Tuesday, November 24, 2009

30 and counting.....Turkey and Oyster Stuffing (ok, not vegetarian, but still tasty)

For the Brine:
1 cup kosher salt
½ cup brown sugar
5 bay leaves
2 tablespoons black pepper corns
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon rubbed sage
1 tablespoon coriander seeds

Dissolve brine in 2 qts. Boiling water.  Once dissolved, add in 1-2 qts. more water (depending on size of bird.  Place turkey in a large Ziploc storage bag or baking bag, and when the brine is cool (you can add ice cubes to speed process) pour over the bird and make sure it is entirely covered.  Let bird sit in brine for 12-24 hours.  Remove, rinse and roast normally.
Roast in roasting pan or bag for 4hrs at 325 degrees.

For Gravy:
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in skillet, add 2 tablespoons of flour, stir until blended and begin adding, liquid from turkey and follow with stock from giblets.  (Giblets cooked by covering with water and adding about 1 small chopped onion, salt and pepper) Stir gravy until thickened over med/high heat.  Reduce heat, add chopped meat from neck of turkey, salt and pepper to taste.

**Just so you know, the judges said that Mom’s was one of the top two turkeys of the day.  Take that, deep-fried-burnt-turkey-winning family.

2 bags of soft cubed stuffing mix
1 pt. of fresh oysters chopped
1cup of chopped celery
1 cup of chopped onion
2 tsps  ground sage
1 tsp. ground  thyme
1 cup of butter
1 cup stock (chicken, turkey, or vegetable will work)

Melt the butter in a large frying pan, sauté celery and onions until clear and softened.  Add  the cubes to the mixture and the sage and thyme, turning it over and over until coated, add the oysters and liquid, stir up well and add water if needed for moisture,  Mixture should be soft but not mushy cook for a couple of minutes and when the cubes begin to brown, transfer mixture into the turkey  to stuff,
Place the remaining stuffing in an 8 x 8 sq. pan and cook for 35 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees.

**John Besh LOVED this stuffing.  Go, Mom!  Funny story: We forgot to put the oysters on our ingredient list for the Food Network to shop for us.  (There was and INSANE amount of paperwork and very little time to complete it all.)  We realized at 11pm the night before the competition.  Chef Dan, head of catering for the day, came through - in spite of a debilitating, potentially fatal shellfish allergy - and somehow got us perfect oysters in lovely, landlocked Denver, CO.  


Julie said...


So glad I found you. My sister in law is a vegetarian and we have been trying like mad to come up with an alternative turkey dish for her for Thanksgiving. I saw the show this weekend and thought you guys were great! Your Turkey Tofu Loaf looked wonderful. I described it to her and she would really like to try it. Any way you can post the recipe?

Sarah said...

Hi, Julie!! Posting the tofu recipe on Wednesday! I'm glad you found me, too!