Roasting turkey may seem easy to do if you only consider cooking it in the oven and overlook how you have to prepare it beforehand and do the complementary dishes that come with it. Thawing, cleaning and stuffing take time and unless you’re a master turkey roaster, it would not be an easy turkey recipe to make.
An easy cooking recipe beyond roasting should have these characteristics for it to be considered as such. First, it must involve a few steps as you can muster—chop, sauté, simmer, serve. If it’s possible to just throw in the turkey bits into a pot and cook (with seasoning and vegetables of course), then that’s easy. Second, it must require only one pot or bowl. If you need to drain this, strain that or set this aside, that’s not an easy turkey recipe.
While it could work, it’s not a good idea to prepare the ingredients in advance because that beats the purpose of doing things as easy as possible. Unless the day (or night) you prepare the turkey ingredients ahead is a slow day or a rest day for you and you feel like preparing for tomorrow’s meal. If the turkey itself can be used pre-cooked (for example, leftover roasted turkey or turkey sausages), all the better.
With that in mind, what easy turkey recipe can we devise then? Turkey chilli, turkey stew, pizza with roasted turkey strips, and turkey sausage pasta comes to mind. These dishes are easy to assemble and doesn’t need to be fussed over.
Finally, when in a hurry, use ground turkey as the base for your easy turkey recipe. Ground turkey can be made into meatballs, spaghetti Bolognese, frittata, and even meatloaf. Definitely easy to do but still delicious and varied preparations.