Puerto Rican Style Turkey Stuffing for Thanksgiving {Recipe}

by Melanie Edwards on November 17, 2016 · 0 comments

in Puerto Rico, Recipes

One of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes is stuffing. While I know there are many varieties of turkey stuffing – from classic herbed stuffing to cornbread stuffing – the Thanksgiving stuffing I ate growing up was nothing like those. My mami’s turkey stuffing recipe was taught to her by a friend of the family many years ago, before I was born. Where it originally came from or if it’s a “traditional” Puerto Rican turkey stuffing, I don’t know. However, it does infuse traditional Puerto Rican flavors to create a delicious Puerto Rican style turkey stuffing for Thanksgiving or any other special occasion! I hope you enjoy this flavorful Thanksgiving turkey stuffing that has been a favorite of mine since I was a child and is now a favorite of my husband as well! (I’m still working on the kids – ha!)

Puerto Rican Style Turkey Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Puerto Rican Style Turkey Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Ingredients for carne molida (ground beef):

  • 3 lbs ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp adobo
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp meat tenderizer
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Sazón, 1 packet
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp sofrito (or recaito)
  • 10-11 green olives (Spanish salad olives) + 1-2 tsp of olive liquid
  • 2-3 small potatoes, peeled, rinsed, and cubed
  • about 10 baby carrots, rinsed and chopped

Additional ingredients for turkey stuffing:

  • Turkey neck & gizzards
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Meat tenderizer
  • 3 1/2 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing

Directions:

  1. The night before Thanksgiving, prepare ground beef according to our carne molida recipe.
  2. Remove meat from turkey neck and cut turkey gizzards into small pieces. Boil in medium pot, adding salt and meat tenderizer to water.
  3. Mix tenderized turkey neck and gizzards with carne molida. Store and refrigerate.
  4. On Thanksgiving morning, heat your refrigerated meat mixture.
  5. Mix dry stuffing crumbs with 5 cups of meat mixture.
  6. Stuff turkey and roast!

Puerto Rican Style Turkey Stuffing for Thanksgiving

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Would this Puerto Rican style turkey stuffing be a hit at your Thanksgiving dinner?

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