I want turkey!!
I want it all and I want it now!! I don’t want to wait a day for a turkey to thaw! I don’t want to fret over whether it is perfectly cooked to 165 degrees! In the words of the lovely Kimberly Wilkins:
Get it? Thyme! Tehehe. Don’t get me wrong. Mountain Man and I make a point of doing the whole darn dinner, with all the trimmings, for just the two of us typically a weekend or two before or after Thanksgiving. Why? Well, lets be real, one of the best things about turkey dinner is the leftovers. And if you aren’t hosting thanksgiving, well…
Or at least that’s how it feels the day after. It is one of the saddest things to go to Thanksgiving dinner and not get to enjoy the leftovers.
Sigh, I digress. But this is not about the big dinner. This is about having the next best thing to the big dinner when you want it on a Wednesday without having to prep a day before or cook for hours on end. Seriously! It can be done in 1.5 hours! It can! I’ll show you!
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 1 cup crushed bread cubes
- 1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 2 diced garlic
- Salt and pepper
Stuffing: This is a basic stuffing with apple that I make using the instructions from the Food Network: 50 Stuffing Recipes. This is a great collection. It starts with a general recipe that you can add or take away from. It’s the key stone of stuffing recipes!! Check it out, it’s awesome!! Since we’re not stuffing a giant turkey, I just cut down the amounts to work for the recipe.
- 6-8 cups bread cubes
- ½ yellow onion
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 diced fuji apple
- ¼ cup butter
- 1 egg and 1 egg white
- 2 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 1/3 cup chicken broth
As with most turkey dinners: Don’t forget the gravy! There aren’t any drippings so make your own from stock or be like me and get the canned stuff.
Time: 1.5 hours
Preheat oven to 350.
Prepare Stuffing: Instructions here.
I am planning on doing my own stuffing post soon but for now, the link above is just dandy!
In a mixing bowl blend all ingredients for the turkey loaf together.
In a greased 9×13 pan, make a narrow column down the center using 1/2 the stuffing.
Cover the stuffing with the turkey loaf mixture
Fill in the rest of the dish with the other 1/2 of the stuffing.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
Serve with all of your favorite sides! I chose green bean casserole and cheesy potato casserole this time.