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Bacon Wrapped Roast Turkey with Fruits and Rice Stuffing

We can chat about yams, stuffing and pies all you want. But is there anything that says Thanksgiving more than the stuffed and roasted turkey? We think not. Here is a classic recipe with a twist: the stuffing is mainly rice with apples and cranberries. The best thing about this is covering the whole bird with the one-two punch of bacon and butter.
We can chat about yams, stuffing and pies all you want. But is there anything that says Thanksgiving more than the stuffed and roasted turkey? We think not. Here is a classic recipe with a twist: the stuffing is mainly rice with apples and cranberries. The best thing about this is covering the whole bird with the one-two punch of bacon and butter.

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 apple, diced
½ cup dried cranberry
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups of vegetable stock
5 basil leaves, fresh
1 rosemary sprig
salt
pepper
7 ounces of butter, room temperature
2 garlics, crushed
2 tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped
13 pounds of whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
20 bacon slices
7 carrots, peeled
1 white onion, quartered
8 celerys stalks

Ingredients

Steps

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Stewing the apple and the rice:

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Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet, then add the apple, dried cranberries, and rice.

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Mix them and fry them together just a little bit, until some of the apple dices turn lightly golden brown.

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Add 1 – 1 ½ cup vegetable stock and start cooking everything.

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Add the fresh basil and rosemary leaves, stir everything and bring it to a boil.

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Simmer the mix over medium heat adding some salt and pepper and the rest of the vegetable stock.

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Cook and stir until the stock is absorbed.

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F / 165 degrees C.

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The butter-parsley mix:

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Use a small bowl to mix the butter, the garlic and the parsley together using a spoon. You want to get a homogenous paste.

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Stuffing and cooking the turkey:

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Stuff the turkey with the rice and apple mixture and truss its legs.

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Smear it with the butter-parsley mix and then cover it entirely in bacon slices.

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Place the turkey on a baking tray inside a baking plastic wrap. Also make room for the carrots, the onion and the celery around it. Wrap them.

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Roast the stuffed turkey for 5 hours.

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Nutritional Chart

1098 kcal
Calories
19 g
Protein
115 g
Fat
62 g
Carbohydrates

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Vlad Popa

I guess I’ve always had a passion for cooking ever since I was a kid when I was mom’s little helper in the kitchen. Even though I wasn’t actually cooking, I was a picky eater, and I focused on bringing more flavor to her dishes, by adding extra herbs and spices I felt might enrich it. Time has passed, and I haven’t changed that much: I am now my girlfriend’s helper.

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