Friday, November 20, 2009

Frozen Turkeys & Best Ever Stuffing

This year I've decided to cook my turkey from the frozen state. Yup, that's right, no thawing the turkey for days in the fridge. I've done a bit of research on this, so not to worry, I won't ruin dinner--I hope!

You do have to cook it longer--much longer and I have a 23 pound bird, so he may even cook over night--or at least get up with the roosters, so he can be roasted properly. I've read that they cook more evenly and they should taste better and you don't have to give up space in the fridge with all of the pies, salads and such that will need the room and there won't be any drippy mess.

To find out more info on cooking a turkey from frozen here's a good tutorial on it in pdf. form.

HOW TO COOK A TURKEY FROM FROZEN

And if anyone's done this before I'd love to hear how you liked it and how the turkey turned out.


Now for the best ever stuffing recipe! This is a moist stuffing and it's done in the crockpot. I love that part! I've made it for the last several years and we love it! This recipe came to me from Amy Main of A Main Collection


Amy Main's Best Stuffing


1 cup butter
2 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped celery
1/4 cup parsley sprigs, chopped
2-4 oz cans sliced mushrooms, drained
12-13 cups slightly dry bread cubes
1 t. poultry seasoning
1/2 t. salt and pepper
1 1/2 t. sage
2-2 1/2 cups chicken broth (I use the boullion to make this)
2 eggs, beaten

Melt butter in skillet and saute onion, celery, parsley and mushrooms. Pour over bread cubes in a very large mixing bowl. Add all other seasonings and toss well. Pour enough broth to moisten; add beaten eggs and mix well. Pack lightly into crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 45 minutes; reduce to low for 4-8 hours. 6 servings

Note--I just use cheapy white bread that I tear up and let dry a bit in a big bowl. DO NOT use diet breads.


2009's Thanksgiving Menu

Turkey

Amy's Dressing

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Homemade Noodles

Broccoli Rice Casserole

Green Bean Casserole

Squaw Corn

Copper Pennies

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Rich Dinner Rolls--homemade

Pumpkin Pies

Pecan Pie

Chocolate Pies

Coconut Cream Pie

Cheesecake

Alka-Seltzer


Gobble! Gobble!

6 comments:

Fete et Fleur said...

I've never tried this before. I think I will experiment on a chicken first. Thanks for sharing the stuffing recipe.

Nancy

bj said...

O my! I haven't heard, ever, of anyone cooking fowl frozen. It is rather scary to me..but...if you've done the research, I am sure you know what you are doing...
It just scares me....I've always been told to thaw the turkey very slowly..never in hot water or a microwave...hmmmm...they come up with new things all the gime.
Be sure to let us know how it turns out...
Happy Thanksgiving...

Gayle said...

Lucky me! I was assigned Dressing for my contribution to Thanksgiving Dinner this year, and I immediately knew that I'd be making Amy's recipe. I'll have to double it at least to feed 20 people - lucky I have two crock pots!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

do you have room for 2 more..your menu sounds so good..makes my mouth wata..;)

whitey said...

Never heard of squaw corn, that is quite the menu it all sounds great!

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Cathy!
Ok, this cooking a frozen turkey thing got my attention. So Friday, I cooked one and it was fabulous! Thanks for the idea. I'll definitely do it again.
-Karoline