Chinese-American Thanksgiving Turkey

  • Serves

    serves 10-12

Short-grain arborio rice can be substituted for sticky rice if necessary, but omit the soaking step.


  • 1 (12-lb.) turkey, giblets coarsely chopped and reserved
  • 3 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dried black mushrooms
  • 1 12 lb. lean ground pork
  • 3 Tbsp. Chinese light soy sauce
  • 4 Tbsp. shaoxing (Chinese rice wine) or dry sherry
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut oil
  • 12 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 12 lb. Chinese pork sausage, coarsely chopped
  • 12 lb. peeled water chestnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cups sticky rice, soaked overnight
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch


Step 1

To prepare turkey, rinse, pat dry, then place in a large roasting pan. Rub skin with 2 tbsp. sesame oil, then season with salt and pepper, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Step 2

To make the stuffing, place mushrooms in a small bowl. Cover with hot water and set aside until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain mushrooms, then remove and discard stems. Coarsely chop caps and set aside. Meanwhile, combine pork, 1 tbsp. soy sauce, 1 tbsp. shaoxing, 1 tsp. salt, 1⁄2 tsp. pepper, and remaining 1 tsp. sesame oil in a medium bowl. Mix well and set aside to marinate for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Heat a large deep skillet over high heat. Add peanut oil, then add scallions and ginger and stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add ground pork mixture and giblets and cook, stirring, until meat begins to brown, 3 minutes, then add sausage, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and rice. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes more. Add 3 cups stock, remaining 2 tbsp. soy sauce, and 3 tbsp. shaoxing. Season with salt and pepper, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Uncover and set aside to cool.

Step 4

Using your fingers, loosen turkey's skin. Stuff a thin layer of rice mixture between skin and breast, then fill cavity (any extra stuffing can be steamed in a baking dish for 40 minutes). Truss turkey with kitchen string and place in a large baking pan. Put baking pan on a rack in a larger roasting pan. Fill roasting pan with about 1'' boiling water and cover with a tight-fitting lid or aluminum foil. Place on top of stove over two burners, then steam over medium heat (adding water if necessary) until juices from turkey run clear, about 3 1⁄2 hours.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 350°. Discard steaming water. Transfer turkey to rack in roasting pan. Pour juices from baking pan into a small saucepan. Add remaining 3 cups stock and set aside. Roast turkey for 25 minutes, then increase heat to 450° and roast until golden brown, about 15 minutes more. Remove turkey from oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Meanwhile, to make sauce, mix cornstarch with 3⁄4 cup water. Bring stock mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Skim, stir in cornstarch, and cook until thickened, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve with turkey and stuffing.

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