Thanksgiving Dinner in One Hour

Yes, you can cook Thanksgiving Dinner in one hour.  Yesterday, while everyone was eating leftovers at work. I realized I had none.  And the best part of Thanksgiving is mashing up all the leftovers into one dish and microwaving it.  So, Monday afternoon I decided to cook Thanksgiving dinner for two — with plenty of leftovers — from scratch, mostly.

The menu:

  • pesto crusted turkey roulade
  • apple and onion stuffing
  • pureed carrot and potatoes
  • Challah bread
  • cranberry pomegranate relish

6:00 p.m. Leave work and stop at new seasons on the way home. I buy an all natural turkey breast (yes, raw), cranberries, one pomegranate,  one loaf of challah bread.
6:30 p.m. Arrive home. Kiss wife. Pet dog. remove bone from turkey breast, remove skin and butterfly the breast. I then pounded it to be about one inch
6:38 p.m. Remove jar of pesto from fridge and rub breast with pesto. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs on one side. Roll breast up tightly and warp in foil. Place in oven.
6:44 p.m. Wash cranberries and place in boiling water with cinnamon, brown sugar and honey.
6:46 p.m. Cut 1/2 of challah bread into cubes and place in oven.
6:48 p.m. Cut carrots and potatoes and place in boiling water.
6:50 p.m. Chop raw turkey skin and place in frying pan until they turn into crispy golden skin nuggets.
7:00 p.m. Add diced red onion to skin nuggets. Remove bread cubes from oven.
7:03 p.m. Read comics from that morning’s paper.
7:05 p.m. Add shopped apple to onion and turkey skin crispies.
7:10 p.m Place bread cubes, apple, onions,turkey skin crispies, in baking dish. add parsley, thyme, basil and chicken stock. Cover and throw in oven.
7:20 p.m. Drain water from carrot/potato mixture. Add butter, creme, salt and attack with stick blender.
7:25 p.m. Remove turkey and let rest
7:26 p.m. Open bottle of Argyle Extended Tirage.
7:30 p.m. Plate.

11:58 a.m. the next day. Microwave Gladware container of Thanksgiving goodness.


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