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The turkey and stuffing en croute is back at Trader Joe’s for the 2021 Thanksgiving season!
– November 13, 2018
– November 23, 2018
What a happy surprise stumbling upon this product. I was hosting a small Thanksgiving gathering and did not have the time to do a full-blown turkey prep. This dish was extremely easy to prepare… just cut open the bag and place the log on tin foil. Place it in the oven with four washed and tin-foil wrapped sweet potatoes and in one hour with the veggie of your choice, you have a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. We paired this with pre-cut brussel sprouts in their microwavable pan from Trader Joe’s, drizzled a little olive oil and honey and ound we had overall perfection! The turkey was moist and well-seasoned with a delicious cornbread stuffing and and en route which tasted like a mix of mashed potatoes and light filo dough. The turkey log en croûte cut easily into four hearty portions (after you let it stand 7-8 minutes after baking).
Although the package says it is supposed to feed eight, I think eight portions world have been bird-sized. For four, the portions were hearty. Thank you Trader Joe’s for creating such a delicious and EASY Thanksgiving turkey dinner for those of us who like to enjoy the holiday without slaving away the entire day in the kitchen cooking. And, oh yes, there was a small portion of tasty, tangy cranberry sauce and a small portion of a nice low-salt light gravy included in the package. This product is a real winner. I want to go right out tomorrow to buy two more of these to stick in my freezer for entertaining emergencies!
– October 26, 2019
I was very excited to try this product for an easy dinner for my son and daughter-in-law.
I am a BIG fan of Trader Joe’s. I have been happy with nearly everything I’ve tried.
This dish was a huge disappointment. I am writing this review because I am hoping somebody who is actually thinking of this for Thanksgiving will give it a second thought.
My son, who is a very good cook, put it perfectly. It is a one-note dish. It has turkey, stuffing and pastry and yet the only flavor is sage ( or poultry seasoning) . It is overpowering. We each tried a little, and then did something I hate to do. We threw the rest out!
Nobody was interested in having any more. I despise wasting food so this should be an indication of how disappointed we were with this. Sorry Trader Joe’s.
– November 19, 2019
Overall I liked this but it had an overwhelming peppercorn taste and I like pepper. Thankfully it was not with every bite and perhaps it was the one we bought as other reviews did not mention it. Loved the stuffing and sauces. I would try it again. It is more like 4 servings.
– November 30, 2019
“Serves 8” is completely deceptive and false. Trader Joe’s – if you continue to offer this product, it only serves 4, especially since the end portions are full of crust and short on meat and stuffing. The gravy and cranberry sauce portions are also very small and only serve 3 generous, or 4 skimpy servings. Please get rid of this product or fix it! Sadly, I served it for Thanksgiving, but at least there were only two of us. I buy a lot of frozen meals from T.J.’s, and am seldom disappointed.
– December 1, 2019
Where’s the meat? Very small piece of breast, too much gluey stuffing. Flavor was okay.
– December 2, 2019
It tasted like sausage. I am not sure what the flavor was but it was a big disappointment in this house.
– December 3, 2019
Mainly tasted like sage/herbs. The meat was barely there….where’s the turkey? No one liked it at my house. One family member called it “weird” and my Mother said it was awful. Gravy packet too small, same with the cran sauce. Too much croute, invisible turkey. What a disappointment. Never again.
– December 14, 2019
This was delicious. The turkey was moist and the filling was very tasty. I bought two for a group of 5, which worked out well. We had a few leftovers for the next day. The ends are mostly pastry so you really want to make sure everyone gets as close to a center piece as possible. I usually make a big turkey every year, but this year we were away and didn’t want all the fuss–this gave me time to enjoy the family and not worry about all the work of the big bird. Would do again. Thank you TJ’s–I really enjoyed this product!
– December 26, 2019
– December 29, 2019
I’d call this product a winner, with room for easy improvement.
I am NOT a fan of stuffing/dressing/sauces, but this product is fanTAStic! We bought 3, then 3 more, than 1 more, now they are gone for the season, alas.
