Turkey-Cranberry Bake

This recipe comes from the October 2011 issue of Everyday Food magazine. It was fairly simple to make, and my family really enjoyed it. Even though it took 1 hour to complete, more than half of that time was unattended (it was either in the oven or cooling). It had all the delicious flavors of a Thanksgiving dinner, but it wasn’t heavy at all. I really think this would be a great way to use up leftover turkey from Thanksgiving–something I’ll have to try in the future.

Here is the breakdown of the cost of ingredients in the Turkey-Cranberry Bake:

Ingredients Cost of Quantity Used
olive oil  $0.21
turkey, ground  $4.29
sage, dried  $0.93
flour, all-purpose  $0.01
chicken broth  $1.11
celery  $0.32
bread, sandwich  $0.16
cranberries, dried  $0.89
eggs  $0.14
butter, unsalted  $0.09
onion  $0.40
Total Cost =  $8.53

As you can see, this can feed a family of 4 for $10 or less. There’s even a little leftover for a vegetable side dish–I think some steamed broccoli would be perfect with this.

Turkey-Cranberry Bake (adapted from Everyday Food magazine)

  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 yellow onion, diced medium
  • 1 1/2 celery stalks, diced medium
  • 5 slices white bread, cut into large cubes (4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Brown the turkey in a large skillet using 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add sage and flour and mix thoroughly. Stir in 3/4 cup broth and cook for approximately 2 minutes (until mixture thickens). Pour turkey mixture into an 8-inch baking pan.
  4. Wipe out the skillet. Saute onion and celery in 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil until softened (approximately 10 minutes). Season with salt & pepper. Turn off heat. Stir in bread, cranberries, and 1 cup broth. Pour eggs over bread mixture and gently combine. Scoop over turkey mixture. Sprinkle butter pieces over the top.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Broil for 5 minutes (or until top is golden brown). Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.
Serves: 4
Time: 1 hour

4 thoughts on “Turkey-Cranberry Bake

  1. This looks great! I loveeee Thanksgiving food. A sandwich shop near me has a sandwich called “the pilgrim,” with stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce and mayo on it. It’s to die for, but this looks like a fantastic and much cheaper alternative.


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