Steak Sauce Worthy Turkey Patties in Mushroom Gravy
Growing up our kitchen table was only a few feet away from the stove, but we never ate there. Instead my family broke bread in front of the TV with newspaper laid beneath the plates of me and my sister and our parents with their plates on their lap. There was that one year our family did upgrade and we ate dinner on TV trays, still never at the kitchen table. Even as my mama and daddy sat on the couch while my sister and I sat on the floor watching the families on Leave it to Beaver or Good Times sit down and eat dinner together it never really occurred to me to ask why we didn’t do so. Until that is I had my own family. I’d be on the phone with my mama while I cooked and when it was time to eat, my mama, infamous for her passive guilt laden statements, would say, “You should sit down and eat with her. I wish we had eaten dinner together at the table". Her being my oldest daughter, when it was just the two of us. Back then I thought who has the time? I was in a hurry to finish cleaning up the dishes so that I could get my oldest to bed and grade papers or do school work. A 2013 study by Gallup revealed that: 53% of families with children younger than 18 eat dinner together 6-7 times a week. More married families than unmarried ones tend to eat dinner together. Parents who work full time are less likely to eat dinner with their family in comparison to parents who work part time. Studies suggest that there may be some benefits of sitting down to eat as a family. For example family dinners can generate feelings of closeness and comfort. When I got married and I had baby number two and three back to back, I was usually too busy feeding someone and was not able to sit down and eat with the family. But now that the entire crew is older we try our best to sit down and eat dinner together. I must admit I wish I had taken the time to do so years ago. I have learned much about my family in the fifteen minutes it takes us to eat. At dinner I may hear about what happened at school (even though I already asked in the car ride home and got notta). The hubby and I can discuss work and the kiddos love it when their dad tells stories about when he was a little boy. Who knew that sitting down to break bread with the family could be so beneficial? Once again, my mama was so right!
Servings: 2 grown people, 1 teen girl and 1 growing seven year old boy and 1 6 year old girl. (Ahem…with leftovers for lunch) Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 35 mins Total Time: 40-45 mins
Tony Chachere’s Famous Creole Seasoning Black pepper (Or meat seasoning of choice)
Gravy 2 Tablespoons butter 1 ½ cup chicken stock 2-4 Tablespoons All-purpose flour 1 ½ cup water (steaming hot)
Add 3 tablespoons of butter to raw ground turkey. Form turkey patties and season. Sauté sliced onions and mushrooms in large pan with butter and olive oil.
Add garlic once onions are translucent and mushrooms brown.
Add turkey patties. Flip after about 6 minutes and then let patties cook at least 6 minutes more.
Once turkey patties are cooked all the way through take them out of the pan.
Mix flour (2-4 tablespoons depending on how thick you like your gravy. FYI: The more flour the thicker the gravy) into steaming hot water (aka what my mama calls thickening). Add thickening mixture to chicken stock mixture in pan. Stir to make sure any flour doesn’t clump together. Let simmer until gray thickens.
Add chicken stock and thickening to turkey patty stock, mushrooms, onions and garlic mixture.
Once gravy thickens to your satisfaction add cooked turkey patties.
How many nights a week does your family get to eat together? We get in at least 4-5 days a week.
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