One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

turkey stuffing on a large oval plate next to extra plates and forks

A Smaller Gathering at Thanksgiving

Happy November! This holiday season is definitely different than ever before. In our family, we have a tradition on Thanksgiving to get together with my dad’s side of the family. It’s a fun time with about 20 – 30 people who are all really good cooks! But this year, with all the social distancing guidelines and precautions, there won’t be a joyous and awkward family food fest. So if you’re only getting together with like six people, then is roasting an entire turkey really worth it? Don’t get me wrong – turkey leftovers are the bomb. Turkey sandwiches, turkey and white bean soup, homemade turkey broth, shredded turkey tacos… Yummm.
But a turkey is BIG and it makes a LOT of meat. So here’s a way to enjoy the traditional turkey flavor, without risking your insanity defrosting and cooking a turkey all day long to only satisfy a few people. This one-pot Thanksgiving turkey stuffing comes together so easily. The ground turkey allows you to cook flavorful turkey and stuffing at the same time! All the flavors sing in this dish with the seasoned ground turkey, fresh celery and carrots, the herby thyme and parsley, the bit of heat from the chili flakes, the umami of the miso, and the magic of bread.

Traditional Thanksgiving with a Twist

There are two not-so-traditional ingredients that I added in this one-pot Thanksgiving turkey stuffing.

The first is miso paste. Miso is made of fermented soybeans. It adds a whole new dimension of salty, umami, rich flavor to your Thanksgiving stuffing.

Chili flakes are one of my favorite spices to add to savory dishes. In small amounts, it doesn’t add “spicy” to the point of a fire explosion on your tongue. Instead, it adds a pleasing warmth, like a cozy small fireplace you want to sit beside all night long.

What are some of your family’s go-to recipes and traditions for the holidays? I sure will miss my Aunt Emily’s cranberry trifle and my Dad’s famous mashed potatoes. Since this year is different, I think it’s the year to take a few risks and get a little creative with traditional dishes. Also check out my roasted veggies and sausage and turkey stuffed squash recipes, which are tasty, healthy and super simple for a small gathering this holiday season! Or if you’re more of a turkey bacon person than a ground turkey person, make some bacon sage cornbread stuffing! 🙂

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One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

Most of us will be gathering in smaller groups this year for the holidays. This one-pot Thanksgiving turkey stuffing is perfect for your holiday menu this year! All the flavors sing in this dish with the seasoned ground turkey, fresh celery and carrots, the herby thyme and parsley, the bit of heat from the chili flakes, the umami of the miso, all mixed together with the comfort that eggy baked bread provides.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword baguette, dairy free, dairy free recipes, ground turkey, november, thanksgiving dinner, thanksgiving main dish, thanksgiving recipes, thanksgiving stuffing, thanksgiving turkey, turkey stuffing
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Author strawberryandcream

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette, diced into large bite-size chunks (about 10 cups)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp miso paste
  • 2 large eggs

Instructions

  • Dice the baguette into bite-size chunks, to get about 10 cups of bread cubes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Over medium-high heat, melt the butter in a Dutch oven.
  • Add the ground turkey and diced onion along with the salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, celery, carrots, chili flakes, parsley and thyme. Cook for another 2 minutes, until the garlic and herbs become fragrant.
  • Move the Dutch oven off the heat. Mix in the bread cubes, and 1 cup of broth.
  • In a small bowl, microwave the remaining 1 cup of broth for one minute. Whisk in the miso paste and two eggs. (The miso paste will more easily dissolve if the broth is warm).
    Combine the broth/miso/egg mixture with the rest of the stuffing.
  • Cover the Dutch oven with the lid and cook in the oven for 40 minutes. Enjoy!!

Published by strawberryandcream

Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)

11 thoughts on “One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you!! That’s what I was thinking too I hope you get to try it!

  1. LaDonna Remy – United States – I am a trauma and attachment therapist, who works in a private practice setting. My passion is in exploring and supporting exploration of the human condition. I love writing, reading, learning, exploring nature, and spending time in connection with those I love. My blog, Perspective on Trauma. shares thoughts on a variety of topics including social justice, emotional well-being, trauma and attachment, grief and loss, and moving forward. I am hopeful you will find something that speaks to you here. I welcome your thoughts and comments.
    LaDonna Remy says:

    This sounds really delicious.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Thank you so much!

  2. Markus + Micah – We are Markus + Micah. We live in a tiny house by the sea, grow our plants, cook plant-based food, travel, and design wellness retreats and mindful programs so we can all live meaningful lives.
    Markus + Micah says:

    Yum! I love your photos here a lot. Can I just ask what those cut flowers are? They look lovely.

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      I’m like 90% sure they are carnations They were a gift from my sweetie pie so I’m not totally sure. But they stay fresh and vibrant for weeks!

      1. Markus + Micah – We are Markus + Micah. We live in a tiny house by the sea, grow our plants, cook plant-based food, travel, and design wellness retreats and mindful programs so we can all live meaningful lives.
        Markus + Micah says:

        Please tell your sweetie pie I approve of him 100%.

        1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
          strawberryandcream says:

          Hahaha! Awww I will tell him!!
          What’s your go-to gift for your significant other when it’s not like a “special occasion”?

    1. strawberryandcream – Hello! I am on an epic adventure to learn how to cook and bake. So far I have only given myself food poisoning twice and made myself sick about a half a dozen other times. I am notorious for making poor substitutions, being clumsy in the kitchen & getting sent to the ER, and creating food that just looks downright nasty. But alas! I will prevail and learn how to master the art of feeding myself! :)
      strawberryandcream says:

      Either would be delicious! Maybe you could make sushi with thanksgiving turkey?? Whaaaaat!

what do you think? :)