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Braised Turkey with Popcorn Stuffing

Ingredients

Stuffing:
1/2    cup (125 mL) popcorn kernels
2    tablespoons (30 mL) canola oil
3/4    cup (175 mL) diced onion
3/4    cup (175 mL) diced celery
1/2    cup (125 mL) chopped parsley
1/2    cup (125 mL) butter, melted
Sage, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper, to taste

Turkey:
8-10    pounds (4-5 kg) turkey
Salt and pepper
1/4    cup (50 mL) butter
2    carrots, chopped
1    onion, chopped
1    bay leaf
Chopped parsley and thyme, to taste
1    cup (250 mL) hot chicken broth
1/2    cup (125 mL) white wine

Directions

Stuffing: Pop the corn in hot oil in an electric corn popper or large covered skillet. Grind the popped kernels in a food processor or food mill. Soften the onion, celery and parsley in butter. Add the ground corn and season to taste. Makes about 4 cups stuffing.

Turkey: Lightly stuff cavities with popcorn stuffing. Sprinkle salt and pepper over skin.

In an ovenproof casserole with a lid, melt butter and sauté carrots, onion and seasonings about 5 minutes. Place turkey, breast side up in casserole and baste it well with butter and vegetables. Add hot broth and wine, cover tightly, and bake at 325°F (160°C) for 11/2 to 13/4 hours, or until a meat thermometer registers 165°F (75°C). Pour off and reserve broth and vegetables. Run turkey under the broiler a few minutes to brown the breast and thighs. Remove excess fat from the broth and purée broth and vegetables in a blender for the turkey gravy. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Braised Turkey with Popcorn Stuffing

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