April 28, 2017

It’s OK To Serve Stove Top Stuffing and Turkey Loaf for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Thanksgiving Tips from KnowABit!

The holidays are about spending quality time with family and friends, not about working all day in the kitchen. If you have the money to have your holidays catered, then by all means do so. The rest of us will serve Stove Top Stuffing and these other instant holiday foods that don’t cost much more than cooking from scratch.

Turkey Comes in an Easy-To-Carve Loaf!

If you didn’t know about Turkey loaf, then you are in for a wonderful labor-saving surprise! You find it in the deli meat section of most supermarkets. It is wrapped in white plastic. Inside, it is a log of white turkey meat, pressed together. You take it out of the plastic, put it straight into a baking pan, and heat it in the oven for an hour or so. When it comes out you just slice it like bread.

Stove-Top Stuffing

Of course, there is no place inside a turkey loaf to make stuffing, so you make Stove-Top Stuffing. This is available in most supermarkets. It comes in a red box on the shelf. Sometimes it is in the pasta section of the store, and sometimes the store has a whole instant dry food section. You just add boiling water and butter, stir, and let it sit for a few minutes.

Canned Gravy

The turkey loaf doesn’t make enough drippings to make gravy, either, so you buy canned turkey gravy. It is on the soup aisle in most supermarkets, but ask a store employee if you can’t find it. You can substitute canned chicken gravy if the store doesn’t carry canned turkey gravy. Buy several cans so that you have enough to eat with leftovers!

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Why go to all the trouble of peeling and boiling potatoes? You make instant mashed potatoes. The best brand out there, in my opinion, is Paradise Valley All Natural Creamy Mash Potatoes. I have only found these at Costco, but call all the supermarkets in your area and you are bound to find one that has it. Even Potato Buds are better than spending all that time peeling potatoes, though.

Bakery Pumpkin Pies

You probably already know you can buy canned pumpkin to make pumpkin pies. You can also buy bakery made pumpkin pies in most supermarkets. If you buy them at Costco it isn’t any more expensive than making the pies from the canned pumpkin. Buy them a few days early to make sure you get one.

Interestingly, if I make the pumpkin pies I would rather make my own crust than use the ready made crusts you can buy at the supermarket. I don’t roll my crust, though. I just finger-press it into the pie pans.


I have enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas much more since the Christmas my sister-in-law admitted she serves Stove-Top Stuffing, Turkey loaf and these other instant holiday foods.

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