Thanksgiving prep is upon us and it’s time to get ready! If roasting a huge turkey isn’t your thing, you may want to consider a turkey breast or this Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing En Croute. Read on to see everything we have to say about it and for our Exclusive Cart Rating!
What is Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing En Croute?
Thanksgiving, whether you celebrate it with friends or family, is all about the food! And in its usual fashion, Trader Joe’s has come through with lots and lots of options.
Today we’re talking about Trader Joe’s Turkey and Stuffing En Croute, which is a turkey tenderloin wrapped in a layer of stuffing, and then the whole thing is wrapped in puff pastry. The puff pastry is sprinkled with a layer of herbs to up the flavor even more.
If you’re familiar with beef Wellington, this turkey en croute will make sense to you. It’s the same concept!
The turkey and stuffing cook inside the puff pastry and the pastry bakes up flaky, buttery, and utterly deliciously.
The package notes that the turkey en croute serves 8 but realistically, it’s more like 6 servings unless you have a ton of Thanksgiving side dishes to go with the meal to help fill you up. So this would be the perfect main dish for a small group and it definitely alleviates the pressure and stress of having to cook a 12 pound turkey for just a few people.
As a bonus with this turkey, there are also packets of cranberry sauce and turkey gravy included in the box. I thought this was a really nice touch! It’s so nice to not have to think about making or buying gravy.
With regards to the gravy, we thought there was just enough for the amount of turkey Wellington. However, Mariah also made this a couple of weeks ago and she didn’t think there was enough gravy for everyone she was feeding. So she and my aunt needed to heat up a jar of gravy they had stocked in the pantry.
Just something to keep in mind!
But at $15.99 for the whole package, I thought this was a fantastic value.
Where In the Store?
You can find this Turkey and Stuffing En Croute in the frozen aisle of Trader Joe’s. I found it in my store next to the frozen mac and cheese but the closer we get to Thanksgiving, you might be able to find it at the end of one of the frozen aisles.
How to Make this Turkey Wellington
The easiest way to make this turkey Wellington is to follow the package instructions.
You’ll start by thawing it in the fridge (in its packaging) for a full 24 hours before you intend to cook it. So plan ahead!!
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F with a rack in the middle of the oven.
Once thawed, you’ll pop the whole piece of turkey in puff pastry on a large baking sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper.
Then you’ll bake it for about an hour. The package says the baking time is between 1 hour and 1 hour 10 minutes. Baking time will depend on the accuracy of your oven temperature, how often you open the oven, and how many other things you’ll be baking at the same time.
What to Serve with this Turkey
This turkey inherently has 2 sides included with it: the stuffing inside the puff pastry and cranberry sauce.
As far as the cranberry sauce goes, you’ll be covered there. But truthfully, there isn’t a whole lot of stuffing and I would have loved extra stuffing with our meal. If you’ll be making this for Thanksgiving, you may want to consider making an extra batch of stuffing for the carb lovers at your table.
My crock pot stuffing is an awesome recipe and because you’ll make in the crock pot, you’ll have extra oven space for other sides!
We made Trader Joe’s Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin to go with this turkey but basically any Thanksgiving side dish would be excellent with this meal.
I’m going to come right out and say that we LOVED Trader Joe’s Turkey en Croute! There wasn’t a single thing we could complain about!
You’ll see that my puff pastry is a little dark on top and what you can’t see is that the pastry under the turkey was a little undercooked. I have a couple of ideas about why this may have happened.
You’d think that I left the turkey in the oven for too long but then that wouldn’t account for why the puff pastry was undercooked.
My first idea was that my oven temperature might be off and that the pastry on top cooked faster than it did on the bottom.
But I think the problem was that my turkey wasn’t fully thawed before I put it in the oven. After 1 hour 5 minutes, the internal temperature of the turkey was close to 170 degrees F so I know it was fully cooked.
However, if the pastry under the turkey wasn’t fully thawed, it would have needed some extra time to bake and puff up.
Anyway, none of this was a huge deal to us. The whole turkey, stuffing, flaky puff pastry, cranberry sauce, and gravy were all absolutely delicious!
The turkey was tender and perfectly cooked and the cranberry sauce was a little sweet but it’s exactly what the meal needed to offset some of the savoriness.
Buy It Again?
I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this turkey en croute again in the future, especially if I knew I’d be hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner or fall dinner.
If you’re on the fence about buying this, I’m going to urge you to give it a try. It’s so so good!!