Turkey Cooking Adventure

>> March 31, 2009

We had an impromptu turkey dinner for family (7 adults) a few days ago. I made 2 turkey breasts (15 lbs total) that I had purchased at $0.99 a lb. I cooked it using a modified recipe that I found on A Year Of Crockpotting. Basically when I roasted my 1st turkey breast (yes this year..) I had intended to cook it in the crockpot, because I equate crockpotting as easier and less work.

However, my 7ish lb turkey breast wouldn't fit into my crockpot. Anyway, I still used the crockpot recipe to prepare the turkey breast, before following the oven directions on the turkey packaging. Basically, I rinsed and dried each breast, stuffed a chopped onion, garlic and stick of butter into each breast. (oh and salt and peppered them of course).

Anyway, Peter loves the way the turkey turns out. So it works for me. :-)

Anyway, I also made free steam fresh veggies and free mashed potatoes. The turkey breasts come with a little packet of gravy, so that was "free" as well.

I also made stuffing for the first time. And of course I did it in the crockpot! I again found the recipe on A Year Of Crockpotting. I only slightly modified this recipe, by leaving out the parsley because I didn't have any and I toasted the bread in the toaster, because I was afraid to mess with the oven with the turkey breasts cooking in it. Anyway, it turned out pretty great. Next time I will let it cook longer than the 2 hours listed (it seemed too moist).

My costs for the stuffing:
Loaf of bread: $1
Apple: $0.25
Celery: $0.30
Onion: $0.25
Butter: Free :-)
Broth: $0.79
Spices... negligible
Total cost: $2.59

Cost analysis: My 5 QT Crockpot was full of stuffing and it was enough for everyone at dinner to eat. However there were no leftovers, so the next day I stopped in at Walgreens to grab a box of stove top stuff. It cost $2.69 (although free since I used my walgreens gift card), it made far less stuffing than the crockpot recipe and of course it didn't taste as good.

Summary: Our turkey meal for 7
+ left over turkey meal the next day for 4
Total Cost $20.28

(Our guests did bring some french bread and cupcakes/cookies for dessert).

Another 1st time recipe adventure we took on was to make turkey broth out of the turkey carcasses. We basically followed this recipe. It made a TON of broth and made the house smell SOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOD!! I froze about 10 cups of it (we will see how I manage to use it...) and the rest made a HUGE pot of turkey soup.

Peter is pretty good at making turkey soup. Basically it included the following:
Left over turkey
Brown rice (cooked in rice maker)
1 onion (diced and sauteed)
Green onions (diced and sauteed)
Mini carrots (diced and boiled)
Celery (diced and sauteed)
Clove of Garlic (diced and sauteed)
2 cans of diced tomatoes

While the carrots were boiling, Peter sauteed the other veggies and then dumped it all into the turkey broth with the last of the left over turkey, salt and pepper. It was super yummy!

This cost us about $4 for the extra veggies/rice to add to the broth and leftover turkey. We will be eating this delicious soup for several days! It is so flavorful and Yummy!!!


Ellen March 31, 2009 at 8:46 PM  

Glad the turkey broth recipe worked out for you! We love turkey soup here. And of course you can do the same basic thing with leftover chicken carcasses, though it won't make so much broth! ;)

kc March 31, 2009 at 9:52 PM  

Less broth because its a smaller carcass? We made so much turkey soup, I am not sure if we can eat it all before it goes bad. It certainly is yummy though!

Precious April 1, 2009 at 4:05 PM  

Hi KC,

The next time you make a turkey dinner I am coming! :-) YUM! You did really well. I love turkey soup. You can always freeze it in meal portions if you can't eat it all this week. I do that when I know we will get sick of eating it.

kc April 1, 2009 at 4:09 PM  


I thought about freezing it, but I wasn't sure the best way to do it. I did freeze the broth in about 2 cup portions in a freezer bag. However, would I do the same with the soup? I think its too late for that now, we made it sunday and its been several days in the fridge. I think we will eat what we can tonight and then toss it. I am not sure how much longer the leftovers will be good.

I was very happy with the our cooking adventure though! :)

Precious April 1, 2009 at 7:28 PM  

KC, You can freeze it in a Ziploc as long as it doesn't have potatoes in it. I use rice in my turkey soup. I also freeze it in portion size Rubbermaid or Tupperward containers - even a labed margarine tub would do!

kc April 1, 2009 at 7:47 PM  

Thanks for the input precious, I don't ever put tupperwear in the fridge, and I was thinking soup would get really icy or defrost weird. We will try it next time, it would certainly be nice to pull out delicious soup a few servings at a time, rather than get burnt out eating it all week!

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