Morton Thompson's Turkey Stuffing
From the book "Joe, the Wounded Tennis Player" by Morton Thompson.
Adapted by Craig Claiborne in the NY Times.
It has everything in it but the kitchen sink--see my notes below.
One apple, peeled, cored, and diced
One orange, peeled, seeded, and diced
One "number 2" can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
rind of one lemon, grated
3 tablespoons chopped preserved ginger
2 five-oz cans water chestnuts, drained and coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons powdered mustard
2 teaspoons caraway seeds
3 teaspoons celery seeds
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
2 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 crushed bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon mace
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon summer savory
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
3/4 teaspoon sage
3/4 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
6 large ribs celery, chopped
4 large onions, peeled and chopped
5 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon salt
6 cups fresh bread crumbs, or 3 packages bread crumbs
3/4 pound ground veal
1/2 pound ground fresh pork or sausage
1/4 pound butter
One 16-pound to 20-pound turkey
In one bowl, combine the diced apple, orange, crushed pineapple,
lemon rind, ginger, and chopped water chestnuts. Mix well.
In a second (huge) bowl, combine all the herbs and spices,
the parsley, garlic, celery, onions, Tabasco, and salt. Toss well.
Add the remaining ingredients and the contents of the first bowl.
Blend everything well with the fingers. Stuff the turkey and skewer it.
Roast according to any standard recipe.
Any leftover stuffing may be frozen and
used later for chickens, ducks, or another turkey.
My notes: I cut this recipe in HALF.
The first year I made this, there was way more stuffing than needed for a turkey--even cutting it
in half, you will still have enough to stuff the turkey and bake some seperately (casserole style).
I used half of a one-pound loaf of savory 7-herb bread--home made in my bread machine.
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December 9, 2003