Glazed Turkey with Sweet Potato Dressing
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 orange, rind finely grated, juice squeezed and reserved
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted, divided use
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot, scrubbed and chopped
1 celery rib, trimmed and chopped
1/2 cup chopped peeled parsnip
1 teaspoon ground sage
1 (approximately 10-pound) turkey
Place sweet potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water.
Simmer 15 minutes, or until tender.
Drain, mash, and stir in the grated orange rind.
Place half the melted butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Add onion, carrot, celery and parsnip.
Cook 10 minutes, stirring often. Add sage.
Add mixture to the sweet potatoes, mixing well.
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Spoon the stuffing into turkey.
Insert a meat thermometer through the body cavity into the thickest part of the stuffing.
Brush remaining butter on the turkey and place in a roasting pan.
Bake at for 30 minutes.
Reduce the heat and continue baking at 375°F 1 to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature registers 180°F.
Baste often with the reserved orange juice and any juices that collect in the pan.
When turkey is done, let stand 20 to 30 minutes before carving.
Makes 12 servings