Butterflied Turkey with Fennel, Sausage, and Ricotta Stuffing
You can never have too many main course recipes, so give Butterflied Turkey with Fennel, Sausage, and Ricott From preparation to the plate, this recipe takes about 45 minutes. Head to the store and pick up fennel bulbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, and a few other things to make it today.
Heat oil in large skillet overmedium-high heat.
Add sausage. Sautéuntil cooked through, about 6 minutes.Using slotted spoon, transfer to bowl.
Adddiced fennel, leeks, and shallots to skillet.Sauté 8 minutes.
Add garlic and wine. Boil 3minutes, scraping up browned bits. Scrapeinto bowl with sausage. Cool. DO AHEAD: Canbe made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.
Mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan, andricotta into stuffing.
Whisk eggs, sage,rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, andfennel fronds in bowl. Stir into stuffing.
Mix fennel seeds, rosemary,salt, and pepper, then oil in small bowl. Rinseturkey; pat dry.
Place turkey, skin side down,on work surface.
Spread half of fennel oilover flesh side. Turn turkey over onto largerimmed baking sheet. Tuck wing tips under.
Starting at neck end, run fingers gentlyunder skin of breast, thigh, and legs.
Spreadstuffing under skin. Massage to even outthickness of stuffing.
Spread fennel oil overturkey skin.
Set rack at lowestposition in oven and preheat to 350°F.
Pour1 cup stock or broth onto baking sheetunder turkey.
Roast turkey until thermometer insertedinto thickest part of thigh registers 160°F to165°F, adding stock by cupfuls if pan is dry,2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Transfer turkey to platter; letrest 30 to 45 minutes. Reserve baking sheetwith juices. While turkey rests, prepare
Prepare barbecue(medium heat).
Remove top grill rack.If using charcoal, light briquettes inchimney. When covered with white ash,push to opposite sides of bottom rack.
Place disposable aluminum pan in centerof rack (you will need to light additionalbriquettes, checking every 30 minutesduring grilling time). Replace top rack. Ifusing 3-burner gas grill, light burners onleft and right sides, leaving center burneroff. If using 2-burner gas grill, light burneron 1 side; place disposable pan overunlit side.
Place turkey, skin side up, on rack overpan; cover. Insert instant-read thermometerinto hole in hood. Maintain temperatureat 350°F on charcoal grill by opening andclosing vents or adjusting temperatureon gas grill with controls. Grill untilthermometer inserted into thickest part ofthigh registers 160°F to 165°F, tenting withfoil if browning too quickly, 13/4 to 2 hours.
Transfer turkey to platter; let rest 30 to 45minutes (internal temperature will rise5 to 10 degrees).
Serve grilled turkey with
Mixed-Mushroom and Tarragon Gravy.