“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”~

Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance

In the hustle and bustle of your hectic life or perhaps in an effort to “keep up with the Jones” have you lost sight of the true meaning of Thanksgiving? Are you tired of slaving in the kitchen during the holidays, only to be left with a table full of dirty dishes, a refrigerator packed with leftovers, and a bathroom scale that is laughing at you every morning?

It may be time to celebrate the downsized life of Less is More, especially during our holidays.

Thanksgiving is not all about a huge turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream.  The name of the holiday conveys what the day is supposed to really be about. However, our overly-schedule and over-stimulated lives often make it difficult to spend time reflecting on the simple pleasures of life like love, grace, and family time. 

Here are some suggestions to help get your Thanksgiving holiday off to a good start and end it with gratitude.

For many of us who are downsizing our lives, homes, budgets, and caloric intake, a large stuffed turkey with all the trimmings may be too big a deal for a meal anymore. And, the time it takes to prepare it may not be worth the time it takes away from the family.

So, what is a mother to do for the Holidays? Is there an acceptable alternative to the retro bird?   

Try ‘Stuffed Turkey Sliders’ with all the trimmings. It’s a taste of the huge holiday dinner without the high cost, long cooking hours, endless leftovers, or overwhelming cleanup.

Slaving in the Kitchen Stops Today! Stuffed Turkey Sliders are easy to make and delicious.

Imagine cooking your Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner in a tiny toaster oven. No, this is not a joke.  And, you also have choices.

You can use preformed small organic turkey hamburgers known as sliders in the meat department of your grocery store, or form them yourself. You may choose to use all ground white meat, dark meat, or a combination of both.

If you choose to use preformed sliders skip numbers one and two under Directions.

All white meat turkey sliders will cook faster than dark meat sliders, but may be a bit less juicy. The juiciest turkey sliders are made of ground dark thigh meat. Dark meat turkey sliders usually take ten minutes longer to cook, depending on the size and thickness of your slider, as sizes may vary. Use a traditional Poultry Chicken turkey thermometer to test for well done meat.

Use Instant-read and Digital Thermometers not designed to stay in the food during cooking. Placed the thermometer in the thickest part of the slider. When the meat is fully cooked it will read between 175  to 180 degrees F (fahrenheit).

You can also make a very tasty slider that is a combination of both light and dark meat.   

Create the stuffing for the sliders by chopping and mixing together any left-overs from your refrigerator such as mushrooms, onions, spinach, and cheese. Or, you can stuff them with traditional stove top stuffing or your family’s favorite recipe.

Directions on how to make the sliders from scratch:

  1. Place 2 to 3 large tablespoons of ground turkey in the palm of your well-oiled hand and roll it into a meatball.
  2. Pat the meatball into a patty and hold it in one hand.
  3. Using the fingers, or knuckles if you have long nails, from your other hand, gently create a concave area in the center of the patty.
  4. Place the patty on a plate.
  5. Put one tablespoon of stuffing in the concave part of the patty.
  6. Repeat steps 1-3 to form a second small patty.
  7. Cover the first patty with the second one so the stuffing is surrounded by meat.
  8. Pinch the outside of the two patties together, as you would a pie crust, to create the stuffed slider and contain the stuffing and juices during cooking.
  9. Place the slider on the broiling dish in the toaster oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the juices run clear.

If the fall weather permits, you may also grill the Stuffed Turkey Sliders outside.

Stuffed Sliders are Versatile… Customize them for any Holiday!

What does the name Sliders have to do with a small hamburger? Slyders, as the White Castle Hamburger Company named them, were very small burgers that were sold at five cents a-piece until the 1940s, and they remained at ten cents for years while growing smaller in size.

A true slider is no larger than the palm of your hand, which most dietitians consider a serving size. They were nicknamed Sliders and later White Castle copyrighted the name Slyders. There is also considerable evidence that “slider” was a term used for a greasy hamburger that “slid down the throat” in the United States Navy, as early as the 1940s or 1950s. And, a “slider with a lid” was a cheeseburger.

You can put any “lid on it” you wish and make your slider a seasonal holiday meal by changing the type of ground meat used for the meat patty.

However, imagine the versatility of sliders when you use ground lamb for Easter, ground sirloin for Christmas, ground turkey for Thanksgiving and ground seitan for vegetarian and Vegan Lovers during all the holidays.  

Celebrate a turkey’s life and stuff a vegi-burger for Thanksgiving. Follow the same directions using meatless protein rather than ground turkey.

Imagine a Family Signature Stuffed Slider served on Special Occasions.

Thanksgiving turkey sliders can also be stuffed with a child’s favorite macaroni and cheese.

By blanketing a slider in mushroom gravy, serving it with cranberry sauce and a holiday vegetable, you have created a gourmet meal fit for a king capable of gracing the cover of any gourmet cooking magazine.

Your children will cherish sliders as much, if not more, than a huge stuffed turkey, and you will love the easy, quick clean-up. Yeah, sliders and children go together like peanut and butter. So, start your new downsized Thanksgiving holiday meal with something the whole family will love for years to come… the Stuffed Turkey Slider.

 

Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a TV/Radio Producer/Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod and Author/Lecturer of the award winning, International bestseller, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing which promotes dream therapy for wellness, patient advocacy, and connecting with inner guidance for success in health, wealth, and relationships. Learn more @ www.AccessYourInnerGuide.com

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Hi Kathy Custren,

Thanks so much for the Thumbs Up on my article Big Turkey Dinner in a Tiny Toaster Oven? Pinch Me Please! Means so much to me.

Kat Kanavos 

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