Apricot-Stuffed Turkey Thighs

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Apricot-Stuffed Turkey Thighs

Prepare these gorgeous apricot stuffed turkey thighs for a festival occasion sure to please all. Sweet from the apricots, spicy from the mustard, you get all the flavor in one dish.

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Creamy Mustard Sauce and Plating

  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons raisins, chopped
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2/3 Cup plain dried bread cubes
  • 1-1/2 Pounds boneless turkey thighs, skinless
  • 1 Teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 Cup turkey broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 Teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons reduced-calorie mayonnaise


Turkey Thighs

1 In medium-size microwave-safe bowl combine apricots and raisins. Cover with hot water. Microwave at HIGH (100% power) 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until fruit is soft; drain well. Add garlic, onion, celery and bread cubes. Cover bowl with vented plastic wrap. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until onion and celery are soft. Set aside.

2 Flatten turkey thighs to approximately 3/4-inch thick by placing them between 2 pieces of wax paper and pounding them with blunt side of meat mallet.

3 Divide stuffing evenly between thighs. Encase stuffing by folding opposite sides of thighs over the stuffing to make a bundle. Secure bundle with string or metal skewers.

4 Arrange bundles, seam-side-down, on lightly greased rack in shallow roasting pan. Roast in a preheated 325 degree F oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees F.

Creamy Mustard Sauce and Plating

1 In small saucepan over medium heat, combine cornstarch, poultry broth, mustard, honey and lemon juice. Cook and stir until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and fold in mayonnaise.

2 To serve, remove string or skewers from thighs. Slice into rolls and top with Creamy Mustard Sauce.


National Turkey Federation