bake, uncovered, at 325 degrees F for 4-1/2 to 5 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180 degrees F for the turkey and 165 degrees F for the stuffing, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.)

  4. Bake additional stuffing, covered, for 30-40 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Cover turkey and let stand for 20 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.

  5. For gravy, pour pan drippings into a 4-cup measuring cup; skim off fat. Add enough water to measure 4 cups. Pour into a saucepan. Stir in bouillon, poultry seasoning and pepper. Bring to a boil. In a bowl, combine flour and milk until smooth; whisk into boiling broth. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Serve with turkey and stuffing.