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The seasons they are changing! It’s Fall and I love this time of the year. I love the crisp cool air, the need for a light jacket, the colors, and the tastes of the holidays that come with the season! Now sure, as soon as September hits it becomes a Merry Hallothankmas celebration, but I like to experience the holidays all year round, who says we have to ONLY enjoy turkey on in November?! It’s a versatile lean protein that is excellent all year round.
When I started cooking Thanksgiving for my entire extended family 5 years ago, I went to the most trusted Turkey brand: Butterball! Growing up I always associated a good moist turkey with the name of Butterball, so when I went to the store purchased the biggest Butterball turkey I could find. I went home and waited eagerly for the big day to come so that I could prepare it. Thanksgiving day arrived I was able to deliver a delicious turkey to my family’s table.
Now fast forward five years, and here it is the weather is getting cool and crisp, pumpkin is in the air, hay rides abound. But it’s only September! How can I satisfy that Thanksgiving craving without making a full-blown Thanksgiving dinner? I also did not want a calorie-loaded meal that usually comes along with Thanksgiving. I started brainstorming recipes. Butterball has Turkey Burgers! They are fantastic nutritious alternatives to beef and could be used to get the turkey flavor I was looking for that won't break the bank. I thought maybe I could create ‘thanksgiving muffins’ which would be thanksgiving in one bite. It's different, unique and maybe will feed my holiday craving! I knew that Butterball’s turkey burgers would be perfect, add some stuffing, cranberries and gravy; I figured I’d give it a whirl!
I cooked the turkey burger patties with sage, poultry seasoning, and a little salt breaking up the meat as it cooked to resemble ground. I allowed the mixture to cool and then I mixed up some cornmeal mix, sage and poultry seasoning, onions, oil, dried cranberries, eggs, milk and combined it with the cooled turkey mixture and voila Thanksgiving in a bite!
I popped the mixture into muffin tins and baked them fro 15-20 minutes at 400 until they were done. While they were baking, I made simple gravy with chicken stock I had on hand and it was simply the icing on top of the muffin. The gravy sent the muffins over the top and it literally felt and smelled like Thanksgiving with every bite! As you bite into these muffins you’ll be transported to your holiday dinner table! The turkey is absolutely perfect and so nutritious you can be proud to put it on the table. Thanksgiving dinner isn’t two months away, you can have it tonight, with Butterball turkey, a little stuffing, cranberries and gravy….all in one delicious bite! I hope you enjoy this recipe, I'm so impressed, I can't wait to make it again!
4 Butterball All Natural Turkey Burgers
2 cups of Cornmeal Mix
1 cup of chopped onion
½ cup of oil
1 cup of chicken stock
1 cup of milk
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
2 tbs of sage divided
1 tbs of poultry seasoning divided
(you can use more or less of the above 2 seasonings, I like my dressing really spicy so I probably used more than this.)
Salt to taste
1 tbs of garlic powder
2 tbs of butter
2 tbs of bacon grease
¼ cup of whole wheat pastry flour (or flour of choice)
4 cups of chicken stock
salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place Butterball turkey burgers in a pan with some chicken stock and ½ of the seasonings.
As the meat cooks break up with a wooden spoon.
Cook until pink is gone and set aside and allow to cool.
Meanwhile mix together all other ingredients using a spoon, careful not to over mix. Add in the turkey and combine.
Using non-stick spray, spray muffin tins and spoon into muffin tins.
I filled them ¾ of the way and this batch made 16 regular sized muffins.
In a skillet, allow butter and bacon grease to melt, whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute.
Add in while whisking the chicken stock and continue to whisk/stir until desired thickness of gravy.