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Butterflied Turkey with Fennel, Sausage, and Ricotta Stuffing


3 Tbsp olive oil
1-1/2 lbs sweet Italian sausages, casings removed, broken into pieces
2 med fresh fennel bulbs, trimmed diced, plus 1/4 cup chopped fronds
2 cups chopped leeks (white and pale green parts only)
1/2 cup chopped shallots
5 ea garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless country-style French bread
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
2 ea large eggs
2 tsp chopped fresh sage
2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp fennel seeds, ground
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
1 Tbsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 ea 12- to 14-lb turkey; neck, heart, and gizzard reserved for stock
2 cups turkey stock or low-salt chicken broth



Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add sausage.  Sauté until cooked through, about 6 minutes.  Using slotted spoon, transfer to bowl.  Add diced fennel, leeks, and shallots to skillet.  Sauté 8 minutes.  Add garlic and wine.  Boil 3 minutes, scraping up browned bits.  Scrape into bowl with sausage.  Cool.  DO AHEAD:  Can be made 1 day ahead.  Cover; chill.

Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and ricotta into stuffing.  Whisk eggs, sage, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and fennel fronds in bowl.  Stir into stuffing.


Mix fennel seeds, rosemary, salt, and pepper, then oil in small bowl.  Rinse turkey; pat dry.  Place turkey, skin side down, on work surface.  Spread half of fennel oil over flesh side.  Turn turkey over onto large rimmed baking sheet.  Tuck wing tips under.

Starting at neck end, run fingers gently under skin of breast, thigh, and legs.  Spread stuffing under skin.  Massage to even out thickness of stuffing.  Spread fennel oil over turkey skin.

To Roast Turkey:

set rack at lowest position in oven and preheat to 350° F.  Pour 1 cup stock or broth onto baking sheet under turkey.

Roast turkey until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 160° F to 165° F, adding stock by cupful’s if pan is dry, 2 to 2-1/2 hours.  Transfer turkey to platter; let rest 30 to 45 minutes.  Reserve baking sheet with juices.  While turkey rests, prepare gravy.  Serve gravy with turkey.

To Grill Turkey:

Prepare barbecue (medium heat).  Remove top grill rack.  If using charcoal, light briquettes in chimney.  When covered with white ash, push to opposite sides of bottom rack.  Place disposable aluminum pan in center of rack (you will need to light additional briquettes, checking every 30 minutes during grilling time).  Replace top rack.  If using 3 burner gas grill, light burners on left and right sides, leaving center burner off.  If using 2-burner gas grill, light burner on 1 side; place disposable pan over unit side.

Place turkey, skin side up, on rack over pan; cover.  Insert e-read thermometer into hole in hood.  Maintain temperature at 350° F on charcoal grill by opening and closing vents or adjusting temperature on gas grill with controls.  Grill until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 160° to 165° F, tenting with foil if browning too quickly, 1-3/4 to 2 hours.  Transfer turkey to platter; let rest 30 to 45 minutes (internal temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees).

(8 to 10 servings)



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12/23/2011 - Posted by | Turkey

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    Comment by Torby | 08/20/2012

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