One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

turkey stuffing on a large oval plate next to extra plates and forks
turkey stuffing on a large oval plate next to extra plates and forks
overhead shot of the ingredients laid out on a white surface and brown towel
girl in green dress holding turkey stuffing on an oval plate

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.

turkey stuffing on a large oval plate next to extra plates and forks
turkey stuffing on a large oval plate next to two plates with stuffing on them
turkey stuffing on a large oval plate next to two plates with stuffing on them, and a hand lifting a fork to take a bite

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! 🙂

One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing

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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.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people

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!!
Keyword baguette, dairy free, dairy free recipes, ground turkey, november, thanksgiving dinner, thanksgiving main dish, thanksgiving recipes, thanksgiving stuffing, thanksgiving turkey, turkey stuffing
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11 Replies to “One-Pot Thanksgiving Turkey Stuffing”

  1. Yum-number1

    Wow!! This is a great post. Super convenient for all the smaller get-togethers this year! Thank you for sharing your ideas!!

  2. jimerzen

    Looks yummy! Maybe I could make for my special guests on Thanksgiving. Or we could grab some sushi and musubi and head out to a sunset.

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