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Thanksgiving Anytime Skillet

Updated: Jun 23, 2022

It’s Fall Y’all! This Thanksgiving Skillet will satisfy that turkey, cranberry, stuffing craving all year round.

So sorry for saying it’s Fall Y’all I’m a southerner now (being from Florida does not count as southerner by the way) and I couldn’t help myself. Ok, now that we have that out of the way, can we talk about how it’s the Month. Of. Food?!?! Obviously, I’m excited about that and I know there is a tribe of you out there that live for this time of year, and for the flavors on this plate of food. You, my friends, are who this is for!

The excitement of fall started for me back in September when College Football started (no surprise there if you read my last post), and when the Halloween decorations went up. Halloween has an even more special place in my heart now because it’s when my son was born, so Spider Man strikes again! Also, the things we do for our kids, right? These masks are pure torture- on a whole other level than the “masks” we have to wear now.

If you know you know.

Can we real quick talk about this insane Real Estate market?! In my last post I wrote about how things are not doing the typical slow down you see in fall, and that is definitely still true. Want to hear the even more wild part? Things would be crazier if the inventory would pick up. Just take a peek at this chart from the FMLS which is the site that houses the listings in and around Metro Atlanta. The inventory is soooo low. What does that mean? That means less homes to buy, less homes to close, and it means an INCREDIBLE sellers market. If you need or want to sell your home, you have such an advantage right now. I mean, 2020 has been a terrible year any way, so how much more painful could it be having to move at the end of the year? Especially if you’re running to the bank with all your extra profits!

Ok guys, this Thanksgiving skillet. It was created in my kitchen last year, when I was craving the flavors of the big Thanksgiving meal and it comes together in about 30 minutes. I decided to make homemade cranberry sauce and gravy because it’s really so easy, but you know what’s easier? Buying it canned and jarred. Go ahead, grab it up and I won’t judge. This would also be delicious served over top of mashed potatoes, just sayin. Going to be doing a small Thanksgiving celebration this year? Try the skillet. Didn’t have the feast at your house and want the “leftover plate”? Try the skillet. Enjoying Christmas in July? Try the skillet. Just try the skillet people. Alright, here we go! Gather up those ingredients.

I like to start with the cranberry sauce since it takes a good 30 minutes for the cranberries to break down and become all saucy. All you need to do is pour a bag of fresh cranberries in a sauce pan, add the zest and juice of an orange, sprinkle in some sugar and simmer. If it looks like it needs a bit more liquid, add some water or orange juice (though if you’re adding the orange juice you may want to cut back on the amount of sugar you put in).

Get some of that butter in a skillet, melt and cook the veggies with salt and pepper until soft. Scoop out the veggies and brown the ground turkey with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.

Add the veggies back to the skillet and sprinkle with poultry seasoning.

Meanwhile, melt the last tablespoon of butter and whisk in your flour and cook on medium low for about a minute. Crank the heat up to medium high and whisk in 1 cup of chicken stock. Whisk and simmer until thickened and season with salt, pepper, and a bit of poultry seasoning. Or, take jarred gravy, open, throw away the evidence, pour in a pot, and stick whisk in before someone walks in the kitchen. {Look, I’m making homemade gravy!} Our little secret.

Back to the skillet. Add in your stuffing of choice. Now here is where I took a shortcut and used basic boxed stuffing, but if you want to get fancy you could take some stale bread, cut into cubes, and season and toast it. Sometimes this is a good use up of food and sometimes it’s just too much work, Karen.

This is also where I don’t read the box or follow instructions, I just poured enough chicken stock over the skillet to moisten the entire dish, cover it with a lid and cook for a few minutes until the stuffing is fluffy. If you watch my IGTV you know I don’t like to follow recipes, look I know what I’m doing (most of the time). Speaking of my IGTV, if you’re not already following me on Instagram "stacypatrick_thisrealtorcooks" click the Instagram icon above or below and come join me. I will have a quick cooking video of this recipe and I add mini bonus videos of my weeknight meals on there too.

That’s it! You’re done. Go ahead and plate it and top with the gravy and cranberry sauce, or whichever you like. Also, as I was enjoying this plate I had an epiphany. French fried onions! Put them on top, please, it adds crunch, saltiness and it’s a nod to another Thanksgiving favorite, green bean casserole. Yum!

My camera crew (aka my friend Tory) showing you just how good it is! Also, can we all look at her in disgust because she’s soo dang photogenic! Thanks Tory and Beth (not pictured).

Thanksgiving Anytime Skillet

Serves: 4

Cook Time: 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

  1. 1 lb ground turkey meat

  2. 2 cups stuffing mix

  3. 1 small onion

  4. 2 celery stalks

  5. 2 carrots

  6. 4 Tbsp butter

  7. 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning

  8. 1 1/4- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock

  9. 1 small bag fresh cranberries

  10. 1 orange

  11. 1-2 Tbsp sugar

  12. Handful of french fried onions (optional)

Directions:

Dice onion, celery, and carrots and set aside. Zest orange and set aside. Pour cranberries into a medium saucepan and add zest, juice of the entire orange, and sugar; stir and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally and add water or a splash of orange juice if cranberries look dry (remember if opting to use orange juice, add a bit less sugar). Melt 3 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet; add diced veggies, salt and pepper to taste, and cook until softened and onion is translucent. Transfer veggies to a plate using a slotted spoon. Add ground turkey to the same skillet, season with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning and brown. Meanwhile, melt the last tablespoon of butter and whisk in your flour and cook on medium low for about a minute. Crank the heat up to medium high and whisk in 1 cup of chicken stock. Whisk and simmer until thickened and season with salt, pepper, and a bit of poultry seasoning. Once turkey is cooked add veggies back into the skillet along with the stuffing mix, a bit more poultry seasoning, and the remaining 1/4- 1/2 cup of chicken stock; starting with 1/4 cup and adding a splash or so more at a time until stuffing is moistened but without a lot of excess moisture in the skillet. Cover and cook on medium low heat for 5 minutes or until stuffing is fluffy. Plate the stuffing mixture and top with gravy, cranberry sauce, and french fried onions (if using). Enjoy, and post if you try and tell me how you liked it!

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