Dealer Joe’s Cornbread Stuffing Combine and Dealer Joe’s Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy

Trader Joe's Cornbread Stuffing Mix and Trader Joe's Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy

Stuffing: Each a noun and a verb. Significantly this time of 12 months. Focus on.

I do know, I do know….this specific evaluation of Dealer Joe’s Cornbread Stuffing Combine and Dealer Joe’s Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy woulda been somewhat extra well timed and useful final week, notably earlier than that huge ol’ Turkey Day vacation final week. Sorry, however we kinda busy…doing nothing. Nada. It was WONDERFUL. I really like Thanksgiving and all, and often it is a huge get-together with dozens of kin and a verifiable smorgasmicbord of all types of various dishes and desserts and the whole lot…however not this 12 months. Saved it lowkey. Watched the Macy’s parade and a few of the canine present on TV at Sandy’s mother’s for breakfast, got here house, took a relaxation, and made Thanksgiving dinner for simply me and my ladies earlier than watching Elf as is household custom.

And since for these household Thanksgiving dinners I used to be actually by no means actually requested to carry something greater than salt and pepper, or to chip in somewhat bit for the turkey (which my dad all the time appeared to do for me), Sandy and I actually did not have nice prime secret household recipes to make or do, so we stored it easy, therefore our buy of these two Thanksgiving staples.

First up: TJ’s cornbread stuffing. Name it filling if you would like…I will suppose you are odd however will not remark out loud. When you cease and give it some thought, stuffing would not actually sound like a tasty concept: heat, salty bread mush. However dang it if it is not some traditional consolation proper there. Dealer Joe’s boxy mix is fairly prime notch. We had no chicken to stuff, so we went for the oven prep technique and went lighter on the water within the hope of extra crunchy tidbits. That is precisely what we obtained. Now, the components checklist “white bread” and “corn bread” earlier than mentioning the phrase croutons…I did not discover any white bread morsels, so possibly these have been carby combo cubes? The spice mix was fairly traditional too – rosemary, onion, garlic, and so forth added a very nice savory contact as one would count on. It is very important word that 1) it is not gluten free 2) there’s rooster broth, so not vegeterian/vegan pleasant and three) there’s mushrooms in there – which we did not discover however put up a sleeper allergy concern for some. I could also be mistaken, however I believe a GF-friendly stuffin’ made with veggie broth and no mushrooms would not have sacrificed a lot by way of taste or satisfaction whereas with the ability to be loved by extra of us. That is my solely actual knock. Higher than Range High (though when reheated the distinction is much less obvious), open to any additions (raisins, apple bits, bacon, and so forth), fills a void, pairs effectively with cranberry sauce…

Or gravy. In our case, TJ’s Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy. Want I had a lot to say about this gravy, as I grew up an enormous gravy fan (each actually and figuratively) and I’ve but to discover a industrial gravy that approximates my mother’s (despite the fact that I do know hers is simply jarred blended with pan drippings – there’s one thing else about it I can not work out). TJ’s gravy is sweet, not nice. I imply, I coated my turkey with it and piled up a stuffing/mashed potato mountain simply to make an enormous gravy crater within the center, so I can not say I disliked it. Possibly the truth that it is somewhat thicker and gloopier than what I am accustomed to is why. Actually tasted like respectable turkey gravy, however nothing actually stood out. It is in all probability open to some customization and doctoring, which I in all probability might have accomplished however eh effectively.

So, in case you must carry one thing simple to a different vacation feast, or simply desire a easy traditional style for dinner, you are able to do loads worse than this combo this time of 12 months. We’re increased on the stuffing than the gravy, however collectively they make staff. We’re grateful for the blessing of fine, heat meals and household, and hope to proceed to get pleasure from that this vacation season. We hope for that for you as effectively.

Backside strains: Dealer Joe’s Cornbread Stuffing Combine: 7.5 out of 10 Golden Spoons. Dealer Joe’s Kettle Cooked Turkey Gravy: 6 out of 10 Golden Spoons