Something Wild About That Turkey

Of all the silly infantile jokes, this one takes the cake (or a pumpkin pie, in this case):

What did the turkey say when he saw a computer? “Google, google, google!”

I guess that was a wild turkey who had never been introduced to a Publix freezer. But then, if we believe the story about Pilgrims and Indians, and the first Thanksgiving, those turkeys did not know from Publix either. I am talking about the birds, Beautiful People, not the Pilgrims and Indians!  Since at this day and age we have to hunt for our turkeys (real or vegan) in a supermarket freezer, I decided to give it at least something wild – stuffing.

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I was asked for stuffing recipes, so here is a wild one! We used to roast duck with this stuffing, and I thought a turkey would also appreciate something original. I used a mix of wild, brown, and long grain white rice, and I just cooked it all together in my handy little rice cooker, with a pinch of salt and a little Smart Balance.

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While the rice was cooking, I chopped walnuts and prunes. You can probably use other dry fruit as well, but I haven’t tried, so I don’t know.

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Once your rice is ready, mix it with chopped nuts and prunes, and season it with cinnamon, sumac, salt and pepper, and my secret ingredient – sweet wine. Mix it well and cook for another 5 minutes or so. If rice is not soft enough, add some water, but not much. Remember, it’ll go inside the turkey and cook in turkey juices for hours! You don’t want it mushy.

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You can have it done in advance and freeze it, but make sure to defrost it before stuffing the turkey. It is delicious on its own at any time during the year, and very easy to make. But mixed with those turkey juices – your wild Thanksgiving will be more delicious than ever!

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups cooked rice mix, wild, brown, and long grain white in equal amounts (2 cups uncooked)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pitted prunes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 tablespoon sweet red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

  • Cook rice according to directions
  • Add walnuts and prunes. Add wine, season to taste. Add water, if needed.
  • Mix, cook for 5 more minutes.

Enjoy!

 

 

60 Comments Add yours

  1. lilyandardbeg says:

    Your stuffing sounds yummy (for a non-turkey, I’ll think about what to put the stuffing in, some vegetable, I think). Walnuts and prunes are a match made in heaven (and cinnamon-lots and lots) 🙂

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    1. Suggestions: eggplants, peppers, or kabocha pumpkin, and you can make it as spicy as you want, but avoid tomato-based sauces as the flavors will clash. Better use some more sweet wine.

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      1. lilyandardbeg says:

        I’m going to stuff aubergine (eggplant) with it 🙂

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      2. I just got a couple of nice firm ones at the farm store, so that’s where the leftover stuffing will go.

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      3. lilyandardbeg says:

        In my house all the leftover stuffing goes into me! 🙂 Fried…(well, it’s winter, I need my fuel)

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      4. Enjoy! You don’t have to worry about cholesterol for quite a number of years yet! And anyway, they say it’s genetic, so what the heck…

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      5. lilyandardbeg says:

        Good think about my plant based diet is that my bad cholesterol levels have always been very low. And I think I’m rather good, in general (varied diet, lots of fresh fruit and veg, lots of exercise) apart from the love of fatty food. Oh, well, it doesn’t seem to hurt me (yet) so I’m not going to worry 🙂 Not sure what my genes are (long term), my family tend to die young – in accidents. I might have a gene responsible for risky behaviour…

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      6. I don’t know what you call risky behaviour, but when I was a kid, there wasn’t a tall tree that I didn’t climb or a rock from which I didn’t dive. I was on motorcycle since the age of 15, and gave up scooter and roller blades only a few years ago after I broke my ankle (at work, in the school yard!). Is it genetic? Perhaps, but the only person in my family who exhibited the same traits was my great-grandmother, and she lived to be 93. So there!

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      7. lilyandardbeg says:

        I love climbing trees 🙂 And motorbikes 🙂 I’m accident prone, unfortunately (though mostly when snowboarding or horse riding) but still alive 🙂 The ‘ killer’ in my family is cars -so as much as I love driving really fast, I try not to. Having said that: my family members have been killed by drink-drivers, so it’s not really our genes (they might have been risk-averse, which seems rather likely – I’m a careful planner and try to avoid serious risk of any sort). Well, I’m planning to live a long and happy life (and I’m sure you’ll live well beyond a 100!)