The flavors, Rosemary & Herbes de Provence with lavender, complement the cornbread stuffing and turkey surprisingly well. We found the bread crust is just the right flavor, texture, and thickness.
The oven does need to be at 375 for this to cook properly – a thermometer is useful here.
Room for improvement though – as several others note, the turkey length reaches maybe 2/3 of the roll, so the product yields only 4-6 servings. There is about 2″ of just croute and stuffing on each end, but oh so tasty!
We’d like to see the product use more turkey, and definitely remove the chunk of gristle in the middle.
Also, we’re looking for sustainable packing material, please! Maybe roll it in the parchment paper it is to be cooked on, and seal it in waxed paper? At the least reduce the huge excess plastic extending past the seals all around.
Actively watching for this product’s return!
– November 14, 2020
I bought this to trouble shoot for my daughter’s friendsgiving. Flavor is great but no matter what I did I could not get the dough to cook through. We did over 2 hours and the dough was still raw inside. Sad to say I cannot recommend this product. I have a calibrated Wolf wall oven.
– September 3, 2021
Taste-wise, this entree is a winner even though the sage is a little overwhelming. The two major issues I have is that there is not enough turkey so the end slices are mostly stuffing and dough. The entire roll serves two to three adults but no more unless each person gets one rather small slice. If there are four of you, I would cook two entire rolls so there is some left over.
– November 2, 2021
A few years ago I was raving over this turkey product. Now the turkey and cranberry bag proportions are way smaller than previous years. There is so much dough now it doesnt cook evenly. It now cost 15 dollars. Portions way down, price way up.
– November 7, 2021
I bought two, one to have an early preview of an actual Thanksgiving dinner. I’m so glad I did a trial run. I will not be serving this. It’s beautiful to look at all brown and crispy. Cutting into it you will find so much extra gooey dough. Couldn’t find any stuffing to speak of. A couple of carrot and celery pieces? Does Not look like the picture on the box. The turkey was just o.k. The gravy and cranberry were unopened. Small portions. Wanted to like the this….who wants my other one?
– November 16, 2021
I’ve bought several years in a row and thought they are delicious, but it is not the same this year. The turkey inside is tough and chewy dark meat. I had bought 2 because last year I was only able to get one before they sold out. I thought maybe I just had a bad one, but had the second tonight and it was the same way. Not even edible.
– November 18, 2021
This product should not be called TURKEY. The turkey portion wasn’t enough for one person let alone 8 servings. So disappointing and a waste of $$$$$ and time. Should be called a mystery dish……
– November 21, 2021
Wow wow WOW!!! So delicious.
– November 26, 2021
This was a $15.99 ripoff! I was so disappointed! Very little turkey, stuffing was a soggy mess too much pastry. The gravy and
cranberry sauce were good. barely served 4 people with the meat. It was a turkey tenderloin but tough. I will never
– November 27, 2021
The biggest disappointment from TJ’s! Very little meat and what was there was like gristle. Didn’t see any stuffing, it just looked hollow. Was suggested by an employee so strongly that I thought I needed to try it. Will be asking for a refund. Have never done that before but his was just nasty! It was like eating a mouthful of sage! Who likes that much sage on anything?
– November 28, 2021
The turkey and stuffing en croute was very, very disappointing. I love TJ and buy there frequently. However, beware this product. I prepared it exactly according to the instructions, baking it for 60 minutes, checking temp at 165, but returning it to the oven after I let it rest and cut it open only to find the pastry on the underside was raw. I put it back into the oven for an additional 10 minutes. We tried to eat it, but had to throw it out. It was very overseasoned, and not at all pleasant.
To add insult to injury, I put about half of it, cut up, down my garbage disposal, and it jammed up. Now I need to get the garbage disposal repaired in addition to wasting time and effort in preparing a very disappointing entree.
– November 28, 2021
Second year of Enjoying this! Tasty and Easy!
– November 28, 2021
Delicious. Cranberry sauce was exceptional. Tender turkey. Glad I caught it. Just needed more gravy.
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