Cinnamon-Honey Glazed Turkey with Pecan…


Cinnamon-Honey-GlazedTurkeywith-PecanRiceStuf-Nov2013Cinnamon-Honey Glazed Turkey with Pecan Rice Stuffing

  • 1 (8-pound) turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups cooked rice, cooked in chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup honey, divided

Remove giblet packet from turkey; rinse turkey with cool water. Drain; set aside. Saute onion, celery, pecans and raisins in butter in large skillet over medium-high heat until vegetables are tender-crisp. Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt; cook 1 minute. 

Combine vegetables with rice in large bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup honey. Spoon rice into cavity of turkey. Use wooden picks, soaked in water, to enclose filling. 

Place turkey breast side up in roasting pan on rack coated with cooking spray. Roast at 325 degrees for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until internal temperature registers 180-185 degrees. 

Combine remaining 1/2 cup honey and remaining 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon in small bowl to use as glaze. Glaze turkey occasionally during last hour of roasting. (Cover with foil to prevent excess browning.) Let rest for 15 minutes to absorb juices and serve.