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      8. I also have a car-related demise in my family, and also by a drunk driver. It doesn’t stop me from “putting pedal to the metal” occasionally, but always carefully. Your plans should come to fruition!

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  2. Cute joke! Love the idea of a wild rice stuffing!

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    1. Yeah, take a walk on the wild side!

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  3. randyjw says:

    Gobble-gobble… Happy Thanksgiving! Looks delicious!

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    1. It’s Google-google! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, and thank you!

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  4. This stuffing sounds amazing! You’re so creative. Keep the deliciousness coming ♡

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    1. Thank you so much, dear! I am glad you like it.

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  5. Ummm! and, your making it so delicious This is a great recipe!!

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    1. Thank you so much – glad you like it!

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      1. Great Thanksgiving share! All that goodnes makes the dressing scrumptious ! 🙂

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      2. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      3. Same to you and your family! 🙂

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  6. voulaah says:

    That’s so yummy
    thnak you for sharing
    kisses back to you
    Anita

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    1. Thank you, darling, glad you like it!

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      1. voulaah says:

        oh so welcome

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  7. “Google, google” is just about right… My former backyard in West Virginia was home to so many wild turkeys I stopped eating Turkey out of respect for my “neighbors” (smile)

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    1. At least those were not computer-savvy turkeys of which there are too many nowadays! You just reminded me of a story about an old lady who was unable to get rid of mice in her apartment so she made a peace pact with them: she fed them under the bathtub, and they didn’t venture anywhere else.

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  8. So creative and sounds so tasty mingling with the turkey juices 🙂 Jen

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    1. Thank you so much! Happy Thanksgiving to the whole family!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging – I just found your comment!

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  9. Reblogged this on koolkosherkitchen and commented:

    The “T” day is getting closer – Happy Thanksgiving, Beautiful People!

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  10. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    WE WILL, WE WILL!

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  11. Doug Thomas says:

    Sounds yummy! And I love3d the turkey joke! LOL! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Dolly!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend. You and Andy also have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
      Is Mr Andy getting any turkey?

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      1. Doug Thomas says:

        I’m not sure I’m getting any myself! LOL! I probably will do something with chicken because turkey rarely comes in small enough portions for me. Andy actually doesn’t get interested in anything but chicken, ‘nip, grass, and Greenies.

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      2. You can probably get just a piece of a turkey already pre-cooked. I am making my smoked turkey cigars (will post tomorrow) and will also stuff a chicken because turkey has been outvoted by the younger generation. The kitties will get shredded turkey in gravy, though.

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      3. Doug Thomas says:

        I suppose so. An alternative would be to make use of prepared meals various agencies and restaurants offer.

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      4. Some things never occur to me, Doug, but you are right, of course. Everybody and their uncle is advertising “full holiday dinner for a modest price.” I just don’t think their modesty is the same as mine.

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      5. Doug Thomas says:

        The nurse practioner associated with the dialysis clinic actually offered to share her family’s T-day dinner with me since, of course, they would have plenty. I thanked her, but I really don’t need to observe the family or eat a groaningly large meal. Dialysis patients have what’s called dry weights – the goal weight after dialysis. When you put on too much weight above that, especially fluid, you risk painful cramping during the procedure. For that reason – I just got a lower weight goal and am in the process of learning how far I can go weight-wise before I risk cramping…- this holiday is one I need to avoid traditional holiday gluttony, for which I traditionally was, well, a pig! LOL!

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      6. How about just tasting a couple of bites of everything? That’s what I try to do (it doesn’t always work, though, I confess).

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      7. Doug Thomas says:

        That’s an ideal way to go, but it just sets up a bad scene. LOL!

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  12. CarolCooks2 says:

    I was a tree climber too nothing dainty and girly about me…smile….Love the stuffing mix will definitely try it out…Thank you for sharing, dear Dolly 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol; I hope you like it.

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      1. CarolCooks2 says:

        I’ll be sure to let you know, dear Dolly 🙂 x

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