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Friday, March 2, 2012

Turkey And Dressing In March? Why Not?

Been mostly puttering around today.
 Finished off a few painting projects, did laundry, housework, read a few blogs,
looked at more decorating ideas at BHG.com
You know...day off stuff.

I've been thinking about making turkey and dressing
 so I decided today is the day.
Now don't misunderstand, I'm not cooking the full blown turkey day meal.
I have some leftover turkey in the freezer,
even found a couple 1/2 pint mason jars of turkey stock,
 so I'm going to improvise.
What I'm going to do is make the dressing and add chopped turkey to it.
Trust me...I've made this before.

The turkey is thawing and the freezer bag of veggie ends
(onion skins, celery ends, garlic peels) are in a pot with water, gently simmering.
Crap.... only found a few slices of bread in the freezer and no cornbread.
Texans need cornbread in their dressing!
OK...
I made some foccacia dough in the bread machine,
whipped up a double batch of cornbread batter and both are in the oven baking.
The extra cornbread will go great with beans and rice
and the extra bread is good all by itself!.

The slightly wilted celery, an onion, a couple of pepperoncini and some garlic
are chopped and waiting to be sautéed.


OK, breads are out of the oven, lets get this done!
(I oiled the foccacia bread and added herbs to the top).

1. Drain the solids off the veggie stock,
add the turkey stock to the veggie stock and set aside.
2. Cube up about 5 cups of the two breads, put in a large bowl and set aside.
(I usually do equal amounts of each bread).
3. Cube the turkey and set aside.
4. Sautee the chopped veggies.

This is where it all comes together.

5. Throw a handful of dried herbs into the bread bowl, your choice.
Add the sautéed veggies and mix.
Add the cubed turkey and mix.
Add the stock to your desired wetness, I like mine on the wet side.
Pour into an oiled 9 x 13 baking dish.
Bake uncovered at 325° for 1 hour.
You could even sprinkle on some grated cheese
in the last 15 minutes of baking, but
I think I'm going to make gravy with the leftover stock.


There you have it, turkey and dressing with very little fuss!

I'm off to Canton Trade Days tomorrow,
I don't need anything but you never know....

Till next time,
Bonjour

5 comments:

sawn48 said...

Yum! Sounds delicious. ....and not needing anything never stopped me either. Hope you found something pretty and/or useful.

Lynda said...

Oh Boy! I'm making this on Sunday. I have the family coming over to help plant some fruit trees...I promised them dinner. They really will love your turkey and dressing! I have tons of lemons so I'm thinking a lemon pie would be nice too. Enjoy your weekend!

Nancy Claeys said...

Your meal looks amazing -- we had turkey last week, just because! :)

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Thanks, I have a lot more turkey in the freezer.....
Need to put on a pot of beans, hubby likes cornbread & beans!

Leontien said...

hmmmmmm sounds good! maybe you could do this with chicken too???

Big hugs and hope you are doing better?!?

Leontien