Chinese Turkey with Eight-Treasure Stuffing
1 turkey, about 12 pounds
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon crushed roasted Sichuan peppercorns
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup corn oil
1/4 cup brandy
3 scallions, cut into 1-inch sticks
1 2-inch piece of ginger, sliced thin
2 cups long-grain glutinous rice
6 cups water
6 shallots, chopped
8 fresh shiitake mushrooms, diced
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 cup diced water chestnuts or 1 cup peeled and diced jicama
1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
1 cup peeled and cooked chestnuts, sliced
1/2 cup diced smoked ham or turkey
Salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Rub the turkey with the coarse salt and peppercorns.
In a small bowl combine the soy sauce, 1/4 cup of the corn oil,
brandy, scallions and ginger, and mix well. Place the turkey in a
roasting pan, and pour the marinade over it, rubbing the liquid into
the cavity. Allow to marinate, covered in the refrigerator, for
several hours or overnight.
Place the rice in a bowl. Cover with the water, and let soak for 4
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Heat the remaining 1/4 cup of the oil in a large skillet. Add the
shallots, and cook over high heat, stirring, until lightly browned,
for about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms, and continue to cook for
another 2 minutes. Add the rice, and stir until it is well coated
with the oil. Pour in the stock, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat
to low, cover, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir. The rice will be
almost, but not completely, cooked.
Transfer the rice mixture to a large bowl. Add the water chestnuts
or jicama, chopped apricots, chestnuts and smoked ham or turkey, and
stir until thoroughly combined. Season with salt and pepper to
taste, and mix again.
Cover the turkey with foil, and bake for 2 hours, basting
occasionally with the marinade and juices in the bottom of the pan.
Remove the foil, and continue cooking for another hour or until a
meat thermometer placed in the thickest part of the thigh reads 180
to 185 degrees F.
Place the stuffing in a greased casserole, and brush with 4
tablespoons of the marinade and turkey juices. Bake, covered,
alongside the turkey for the last 45 minutes of its cooking time.
YIELD: 12 Servings
Chinese Cuisine by Susanna Foo