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Apples stuffed with turkey
4-6 servings Medium
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Ingredients (15)

  • 6 medium apples
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground cloves
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 tbsp white wine
  • 6 tsp butter (or goose fat)
  • 2 cups cooked barley
  • 2 cups cooked millet
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 oz slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Many roast-turkey recipes call for stuffing the bird with apples. To reverse the idea – and to make a more manageable amount – this recipe fills hollowed-out apples with ground turkey. The seasoning options are limited only by your imagination, but this version takes a Mediterranean approach, using cinnamon, cumin, nuts and raisins. Pure bliss!


  1. 1Preheat oven to 350.
  2. 2Prepare a small pan by drizzling in 2 tbsp olive oil. Pour in apple sauce and 4 tbsp wine.
  3. 3Prepare the apples by coring them and hollowing out the pulp using a melon-baller or small spoon.
  4. 4In a medium bowl, combine ground turkey with ground cinnomon and cloves.
  5. 5Stuff the apples with the turkey mixture and arrange them in the pan.
  6. 6Gently pour remaining 2 tbsp wine onto the apples, and place 1 tsp butter on the top of each. Sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon.
  7. 7Bake apples for 45 minutes. Optionally baste the apples periodically with the liquid in the pan.
  8. 8Prepare grains by combining the barley, millet, salt and olive oil.
  9. 9Toast almond slivers.
  10. 10Once the apples are cooked, spoon roughly ¼ cup of pan liquid into grain mixture. Add raisins to grains, and stir to combine.
  11. 11Arrange barley-millet mixture in shallow bowls and place a stuffed apple on top.
  12. 12Scatter toasted almond slivers around the plate, season with cumin, and serve.
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