Happy Holidays! Had I mentioned I love Turkey, did you almost devour a whole bird like I did? Raffy too had her fill of Turkey, amongst other things. I can say we will definitely need a bigger house after the loot she made off with. We managed to sustain her enthusiasm for ripping paper and eating it over three days of events and also managed to manoeuvre her from porter cot to car seat without too much drama. I did feel bad that she was missing out on the amazing feast of seafood and cold meats and of course the desserts. In between her meals of paper, she loved to munch down on her Turkey nuggets. I cut them into strips so she could eat them with her hands. The leftovers would be stirred through some sweet potato mash.
I found this recipe on the Wholesome Baby food site. I’ve adjusted it slightly for Australian kitchens and produce. They are extremely simple, not at all dry, freeze extremely well and make a great finger food. They are Suitable for babies aged 9 months and older, you can mash the nuggets apart into bits and pieces that can be easily chewed and picked up. You can also chop or lightly puree if needed. You can also substitute the Turkey for chicken mince which is relatively easy to find in the supermarket. Woolworths has a great organic range.
Homemade Finger Licking Nuggets (makes 25-30)
500g Turkey or Chicken Mince
1/2 cup wholegrain raw oats
1/2 cup wholegrain breadcrumbs
1 egg (you can substitute the egg for 1 tablespoon of natural apple sauce or water)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Spice mix (1/4 teaspoon each or shake) – sage, thyme, pepper
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Add all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until nicely combined
With moist hands, shape mixture into nuggets or logs or anything you please.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and done.
Store in an air tight container and freeze.