Thanksgiving with No Mess? Yes!Posted by in Parchment Paper Packets | turkey
Yes, really, Thanksgiving with no mess! I love Thanksgiving, but if you’re cooking for one or two or three, well, who wants to have a giant roaster to scrub? For those of you looking for all the flavors of traditional turkey, stuffing, and gravy, but who don’t want to spend the day in the kitchen, I’m happy to share this recipe with you. Mr. NoPot suggested we skip making a whole turkey and just do this, he loved it so much.
2 celery stalks
1 small onion
2 tbsp butter
4 slices whole wheat bread
4 tsp chicken broth
sage, rosemary, and salt and pepper
4 turkey cutlets
8 tbsp of turkey gravy, plus more for serving
You’re going to be bowled over by this method. Start with a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup. If you don’t have that, then just get a microwave safe bowl. I love the Pyrex because it has a handle, which makes it easy to get in and out of the microwave. Chop your celery and onions (you can use a mini food processor if you like, or do it by hand). Place them in the Pyrex. Add the butter. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stopping every minute or so to stir. By the end, you will have vegetables that are soft and starting to brown.
Create 4 individual packets. In each one place a slice of whole wheat bread. Sandwich bread works perfectly, or you could use a loaf of whatever you have hanging around. Spread 1/4 of the vegetable mix on each slice of bread. Spoon 1 tsp of chicken broth on top of each. Place a pinch of sage and a pinch of rosemary on each and lightly salt and pepper them. Lay a turkey cutlet on top of each. Spoon 2 tbsp of gravy over each one (you can use gravy from a jar or a can, or if you’re like my mom, you have homemade gravy in the freezer, ready for any gravy emergency!). Place a pinch of sage, a pinch of rosemary and light amounts of salt and pepper on top.
Fold the packets up and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (or until a thermometer poked through the parchment into the meat reads 165 degrees). Take them out of the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes, then serve with extra gravy on the side (warmed in the microwave – use that Pyrex again, no need to wash it first) and some cranberry sauce. Then be thankful you don’t have much to wash to clean up!
P.S. I know the turkey looks absolutely pink in this photo. It wasn’t until I tried to adjust it, then I couldn’t get rid of it. Anyway, please know it did not appear this color when we ate it and it was completely done!
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I usually cook my turkey in those large bags and it always turns out really tender–but no crispy skin, which I know some people prefer. This is a great idea too.
Thanksgiving dinner with no huge turkey roasting dish to clean would be a change. Thanks for the idea!
My family would scream if I departed from the traditional turkey dinner, but what a great idea this is for leftovers!! You’re really piquing my interest with this revolution of yours!
You may have converted me with this technique. Who needs to clean that huge turkey pan and all its drippings?
I think it’s great for folks who are alone or who don’t want to do a whole turkey for 1-3 people. I’ll be making a whole turkey myself.
This looks great! I might have to consider it for our Thanksgiving dinner this year. I’m always so daunted by big turkeys.
Excellent idea! We have so many vegetarians this T-giving that we’ll be roasting a very small bird. But I’d like to try this another time.
What a wonderful way to cook. Think of all the time you add to your day. Amazing. Thanks for sharing.
Wow, this is a great idea! Right now, I’m all about doing everything I do in less time, and I love your approach!