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Apricot-Stuffed Turkey Thighs

(Family Features) - Celebrate the awakening of spring with friends and family by serving Apricot-Stuffed Turkey Thighs at the center of the plate. This light and nutritious meal provides high protein, low calorie turkey wrapped around succulent apricots, which are full of vitamins, fiber and iron.

"Hosts should consider the importance of serving healthy, but good tasting, foods during celebrations," said Christine M. Palumbo, a Chicago-based registered dietitian. "Many guests watch what they eat on their own, but slack on their diets when away from home. Healthy eating should be consistent, not just convenient."

Turkey is also easy to cook because it comes in many simply prepared products. No longer served as just a whole bird, turkey is a dinner staple for many families. Turkey's absorbent qualities make seasoned tenders burst with flavor. Many recipes at the National Turkey Federation's EatTurkey.com can be prepared with ease, leaving time to mingle with guests.

Apricot-Stuffed Turkey Thighs can be served over brown rice with a side of asparagus, creating a complete and balanced meal. Choose an angel food cake for dessert to complement the apricots, and give guests a healthful and sweet after dinner treat.

Apricot-Stuffed Turkey Thighs

Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped raisins
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2/3 cup plain dried bread cubes
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless turkey thighs
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup 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

Preparation
    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. Preheat oven to 325°F. Flatten turkey thighs to approximately 3/4-inch thick by placing between 2 pieces of wax paper and pounding with blunt side of meat mallet.
    3. Divide stuffing evenly between thighs. Encase stuffing by folding opposite sides of thighs over stuffing to make bundles. Secure each bundle with string.
    4. Arrange bundles, seam-side-down, on lightly greased rack in shallow roasting pan. Roast in preheated oven 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until meat thermometer reaches 180°F.
    5. In small saucepan over medium heat, combine cornstarch, bouillon, mustard, honey and lemon juice. Cook and stir until sauce thickens. Remove from heat and fold in mayonnaise.
    6. To serve, remove string from thighs. Slice into rolls and top with creamy mustard.

Serves
Yield 4 servings

SOURCE: National Turkey Federation


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