Wash the turkey well and put it to boil with its innards. Remove the foam and boil it for 1.5 hours.
Set aside the topmost 4-5 leaves of sauerkraut, chop the rest of it. Distribute the sauerkraut in the tray.
Drain the boiled turkey and strain its broth.
Top off with a little oil and 1 cup of the broth from the turkey. Saute the stuffing until the rice absorbs the liquid.
Stuff the turkey well and sew it closed. Put it in the tray on top of the seasoned and slightly oiled sauerkraut. Pour in 3 cups of broth.
Smear the turkey with a little oil outside and cover it with the set aside sauerkraut leaves.
Put the stuffed turkey to bake in a preheated moderate oven for about 90-120 min.
15 min. before taking the Christmas turkey with sauerkraut out, remove the leaves and let it gain an appetizing crisp.