Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Fruit Dressing

Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée
4 HR 30 MIN
Cooking Style
Whole Turkey


14-16 lb WHOLE TURKEY, fresh or frozen (thawed)

As needed salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp unsalted butter

2 Medium onions, chopped

16 oz jellied cranberry sauce

1/3 c light brown sugar

3 c herb-seasoned stuffing mix

2 c mixed dried fruit, chopped

1 c celery, chopped

2/3 c onion, chopped

1 c whole cranberry sauce

1/2 tsp ground sage

1/2 tsp thyme

1-1/2 c TURKEY BROTH or reduced-sodium chicken bouillon

Vegetable cooking spray

As needed pears or apples

As needed red grapes

As needed celery leaves



Remove giblet (discard liver), neck and any visible fat from turkey; reserve for stock. Blot dry with paper towels.

Season inside and outside of turkey with salt and pepper.

Tie drumsticks together and twist wing tips behind the back.

Place turkey, breast side up, on a wire roasting rack (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) in shallow pan. Cover loosely with foil.

Roast turkey in a preheated 325 degree F oven about 2-1/2 hours, basting with pan juices.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and cook onions with salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until very soft. (If onions begin to brown, lower heat.)

Stir in cranberry sauce and sugar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

Remove foil and pour glaze over bird.

Continue to roast ½ to 1-¼ hours or until the thermometer registers 165 degrees F.

Remove turkey from oven. Allow turkey to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.


In medium-size bowl combine stuffing mix, dried fruit, celery, onion, cranberry sauce, sage, thyme and turkey broth.

Coat a 2-quart oven-proof dish with non-stick vegetable cooking spray. Spoon dressing in dish and bake uncovered at 325 degrees F for 40 to 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.


Transfer turkey to platter and plate with dressing.

Nutrition Facts

Total Calories 760

Total Fat 27 g

Saturated Fat 8 g

Cholesterol 215 g

Sodium 910 mg

Potassium 1029 mg

Total Carbohydrates 52 g

Dietary Fiber 4 g

Sugars 33 g

Protein 75 g

% Daily Protein 10

% Daily Vitamin C 8

% Daily Calcium 10

% Daily Iron 35