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How to stuff a turkey

Whole raw turkey, dressed with butter, spices and surrounded with veggies - oven ready |

If you’re a traditionalist and want to try stuffing the turkey this year, it can be done in a few simple steps. It really does make for a super flavorful and moist stuffing!

Of course, technically, if you don’t stuff your bird, it’s not “stuffing” — it’s “dressing.” But the terms are used pretty synonymously.

How to stuff a turkey in 3 easy steps

Note: As a safety precaution, don’t stuff your bird until you’re ready to put it in the oven, and make sure the stuffing (not just the turkey) reaches a temperature of 165 F.

  1. Prepare your stuffing and allow to cool, then season your bird.
  2. Pack the stuffing loosely into the neck cavity of your bird — don’t overstuff!
  3. Now perfect your trussing skills — Place the turkey breast side up in a roasting pan and tie the drumsticks together with kitchen string, as shown in the video.

Next, simply follow these steps for how to roast a turkey, and you’re on your way to a delicious and traditional Thanksgiving feast!

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