Roast Turkey with Herbed Stuffing and Pan Gravy (Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Side Dishes)

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This Roast Turkey with Herbed Stuffing and Pan Gravy will be a hit at your holiday table this year.


My latest email from epicurious says that there are eight days left until Thanksgiving. Unbelievable how quickly time passes. This year will be the first year in a long time that we will be spending the holiday with family. I’m looking forward to eating lots of yummy food, savoring a slice of Toffee Dream, taking a walk (and hopefully a nap!), having another slice of Toffee Dream, playing card games while my FishMen watch a football game, and did I mention Toffee Dream?

Anyway, food is such a BIG part of the Thanksgiving Holiday, I could plan the meal 100 different ways – it’s so fun. But, we tend to have some traditionalists around here. Can’t go too funky on them.

Obviously, turkey is a big part of the day, but for me the stuffing and gravy — well, I just gotta have them.

Here is the recipe that I use every year. My copy of Bon Appetit, November 1995, is very tattered and love-worn. It’s theme was “Thanksgiving in the Heartland.” I found a turkey and a stuffing recipe that weren’t too froo-froo. Just straightforward good cooking. Unfortunately, it is not one of the recipes they have archived on their website,epicurious.

Due to rising concerns about food poisoning, most publications recommend that you no longer stuff the bird, but cook all the “dressing” in a 9×13 pan. This is what I do now. However, I am leaving the directions as is. And even though today’s theme is “side dishes” I’m throwing in the turkey recipe for good measure.

Bon Appetit!

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  1. supermommy says:

    I just posted my menu for Thanksgiving and there’s a few recipes that have become tradition in my family. Very yummy!

  2. I just did a post about Thanksgiving too. Our favorite is a bacon-pear stuffing that I found in a magazine a few years ago. I’d be interested in seeing some great side dishes for vegetables. Our table is usually full of carbs!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I am so excited abour your stuffing recipe! I’ve wanted to have my own “secret” stuffing recipe for years and years – yours sounded perfect so I just made it but instead of the giblet broth I used the reserved liquid from the pork pies I made yesterday – it is so yummy I can hardly wait until tommorrow. Thank you 🙂

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