French-Style Roast Turkey With Chestnuts


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Dinde farcie accompagnée de marrons

French Style Roasted Turkey With Chestnuts!

We had such a great response from readers for our Pork Roast with Chestnuts that we decided to share another favorite recipe with Chestnuts: Dinde au Marrons or Roast Turkey with Chestnuts. The sausage meat adds excellent flavor and spice to the naturally sweet chestnuts … and Philippe loves the cognac but recommends doubling the amount below.

Roast turkey with chesnuts a la francaise

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: Approximately 3 hours

Ingredients (serves 8):
– 1 turkey approximately 10 pounds
1 1/4 Cup  (300 grams) Chestnuts
1 1/4 Cup  (300 grams) of sausage meat
 1 Cup (225 g) of bread
 2/3 Cup (15 cl) milk
 3/4 Cup (20 cl) cream fraiche or sour cream
 1/2 Cup (125 g) butter
2 tablespoons oil such as olive oil
4 shallots
– 2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
 1/2 Cup (5 cl) cognac
– Salt and pepper
-3.5 pounds (1.5 kg) small potatoes
 2/3 Cup (15 cl)  broth (I cheat – using chicken broth cubes)

Preparation :

Prepare the filling:

  • Soak the bread in milk.
  • Melt the chopped shallots in the butter; add the sausage meat and let brown for a few minutes.
  • Squeeze the bread and stir in the skillet adding the chestnuts, thyme, parsley, brandy, salt and pepper.
  • Stuff the turkey and  close the opening (one year I forgot to check the cavity and found wrapped gizzards wrapped in paper afterwards. So check the cavity first)
  • Oil the turkey
  • Place turkey in a dish, season with salt and pepper, add bay leaf and butter. Pour the broth in the dish. Start cooking: Place turkey in a cold oven and then put it to 250 °F (or 120 ° C) for 1 hour. Drizzle pan juices regularly. Increase the oven temperature to at 340 ° F ( or 165 ° C) for 1 hour.
  • Last hour:  Finish by 1 hour baking at 400 °F (or 210 ° C). Half hour before estimated finish, add the small potatoes to  the pan juices and cook for 30 minutes. Delicious!

 

Chestnut roasted turkey

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