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Recipe - Turkey Thighs Stuffed with Porcini, Sausage and Artichoke Hearts

Turkey Thighs Stuffed with Porcini, Sausage and Artichoke Hearts

Pair with Villa Bellangelo - 2011 Chardonnay

Yield: 6 Servings


For the stuffing 
  • 3/4 oz. dried porcini mushrooms (about 1/2 cup) 
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil 
  • 1/4 lb. sweet Italian sausage, casings removed (1 link) 
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion 
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic 
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped frozen artichoke hearts (no need to thaw) 
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme 
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary 
  • 1/2 cup coarse day-old breadcrumbs 
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten 
For the thighs 
  • 3 turkey thighs (14 to 18 oz. each), boned 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil


      Make the stuffing
      • Put the porcini in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Soak until soft, about 30 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the mushrooms from the liquid and chop finely. Save the liquid for another use or discard.

      • Heat the olive oil in a heavy-duty 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, using the side of a metal spoon or fork to break the meat into small pieces, until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chopped porcini, artichokes, thyme, and rosemary and cook for 2 minutes more. Transfer the sausage mixture to a large bowl and stir in the breadcrumbs and the Parmigiano. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and then stir in the egg. Spread the mixture on a plate and chill in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
      Stuff the turkey thighs
      • Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F.

      • Lightly season the boned thighs with salt and pepper. Spoon 1/2 to 2/3 cup of the stuffing into the empty cavity of one of the turkey thighs and spread the stuffing with the back of a spoon to fill the cavity completely. Repeat with the other thighs. Roll each thigh into a roughly cylindrical shape.

      • Tie each stuffed thigh with 2 to 4 loops of twine to secure. (It’s OK if some of the stuffing pokes out at the ends, because the egg holds the stuffing together.) Brush the skin side of the thighs with the olive oil. Lay the thighs seam side down in a small roasting pan or heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes. Brush the thighs with the pan drippings and continue to roast until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, 15 to 30 minutes more. Remove the strings and transfer the thighs to a warm platter. Let rest 10 minutes and then cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices and serve.

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