Easy Christmas Meal: Stuffed Turkey Rolls and Fresh Cranberry Sauce

Every year the holiday season comes along, and I kind of get anxiety. There is so much pressure, especially on parents to create magical and wonder-filled Christmas memories and traditions, packed with perfect gifts, beautiful décor, and delicious elaborate meals.  Well just as the anxiety kicks in, I kick it’s butt by reminding myself that Jesus is the reason for the season!

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.(Luke 2:4-7)

A delicious meal is expected on a day like Christmas. But it doesn’t have to be one that is labor intensive. That’s why this recipe of Stuffed Turkey Rolls with Fresh Cranberry Sauce on the side is so perfect. You still get to experience all the flavors of the holidays we all know and love, but without all the hours poured into it.

Stuffed Turkey Rolls:

Boil about 4 cups or so of water.

While the water is boiling:

Chop red and yellow bell peppers (green too if you’d like), medium white onion, and about a cup of baby bella mushrooms.

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Sautee over medium heat, until veggies are soft and wilted.

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In a medium size bowl, add the stuffings and pour the boiled water over it (not all, use discretion) until it is a soft but firm texture. Add the wilted veggies.

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Now lay 2-3 pieces of turkey slices next to eachother, and a spoonful of the stuffing’s. Roll the turkey slices up. Repeat until all turkey slices are finished. ( Whatever left over stuffing you have can be served on the side)

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Homemade gravy:

In the same pan that the veggies were sautéed in add a cup or two of chicken broth. Bring to a slow simmer. Add a few spoons of flour while stirring rapidly to avoid lumps. Let gravy thicken some (adding more flour will yield a thicker consistency) and finish with a pinch of salt and pepper.

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Before placing the rolls in the oven, pour the gravy on top of each roll.

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Bake rolls for about 20-25 minutes on about 350 degrees.

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Fresh Cranberry Sauce:

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In a quart pan, add a pack of fresh cranberry, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup white or raw sugar. Bring to a slow simmer, stirring often until the cranberries are jellied. Cool before serving.

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Serve with a dinner roll, like this one, and there you have it a simple, but delicious Christmas dinner. And the best part is after you prepare this meal, you still have time to reflect on this glorious day, and the true purpose behind it.

Jesus + Food: Stuffed Turkey Rolls


Stuffed Turkey Rolls:

1-2 lbs of honey roasted turkey, sliced thin

2-3 boxes of stove top stuffing’s

1 Onion, 1 Red Pepper, 1 Yellow Pepper, and 1 cup babybella mushrooms

Homemade Gravy:

Chicken Broth

A few tablespoons of All Purpose flour

A pinch of salt and pepper

Cranberry Sauce:

A bag of fresh cranberries

1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Orange Juice

1/2 cup sugar of choice