We published this post last year, but thought it was worth sharing — and cooking — again.
I was a little suspicious of Domino’s November feature Thanksgiving Dinner, From Scratch, In ONE HOUR but I had a good reason to test it out this weekend. Chad had gotten an out-of-town assignment (FAR out of town) and was scheduled to leave on Saturday night for three weeks. We decided to have an early Thanksgiving dinner so he wouldn’t feel like he was missing out too much. His flight was at 8 pm, the guests were arriving at 3pm and I didn’t start cooking till 2:30! Talk about putting a theory to the test!
Domino’s meal was pieced together by Jennifer Rubell, and it includes all the things I love most about Thanksgiving: turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes. The green was a side of lemony broccoli, and the recipes were pretty easy to follow. There’s a page in the magazine which actually walks you through the cooking minute by minute (1 minute, turn the oven on…. 13 minutes, slice onion, celery, dates….. 34 minutes, add 4 cups of water, etc), but trying to follow that was like competing in somekind of torturous reality show. In the end, it was easier to refer to the recipes themselves than the minutes. And, I must confess, I had help! Without my friend Lisa (who also hosted in her spacious pad) helping it would have been impossible to do alone so fast. But together we managed to pull it off — dinner for eight in just about an hour (one hour and fifteen minutes to be exact). Click through to the next page for some specifics and more pix! Click here for recipes at Domino’s site. — Angela M
Photos by Chad Hunt
The Turkey — the key to being able to cook a full-Thanksgiving meal in one-hour is to buy turkey pieces. (Rachael Ray does the same thing for her 60-minute recipes. You can check them out here). This meal required two 2 1/2 pound boneless turkey breasts, with skins (along with a couple of drumsticks). The only place I could find this was at a fancy butcher shop, so keep that in mind if you go this route.
The Stuffing — This dish was amazingly yummy. Sausage & date stuffing. You combine sweet Italian sausage — removed from its casing — in a large pot with a sautéed onion and celery stalks. Add spices (1 tsp each of thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary), chopped dates, and cook till meat is no longer pink. Stir in 4 cups of water and add 1 and half toasted baguettes, chopped into one inch bites. Domino says to turn off the heat and serve, but we cooked a little longer, and added a splash or two more water to keep things from drying out.
The Cranberry Sauce — another amazingly simple recipe from Jennifer Rubell, the only ingredients here were cranberries, 2 cups sugar, and two sliced clementines. You cook that mixture in a pot ’til it’s well combined and very sauce-like. About fifteen minutes. Add a handful of chopped walnuts before serving.
Baked Sweet Potatoes — no magic here. Just toss ’em in the oven along with turkey for 50 minutes at 500. Serve with a butter that’s blended with pecans and maple syrup. Yum.
Thyme-Roasted Turkey — The only prep we on the turkey pieces was to rub a bit of olive oil on all sides, and cover generously with thyme, salt and pepper. That’s it!
Here’s the link to the recipes online, as well as a link to a page which gives some great suggestions on what to do with all those leftovers (though honestly, we didn’t have many!). Let me know if you have any other suggestions on how to do the holidays without a lot of fuss.