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Stuffed turkey is typical on Italian Christmas table, especially in the north. This recipe is made special by the combination of pork loin, salami and dried figs without sugar. A super filling that everyone will definitely like. In the site you will also find many ideas with stuffed capon too. Look for them in the same directory of this recipe.

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Meat-and-fig-stuffed turkey

Ingredients / Serves 8

  • 1 2.5kg (5 1/2 pounds) turkey, gutted
  • 300g (10 1/2 ounces) pork loin, minced
  • 100g (3 1/2 ounces) salami, in a piece
  • 50g (1 3/4 ounces) soft dried figs with no added sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 50g (1 3/4 ounces) onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 300ml (10 fluid ounces - 1 1/3 cups) orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Time:
    preparation: 30 minutes
    cooking: 2 hour
    total: 2 hour 30 minutes
  • Difficulty:
    easy recipe
  • How many calories in a serving?
    Calories: 376 (kcal) 19 % GDA (*)- 1572 (kJ)
    Protein: 41.0 (g) 82 % GDA
    Total fat: 20.9 (g) 30 % GDA
    Total carbohydrate: 6.0 (g) 3 % GDA
    Sugars: 5.8 (g) 7 % GDA

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Meat-and-fig-stuffed turkey recipe

Preparation and cooking

  • - Prepare turkey.
    Flame your turkey if necessary to remove any remaining feather more easily.
    Wash it under running water and pat dry with absorbent kitchen paper.
  • - Squeeze oranges (at least 4 big oranges to have the suggested dose).
  • - Prepare filling.
    Chop together salami and figs finely and add to minced pork. Add egg and chives too.
    Pour in 2 tablespoons orange juice. Season to taste with salt but be careful: salami is already salted.
    Stir accurately
  • - Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  • - Stuff turkey.
    Salt the inside.
    Fill internal cavity, completely.
    Close its opening with one or more long toothpicks.
    Salt turkey externally too.
  • - Prepare turkey for oven.
    Place chopped onion, orange juice mixed with olive oil and rosemary in a big baking pan.
    Put your turkey in the pan too.
  • - Cooking.
    Bake turkey, about 2 hours.
    Turn it every 20 - 30 mins.

Just before serving

  • - If you want a dramatic entrance, serve it exactly as you can see in the photo. But, generally, I prefer to leave aside every sensationalism and choose convenience and goodness. Therefore, when my turkey is almost cooked, I remove it from the oven, let it cool and then do portions leaving its filling entire. Generally enough cooking liquid remains. A final step in the oven ensures a complete cooking inside and flavor all pieces much more. Serve each portion with a bit of stuffing.



  • - Prepare this turkey ahead. Divide it into portions and complete cooking just before serving it.
  • - My stuffed turkey is very good in the following days too. So, if you have any piece left, do not worry.

Menu planning

  • - Stuffed turkey is a traditional dish for Holiday season.
  • - Serve this stuffed turkey accompanied by green sesonal salad, orange salad, roast or fried potatoes.

Healthy eating

  • - If you think how many ingredients are in this turkey filling, calories and fat are not high. The problem is in the other courses of your Holiday season menus.
  • - Fiber per serving: 0.6 grams.


What's the right wine for " Meat-and-fig-stuffed turkey "?

The wine should be matched according to the whole meal. This stuffed turkey can be paired with Italian Prosecco of Valdobbiadene, a white wine or a red, not tannic wine.