There are many ways to cook a turkey besides stuffing. As long as you’re not doing a spatchcock turkey there are plenty of option. You can stuff it with other ingredients, such as fruit, nuts, and vegetables. Fill your bird with healthy ingredients like celery, cranberry sauce, orange juice, applesauce or pumpkin pie filling. Some people even stuff their turkeys with potatoes or cornbread dressing since these are favorites for Thanksgiving anyway. These tasty options will give your meal tons of flavor without anything simple like stuffing!
Stuffing can be healthy too! Fill your bird with healthy ingredients like celery, cranberry sauce, orange juice, applesauce or pumpkin pie filling. Some people even stuff their turkeys with potatoes or cornbread dressing since these are favorites for Thanksgiving anyway. These tasty options will give your meal tons of flavor without anything simple like stuffing.
Some people get creative with the turkey itself! Try adding some fruit, nuts, and vegetables for a healthier meal. Putting cranberry sauce in the cavity makes it easier to baste and adds a cranberry flavor. You can even make it more healthy by adding whole cranberries. Put some orange slices in the cavity for a citrus flavor. Try stuffing your turkey with fruit to cut down on sugar! Apples are great in the cavity for added sweetness and rosemary or sage leaves add another layer of flavor. You could even use an entire lemon inside the bird, or some other citrus fruit.
There are other options than plain old stuffing! You can even try putting an herb butter under the skin instead of just inside the cavity. This way, your turkey will be juicy and have a flavor you can see coming through the skin. Garlic is great for this because it adds a crisp flavor that tastes delicious. It’s important to use whole cloves of garlic so you can pull them out easily. This is a great way to add flavor without the extra salt in stuffing mixes.
You can also stuff your turkey with sausage, oysters, cornbread dressing, onions, garlic cloves and sweet potatoes. This is a great way to add some extra flavor to your bird. You can even try making stuffing with cornbread instead of traditional bread so you don’t have to worry about running out if you stuffed it too much!
It’s not very Thanksgiving-y, but this is a great way to use up leftovers that may otherwise go bad! Fill your turkey with leftover mashed potatoes or rice pilaf. You can even try cereal, gravy or other leftover scraps you might have in the fridge. Turkey is great for taking on flavors that would normally go less well with poultry.
In this article, we’ve shown you some of the tastiest ways to make a turkey dinner without stuffing. We hope that by reading these recipes and tips, you find new excitement for your Thanksgiving meal! If there are any other healthy alternatives to stuffing on Turkey Day that you know about or want to share with us, please let us know in the comment section below.