Hi there and welcome to your Turkey Dinner Survival Guide! You’ll get a timeline for cooking everything yourself in one day. I usually cook a 16 pound bird for our family but you can use this for any size bird (as long as you adjust the cooking time for the bird). I’ll be giving you a .pdf version that I personally use as well as a .doc version you can edit to suit your own family’s needs. You’ll also get every recipe I use when I cook up a big turkey dinner with the fixings.
Our Turkey Dinner Includes:
Now I do cheat when it comes to the stuffing and the gravy. I like to use Stove Top Sage Stuffing and McCormick Turkey Gravy. If you are brave and make your stuffing from scratch, please make sure to take that into consideration when editing the .doc version. If you make your gravy from scratch, good for you! I think that’s awesome. If you keep running out of gravy though, since birds really don’t produce much, add a packet gravy to your homemade gravy and it will go very far and still taste amazing. To save space on your stove, after the gravy has been made, put it in a small crock pot to keep warm.
So, without further ado… click below to download either the .pdf or .doc versions of my Turkey Dinner Survival Guide!
Hello everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas Day. We had a wonderful time watching little man open all his presents. We also enjoyed a low fuss Turkey Dinner. Stay tuned for my Turkey Dinner Survival Guide. In the mean time, did you get any great kitchen presents? This year I gave some jars of my Italian Seasoning Mix with printouts of a few recipes it can make. Keep this seasoning in mind for a quick gourmet gift for every foodie all year round! Just make up a batch of the Italian Seasoning Mix and store in a spice jar. Print out the Recipe cards and cut them to 3×5 size (one would be folded in half). Wrap up with a pretty bow or in a nice bag and you have a wonderful gift!
When you go to eat your leftover turkey, is it deliciously moist or is it dry and hard? Often times when we go to reheat the turkey leftovers, it goes in the microwave and comes out dry as a bone. No one wants to eat dry turkey. And, often our gravy is long since gone. What is a person to do?
To combat dry turkey:
Drizzle some chicken stock over your turkey before reheating. The turkey will soak up the stock and leave you with deliciously moist turkey.
1/4 c Italian Dressing
1 lb. Turkey, 1/2″ pieces (cooked)
1 Onion, diced
2 Tomatoes, diced
8 oz. Tomato Sauce
4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 c Pasta
Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Heat Italian dressing in a high sided skillet over medium heat. Add your onions and turkey. If your turkey is not pre-cooked, cook it for about 8 minutes. Otherwise, let it brown nicely. While it doing that, combine your tomato sauce and cream cheese. Blend them up to fully incorporate it and add it to your turkey with some diced tomatoes. Toss in your pepper flakes and stir well. When the pasta is done, drain well and mix with the turkey and tomato. Enjoy!
This is one of those ultimate comfort foods! You can make this dish with turkey or chicken. I’ve used turkey this time and I’d almost forgotten how amazingly delicious this is. Make sure that you top it with a homemade crust!
3 c Turkey, diced
¾ c Chopped Onion (3 tbs Dried Chopped Onion)
1 Carrot (cut ½” cubes)
2 Celery Stalks (cut ½” cubes)
2 oz. Green Peas (frozen)
1 Medium Potato (cut ½” cubes)
3 tbs Vegetable Oil
6 tbs Flour
4 tbs Butter
1 ½ c Half & Half
4 c Chicken Stock
Dice the onion, carrot, celery, and potato into ½” cubes. Dice the turkey into ½” cubes. Heat oil in a large high sided skillet over medium heat. Sauté the vegetables. Add the turkey, season with salt and pepper, sauté. Once turkey is cooked, melt the butter in the pan and add the flour. Reduce heat to
low and stir until it’s all mixed. Add chicken stock, bring to a boil, skim off any foam that has formed on the surface (this really reduces the amount of liquids!), reduce heat to low. Simmer for 15 minutes stirring occasionally until liquid has been reduced to half the original amount. Add ½ and ½, increase to moderate heat. Bring to simmer, once thickened add peas, and season with salt and pepper. Turn off heat hand remove from stove. Preheat the oven to 400` F. While preheating, let the filling cool and make the homemade crust! Put filling into 9×13 pan, cover with dough, brush dough with egg, bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes (golden brown crust), cool for 20 minutes (under aluminum foil).
If you liked my turkey pot pie, you’ll love my other recipes!
*Thanks to my wonderful husband who helped take pictures of me rolling out the pie crust over the pot pie!