This is my grandmother's old recipe for a delicious turkey roasted in lemon, orange, and tangerine juice, and stuffed with meat, roasted chestnuts, and pine nuts. An excellent recipe for everybody who loves Greek cuisine.

Penelope Karagouni
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • Make a small incision on sides of each chestnut, and place in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until toasted. Remove from heat, peel, and chop.

  • Melt 2/3 cup butter in a saucepan, and mix in the orange juice, tangerine juice, and lemon juice. Rub the turkey inside and out with the mixture, reserving some for basting. Season turkey with salt and pepper.

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef, ground pork, and onion until beef and pork are evenly brown and onion is tender. Drain grease. Mix in the rice. Stir in the chestnuts, pine nuts, raisins, 1/3 cup butter, broth, and brandy. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Continue cooking until all liquid has been absorbed. Stuff all turkey cavities with the mixture, and tie in place with kitchen twine.

  • Place turkey on a rack in a roasting pan, and loosely cover breast and thighs with aluminum foil. Pour about 1/4 inch water into the bottom of the pan. Maintain this level of water throughout cook time. Roast turkey in the preheated oven 3 to 4 hours, brushing occasionally with remaining butter and juice mixture. Increase oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) during final hour of roasting, and remove foil. Cook turkey to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

930 calories; 52.2 g total fat; 322 mg cholesterol; 572 mg sodium. 22.3 g carbohydrates; 86.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2007
Of all the turkeys I have ever eaten all over the world this is a wonderful recipe! From the juices to the nuts in the stuffing the brandy and all this is the best I have ever had! I can not recommend it enough! The next time Ms. Karagouni makes her turkey I wish she would post the picture of her creation here so all of you could see what a truly appetizing turkey it is and with her stuffing. It still could not begin to describe how fantastic it truly tastes! BRAVO to a great recipe 5 stars plus Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2010
just the standard turkey recipie the dressing was not good Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2007
Of all the turkeys I have ever eaten all over the world this is a wonderful recipe! From the juices to the nuts in the stuffing the brandy and all this is the best I have ever had! I can not recommend it enough! The next time Ms. Karagouni makes her turkey I wish she would post the picture of her creation here so all of you could see what a truly appetizing turkey it is and with her stuffing. It still could not begin to describe how fantastic it truly tastes! BRAVO to a great recipe 5 stars plus Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2007
Of all the turkeys I have ever eaten all over the world this is a wonderful recipe! From the juices to the nuts in the stuffing the brandy and all this is the best I have ever had! I can not recommend it enough! The next time Ms. Karagouni makes her turkey I wish she would post the picture of her creation here so all of you could see what a truly appetizing turkey it is and with her stuffing. It still could not begin to describe how fantastic it truly tastes! BRAVO to a great recipe 5 stars plus Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2008
I made this stuffing recipe this year to impress my Greek inlaws since this was the first time they came to my house for Thanksgiving in 22 years! They loved it! The only change I made was adding a dash of cinnamon because I always remember my mother in law's stuffing having a hint of cinnamon. I thought it was a nice addition. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2006
I tried the recipe and the turkey tasted great. Brushing it often while cooking with butter and juice mixture added a nice golden color. The stuffing also was extremely tasteful.I'm going to make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2008
I have been looking for a recipe that is comparable to what my mom used to make. She passed away many years ago but was a fabulous cook. Most of her recipes are written in greek so it is hard for me to follow so I came here looking for help. Boy did I find it. This is exactly what she used to make. It is wonderfully flavorful and absolutely delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2008
I want to make this recipe for thanksgiving so I tried it with a plain chicken to see what it tastes like!!it was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And very easy to make.You can omit the stuffing if you want to make it easier but it is worthy take my word for it!The stuffing may take you an additional 30 minutes to make but everybody will be impressed!!!Don't your beloved ones worth that too?And on such a special day??? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2004
Excellent!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2004
This is a succulent dish which is also surprisingly easy to fix. The tangerine lemon and orange give it an extra zest. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2009
Fantstic only begins to come close when describing how wonderful this turkey tastes. I am not used to writing about a great recipe. I only suggest that you will be all the happier that you tried this recipe and it won't be the last time you will!!!! Efharisto' poli. Ms. Karagouni!!! and Thank you sooo much! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2010
just the standard turkey recipie the dressing was not good Read More
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