Turkey with 7-Grain Bread and Squash Stuffing

Photo provided by ButterballTurkey With 7-Grain Bread and Squash Stuffing is a traditional recipe sure to please everyone at the dining table.
Photo provided by ButterballTurkey With 7-Grain Bread and Squash Stuffing is a traditional recipe sure to please everyone at the dining table.

Turkey with 7-Grain Bread and Squash Stuffing

Makes 16 servings (6 ozs. turkey and 1/2 cup stuffing each). Recipe is from Butterball.

10 7-grain bread slices (15 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 8 cups)

1⁄3 cup butter

1 large onion, chopped (about 1 cup)

1 cup chopped celery

4 cups moderately packed chopped fresh kale

1 medium butternut squash (about 11/2 lbs., peeled, seeded and cubed

2 tbls. finely chopped fresh sage, or 2 tsps. rubbed dried

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

1/2 cup smoke-flavored almonds (from 6-oz. can), chopped

1 (14.5-oz.) can chicken broth

1 (16-lb.) turkey, thawed if frozen

Fresh sage leaves, optional

Nonstick cooking spray

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread bread cubes onto bottom of large shallow baking pan. Bake 30 minutes, or until lightly browned and dried, stirring occasionally.

2. Melt margarine in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery; cook and stir 5 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Add kale and squash; stir to combine. Cover; cook 6 minutes, or until kale wilts, stirring occasionally. Stir in chopped sage, salt and pepper.

3. Place browned bread cubes in large bowl. Add vegetable mixture, almonds and broth; toss to combine.

4. Remove neck and giblets from body and neck cavities of turkey; refrigerate for another use or discard. Drain juices from turkey; pat dry with paper towels. Fill neck cavity with part of the stuffing. Turn wings back to hold neck skin against back of turkey. Fill body cavity completely with stuffing.

5. If desired, loosen skin from breast by carefully working fingers under skin over breast. Place several whole sage leaves on breast under skin. Secure edge of skin with toothpicks. Place turkey, breast up, on flat roasting rack in shallow roasting pan. Spray turkey with cooking spray.

6. Bake 4 to 41/2 hours, or until meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees when inserted in center of stuffing and reaches 180 degrees when inserted in deepest part of thigh, covering breast and tops of drumsticks with aluminum foil after 21/2 hours to prevent overcooking of breast. Let stand 15 minutes before removing stuffing and carving.

Note: Place any extra stuffing in casserole dish. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. Bake, covered, at 325 degrees for 30 minutes, or until meat thermometer reaches 160 degrees when placed in center of stuffing.