It began with a problem: Could I provide you with a streamlined Thanksgiving dinner utilizing just one pot and one pan that might be comprised of begin to end in a day?
Given my penchant for each culinary challenges and sheet-pan dinners, I took it on, realizing precisely the place to begin. I’d use a sheet pan for roasting turkey components and greens on the similar time, and a medium-sized pot for the whole lot else.
It took a number of checks to get the seasonings and timing excellent, however the ensuing meal has all of the flavors of the basic menu — made in three hours with a fraction of the work (and far fewer dishes).
It’s good for small teams who won’t need to roast a complete turkey however nonetheless yearn for the consolation of the normal Thanksgiving dinner (and, you already know, the leftovers). And its inherent simplicity makes it accessible sufficient for anybody who is perhaps cooking the vacation meal for the very first time.
Of course, there’s turkey, a bit of boneless breast wrapped up in bacon that turns much more golden and crispy than turkey pores and skin. (Bacon-avoiders can skip it, or use turkey bacon.)
To go along with it, brussels sprouts are roasted on the pan with the chook, absorbing all of the bacon and turkey drippings, and singeing at their edges. There are candy potatoes, baked individually, filled with molasses, spices and numerous butter, then topped with marshmallows to make the equal of lovely, private candy potato casseroles.
As for the pot, you should have to wipe it twice, however you don’t want to wash it. A swipe with a paper towel will suffice. You’ll use it to simmer first the cranberry sauce, then the gravy, and lastly the stuffing, which will get baked nonetheless within the pot whereas the turkey roasts. (About that stuffing, sure, you do want to use one bowl. But only one.)
You’ll find yourself with an pleasant, satisfying meal that received’t stress you out — which is, this yr, precisely what we want.
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