Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and sometimes you just want to take the easy way out – like going to someone else’s house or taking advantage of a restaurant Thanksgiving dinner. If the thought of preparing a turkey has you down this year, check out this fast fix for a turkey dinner from rachaelraymag.com.
Early-Bird Turkey – use two 2-3 pound turkey breast halves with skin on and one 2 pound bone-in turkey thigh for this recipe. After positioning the oven rack in the upper third of your oven, preheat the oven to 400-degrees F. Put the breasts and thigh on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with one tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil; season with one tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, 1/2-teaspoon of salt (if desired), and one tablespoon of pepper. Cut a lemon in half and place cut side down on the sheet. Roast for approximately 55 minutes, or until a meat thermometer reads 155-degrees F in each piece. Transfer pieces to a cutting board, cover with foil, and let sit for 20 minutes before slicing.
Quick Turkey “Gravy” – don’t clean up that baking sheet just yet! Pour 1/2-cup of chicken broth onto sheet, scraping up anything stuck to the sheet. Pour the mixture into a microwaveable bowl or cup, skim the fat off, and microwave for one minute on high. Serve the “gravy” with your turkey slices.
Sides – don’t stress out over side dishes. Simple favorites like stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes, or green bean casserole are often more enjoyable than fancy dishes that take longer to make than the turkey. Relax with this simple dinner idea, and you may find yourself hosting Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd next year!