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Christmas Turkey Stuffed with Cognac, Apples and Raisins Recipe
Christmas Turkey Stuffed with Cognac, Apples and Raisins
Pierre Faucher, Sucrerie de la Montagne, Rigaud
Pierre Faucher, Sucrerie de la Montagne, Rigaud
Flavors of Quebec
Total time: more than 2 hours

Prep. time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: About 2 1/2 hours

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note

A traditional recipe as served at the Sucrerie de la Montagne in Rigaud

So as not to forget their French roots, Quebecers also prepare a turkey for the Christmas eve réveillon, stuffed with cognac, apples and raisins.

For 12 servings

- 1 farm Turkey, about 5 kg (11 lb.)
- 500 g (18 oz.) boneless pork loin
- 5 largeapples
- 250 ml / 1 cup raisins
- 1 small glass of cognac
- 10 chicken livers
- 1 bowl of stale bread crumbs
- A small glass of milk
- 1 egg
- 1 onion
- Salt, pepper and oil
- 2 slice of York ham

Side vegetables
- 1 kg (2 1/4 lb.) carrots
- 1.5 kg (3 lb.) broccoli
- 80 g (3 oz.) butter
- 15 g (1 Tbsp.) sugar
  1. Wash the raisins; drain, combine them with the cognac and leave to soak. Soak the bread crumbs in the milk.
  2. Finely chop the onions, sauté them for a few minutes in a skillet in hot oil.
  3. Peel, core and dice the apples; add them to the onions and cook 5 minute more; set aside in a bowl.
  4. Chop the chicken livers and the liver from the turkey; sear in hot oil.
  5. Drain the raisins, reserving the cognac. Pour the cognac onto the livers. Once it boils, flambé it and let reduce by half.
  6. Finely chop the ham.
  7. Finely chop the pork; sear it in the pan; add to the apples the livers, pork, raisins, ham, bread crumbs and egg; season with salt and pepper.
  8. Stuff the turkey with this mixture. Tie up the opening. Brush the turkey with oil and place into a 220° C (425° F) oven for 40 minutes. Reduce the heat to 200° C (400° F). Add a few knobs of butter and baste frequently.
  9. Peel the carrots. Slice into rounds. Place into cold water and cook with the butter and sugar.
  10. Cut the broccoli into little florets; steam and then sauté in a little butter.
  11. To serve, place the turkey on a warmed serving platter, accompanied by the carrots and broccoli florets. Serve the degreased jus on the side.
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