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Thanksgiving Style Dinner in 40 mins not 4 hours!

I love Thanksgiving; it’s my favorite holiday.  Just family and friends gathering to enjoy each others’ company while eating good food.  No presents.  No expectations or disappointments surrounding gifts.  No spending huge amounts of money.  Just getting together and having a good time.  I also love turkey with all the trimmings. So does my eldest son.  Turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce and vegetables is a perfect meal for him. Sometimes I want the Thanksgiving dinner without going to all the trouble of making a Thanksgiving dinner!

So, I figured out a way to make a turkey dinner without roasting a turkey for 4 hours.  It happened when I found thick sliced turkey breast at Trader Joe’s.  I thought, I can stuff these!  I don’t need no stinking whole turkey.

So, I made some stuffing with my favorite recipe except this time around I made with store bought stock.  Then my husband (we worked on this together) wrapped the breast pieces around the stuffing, placed them in an oven and roasted them for about 30 minutes.  I also made cranberry sauce with whole cranberries; it only takes a few minutes to make.  Last we made some green beans and Brussels sprouts (see recent post) and boiled some baby new potatoes. 

Now who doesn’t love a meal that takes less than 45 minutes and incorporates all of your favorite flavors from Thanksgiving?  Next time I’ll make a pie— or maybe a steamed pumpkin pudding cake that I can do in the microwave (just gave myself a new challenge).

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