As my year of living on WW2 rations draws to a close in early January 2024, I really want my Christmas on wartime rations to be memorable and amazing but also as authentic as possible. From now until Christmas, I’m going to re-create and film several wartime recipes before deciding on which ones to use on the big day!
At precisely 5:22 a.m. this morning, I awoke abruptly with one thing on my mind…MURKEY (Mock Turkey). I had dreamt of it last night and knowing that I had all the very simple ingredients, I was in my kitchen a little after 7 am, brandishing my trusty wooden spoon and wearing my 40s pinny, to have a bash at making one!
Despite the severe shortages, I am sure people would have done their damned best during wartime to have a centrepiece to their Christmas table and if there was no turkey or goose available, or no money to buy one, then this delicious homemade stuffing, turkey-shaped creation would have helped bring a few smiles to the faces sat around the table? You would have tried to make the best of it I’m sure…
Mock Turkey Ingredients
I used half the ingredients below to make a small mock turkey but at Christmas, I will use the full measurements below!
- 1 lb of breadcrumbs
- 1 lb of sausage meat (I used vegan sausages)
- 2 onions
- 2 apples
- Fresh sage to your own taste (dry sage would work too!)
- lots of salt and pepper
- streaky bacon (or a carrot – see my video recipe above)
- two parsnips
- Make breadcrumbs from the bread (I used a food processor) and chop up the sausage, apple, onions, and sage finely (you can grate too or use a food processor.)
- Mix all the ingredients together, they should stick quite well together, and on a greased baking tray, form them into a turkey shape.
- Trim the parsnips and place them into the mock turkey to form parsnip turkey legs.
- Glaze the turkey with a brown sauce and melted margarine mixture (optional). This will help hold it together.
- Add bacon rashers (or thinly sliced carrot) to the mock turkey and glaze again.
- Cover loosely with foil and place at 180 C in the oven for 30 minutes then remove foil and cook for a further 30 minutes or so until lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Much love, C xxxxx