Old Time Roasted Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy

It just wouldn’t be the holidays without this traditional Christmas turkey roasting in the oven.  When we were children, my sister and I would awaken on Christmas morning to a magical twinkling tree (that Santa had trimmed of course) and the mouth watering aroma of turkey roasting in the oven.  May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and the happiest of New Years.


1 fresh or thawed frozen turkey (13 - 15 pounds)

1 teaspoon parsley flakes

1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon oregano

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 whole bay leaf



2 Italian sausage links, cubed

1 1/2 loaves day old bread torn into medium size pieces

2 large eggs

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 cup green peppers, chopped

1/2 cup sweet red peppers, chopped

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon oregano



3 cups turkey drippings, strained

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons water


Rinse turkey, place in a large roasting pan, baste with olive oil or butter.  Sprinkle with seasonings; pre-cook, covered, for 2 hours at 350 degrees to expose inside of turkey to heat before adding stuffing.



In a large skillet with olive oil, cook sausage until brown.  Add onions, peppers, celery and seasonings; sauté until vegetables are tender.  In a large bowl, combine bread, sautéed sausage mixture and eggs; mix well (if mixture is too dry add some of the cooking oil used to sauté vegetables).  Remove turkey from oven; spoon stuffing loosely into turkey.  Drop 1 or 2 bay leaves into bottom of pan; cover and return to oven; roast, until turkey is golden brown, about 2-1/2 to 3 hours, basting often.



In a small bowl, add water to flour and mix with fork until smooth.  In a medium saucepan, slowly add flour mixture to strained turkey drippings and stir until it thickens.  Decorate turkey with sprigs of fresh bay leaves or your favorite holiday greenery.


Yield:  8-10 servings.

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