How to Stuff a Turkey – Let me Count the Ways

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by Brandi Koskie Add
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Mother and daughter preparing turkey for Thanksgiving day.

The reason, I believe, there is so much pressure to make a turkey perfectly on Thanksgiving isn’t the need to feed a table full of your nearest and most distant relatives. It’s that we make this dish on one day a year. If this were the thirty-fifth time we’d prepared a turkey this year, like spaghetti or grilled chicken, we might do so a bit more haphazardly. But the turkey represents our one chance to show off our culinary prowess to a most discerning crowd.

When it was my turn to make my first turkey, I, like everyone else, wanted it to be exceptional. Citrus, herbs, and other aromatics were my muse, as was Alton Brown’s brine recipe. While I’m mostly bias, the turkeys I’ve brined are the best I’ve ever eaten.

After I’ve brined and we’re ready to roast, I stuff the turkey full of oranges, lemons, apples, garlic, onions, peppercorns, thyme, rosemary, and sage. It’s a beautiful bounty of tastes and aromas that will infuse your turkey through to its core with mouth-watering flavor. I slide some of this under the skin on the outside too, and then baste with olive oil and honey. The turkey practically carves itself it’s so tender and juicy.

That’s not the only way to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey though. In fact, the options are fairly limitless. So we want to be your guide to find the best possible way to stuff your turkey.

Steer Clear of Gluten

The word “stuffing” makes it sound like the best possible option; the food itself is not. It’s usually packed full of butter and salt that no one needs. And for the millions with gluten sensitivity, the whole dish is off limits. Our Gluten-Free Stuffing is savory and satisfying and won’t leave you with any regret. There can be some food safety issues with cooking this inside the turkey, so be sure you’ve done your homework before doing so.

Be Basic

A mixture of onions, garlic, celery, and bell peppers will add a classic flavor to your turkey in an almost effortless way. Filling your bird with a handful of each of these will keep it moist with a subtle flavor.

Sip of Brandy

Let your turkey have a little fun and take a tip from this Apricot Stuffed Ham recipe. Use a turkey breast instead of a whole bird, and fill it with orange and lemon zest and dried apricots. Then, create a glaze with honey, citrus juices, and brandy to coat the turkey while it roasts.

Think Tropics

Stuff the turkey with fresh, juicy pineapple chunks, fresh ginger root, lime juice, red onions, and even macadamia nuts. Then, use honey, brown sugar, soy sauce and olive oil to baste under the turkey’s skin. It will make for a sweet and tangy turkey unlike any you’ve ever had.

A good rule of thumb for turkey safety is not to eat anything you baked inside of it. Just scoop it out once the turkey has finished roasting and carve it, but do not serve any of the filling.

How do you prepare your Thanksgiving turkey?

Brandi Koskie
About Brandi Koskie, Guest Contributor

Brandi Koskie is the Managing Editor for and has a love for life that extends to living healthy. She enjoys finding new and interesting ways to infuse her cooking and recipes with flavor and nutrition and is always on the prowl for a tasty new treat that is at least somewhat guilt free.