Traditional stuffing also known as turkey stuffing, is a delectable combination of sweet and savory ingredients that creates an exquisite contrast of flavors. Each family has its own version of the stuffed turkey, but most include a variety of meats, fresh and dried fruit, olives, spices, and bread or rice
To make a good turkey stuffing you’ll need the following ingredients: ground or minced meat bacon or ham, and fruit. The remaining ingredients can be added or changed to suit your taste and what you have on hand you can use walnuts but if you only have almonds or pecans, you can substitute them. If you don’t have raisins, or if you don’t like raisins, you can substitute dried prunes or cherries. To add sweetness to the filling, I use sweet wine, but you can also use panela or sugar.
The stuffing can be cooked until fully cooked on the stove but it can also be baked on its own or used to stuff the turkey. I like to stuff the turkey with a little, but there isn’t enough room in the turkey for the amount of stuffing required to serve everyone, so I also bake a stuffing pan to accommodate everyone. This filling can also be used to stuff the baked chicken.
- 6 tablespoons or 3 ounces of butter
- 1 pearl onion or white onion, diced - about 2 cups
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon ground achiote
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 pound ground beef
- 10 ounces chorizo
- 6 ounces diced bacon
- 1 apple, peeled and diced
- 1 cup of raisins or an assortment of dried fruit, chopped cherries, plums, apricots, etc.
- 1 cup of sliced olives
- ½ cup of chopped walnuts
- 3-4 sprigs of fresh herbs thyme, oregano, parsley, etc.
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup of sweet wine - you can use Muscat Gewürztraminer, port
- 2 cups bread crumbs and an additional tablespoon to sprinkle on top
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 2 cups white wine or chicken broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Combine the minced onion, crushed garlic, annatto, cumin, and salt in a mixing bowl. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.
- Combine the ground beef, chorizo, and bacon in a mixing bowl. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Combine the raisins, apple, walnuts, olives, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, herbs, and sweet wine in a mixing bowl. Allow cooling for 10 minutes. Take the herb sprigs out of the mixture.
- Cook for another 5 minutes after adding the breadcrumbs and beaten eggs.
- Mix in the white wine or chicken broth thoroughly.
- Place the filling in a baking dish, top with the tablespoon of bread crumbs, and bake for 30 minutes at 350°F.
- You can also use the stuffing to stuff the turkey; you will most likely have plenty of stuffing leftover, which can be baked as described in the previous step.
Amount Per Serving Calories 2524Total Fat 185gSaturated Fat 91gTrans Fat 5gUnsaturated Fat 80gCholesterol 574mgSodium 3562mgCarbohydrates 105gFiber 10gSugar 43gProtein 81g