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Ah, good ol’ turkey and dressing. ‘Tis the season for this classic Thanksgiving side dish to grace our tables and dinner plates, and I’ll be the first in line to plop a heaping of it on my plate on Thanksgiving day! Dressing can be quite a controversial topic, especially here in the south. Much like the long running soda vs. pop debate, the country seems to be a bit divided on the proper name for this dish. Some say stuffing, and some say dressing, and while there technically is a difference, it’s minor. Stuffing is cooked inside a bird, and dressing is cooked inside a pan. No matter how you prepare it, all I know is that I want a whole bunch of it!
If you’ve been following along here lately on Southern Made Simple, you may have noticed I’ve been on an egg roll kick. It brings me so much joy to take traditional and classic dishes and put a fun and fresh new twist on them, and rolling up a spoonful of turkey and dressing and serving it up egg roll style has got to be my favorite culinary creation this year. While dressing takes on a slightly softer texture, pairing it with the crispy crunch of an egg roll wrapper really takes this dish over the top!
Everyone and their grandmother has their own family recipe on how to make dressing. Some make it with cornbread, some with loaf bread, and some even prepare it with a pre-packaged mix. To tell you the truth, the latter is my favorite bread to use. Shh, don’t tell grandma! I’m all for keeping things simple in the kitchen, and I believe you can achieve big flavors without all the fuss, and fuss is something I definitely don’t want to serve come Thanksgiving day!
To bump up the flavor a few notches in my dressing, I use Better Than Bouillon Roasted Turkey Base, a paste concentrate that is equivalent to a bouillon cube or broth. I find that using it adds that “cooked all day” flavor to my dressing, and there’s multiple flavor varieties to choose from! (Click here to see more varieties and to find it at a store near you.)
Since my oven is always in high demand on Thanksgiving day, I like to utilize my other appliances where I can to make sure everything will be cooked and ready to go in time for dinner. I make my dressing in a slow cooker by simply adding 2 turkey tenderloins, 2 heaping tablespoons of Better Than Bouillon Roasted Turkey Base, 4 cups water, diced onions and celery, and 3 boxes of turkey flavored stuffing mix. Easy peasy and crazy good!
I’ll be divvying up half of the dressing and serving it in a side dish, but the other half will be rolled into egg rolls for people to enjoy as a little something different. Once the dressing is cooked thoroughly, set a little aside and let it cool. Scoop a spoonful of it into the lower center of a wrapper, roll and fold the edges and cook in a deep fryer heated to 350 F for 3 1/2 minutes.
Transforming turkey and dressing into egg rolls is also a great and creative way to use up leftovers! I love to dip them into a pureed cranberry sauce, since turkey and cranberry sauce go together like peas and carrots. 😉
Here’s a free printable copy of the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!
- For Dressing:
- 3 boxes turkey stuffing mix
- 4 cups water
- 2 Tbs Better Than Bouillon Roasted Turkey Base
- 1 24 oz package of turkey breast tenderloins
- ½ cup diced celery (add more or less to taste)
- ½ large yellow onion, diced
- 1 package egg roll wrappers
- Oil for frying
- For Cranberry Dipping Sauce:
- 1 lb fresh cranberries
- 2 cups orange juice
- 1 cup lemon lime soda
- 1 Tbs molasses
- 3 Tbs brown sugar
- For turkey and dressing:
- Pour 4 cups water into slow cooker
- Add turkey tenderloin, Better Than Bouillon Roasted Turkey Base, diced celery and diced onions
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours
- hours into cook time, add stuffing mix and stir well
- Continue cooking for remaining time, stirring occasionally
- Shred turkey and place back into pot
- Remove a portion of the dressing and allow to cool
- Preheat deep fryer to 350 F
- Roll a spoonful of dressing in egg roll wrapper according to package instructions
- Fry for 3½ minutes
- Serve with cranberry dipping sauce
- To make cranberry sauce:
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil
- Reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally for 35-40 minutes, or until liquid is reduced by half
- Pour cranberry mixture into a blender and puree until smooth
- Serve warm with egg rolls
Whether you’re serving up a classic staple dish or putting a fun twist on an old favorite (like these turkey and dressing stuffed egg rolls,) reach for Better Than Bouillon this season to bring the flavor profile up a few notches in your cooking! It can easily and effortlessly be used in recipes to save time and add flavor for any upcoming holiday celebration, be it Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas or New Years!
What dishes are you preparing for friends and family this season? Do you have a fun idea on how to serve up a traditional recipe in a new way? Drop a comment below and share your ideas!