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The centerpiece of contemporary Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada is a large meal, starring a large roasted turkey. All of the dishes in a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner are made from foods native to North America, the Pilgrims having received these foods from the Indians.

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The One-Hour Thanksgiving Dinner Recipe

From Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection

This recipe is for an entire Thanksgiving Dinner that takes one hour to cook. The recipe uses various pre-cooked ingredients and instant foods, and is designed for those cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time, such as college students.

* 1 56 lb Fully pre-cooked smoked Turkey breast. Certain brands are readily available in almost every U.S. supermarket, however they must be fully cooked frozen turkey breast, as they only require 1 hour of heating. Avoid processed turkey breast loaf. Average price: $10$12
* 2 Cans of desired vegetables. Average Price: $1.50
* 12 box package(s) of instant potatoes or stuffing. Average Price: $1.50-$3.00
* 1 Package of 12 instant frozen Biscuits. The frozen home-baked butter variety works best. It is important that the biscuits in a can are not used. Average Price: $2.00
* 1 Package of turkey gravy mix. Average price: $1.00
* 1 Small disposable Aluminum turkey pan with built in rack Average Price $2.00
* 1 Can of spray oil (can be substituted by regular vegetable oil). Average price $1.00

* 1 pre-made pumpkin pie. Average Price $3.00
* 12 cans cranberry sauce. Average Price $1.00

1. Make sure you have thawed the turkey breast. A frozen 56 pound breast thaws within one day in the refrigerator. It is also very important that you have purchased a frozen fully pre-cooked breast. The words "heat and serve" may be on the bag that the turkey comes in.
2. Preheat your oven to 350F.
3. Remove turkey from bag and place in aluminum roasting pan.
4. Spray the turkey with cooking oil. If you have substituted cooking oil for regular vegetable oil rub the breast with the oil.
5. Place turkey breast in the oven on the middle rack.
6. Allow the turkey to cook for 15 minutes.
7. Begin the turkey gravy mix according to package directions.
8. Place the vegetables on the range set to low heat.
9. Prepare the instant potatoes or stuffing according to the package directions.
10. On a small pan lay out your frozen biscuits allowing them to touch one another. At this point the turkey breast should have been cooking for 30 minutes.
11. Place your biscuits on the lower rack. The biscuits will cook just fine with turkey in the oven and will be ready in 2530 minutes. Check them at 20 minutes to be sure they do not burn.
12. Finish preparing your instant potatoes or stuffing, instant gravy, and vegetables. Place them in serving dishes if desired. Place the cranberry sauce in a serving dish. If you are serving pie along with the dinner you will also need to place the pie on a serving dish. If a frozen pie has been purchased follow the microwave directions.
13. At the end of the hour remove the turkey. It is recommended that you use a food thermometer to make sure it has achieved a temperature of 160F the minimum temperature necessary to kill any bacteria which have survived the freezing process. Remove the turkey and serve.

This dinner serves 68 people comfortably.


There are many uses for the leftover turkey. Sliced turkey leftovers can be used to make sandwiches or Turkey Biscuit.

The portion along the bone can be used to prepare Turkey Soup by placing it in a soup pot along with 4 cups of water, 1 chopped Onion, 2 tablespoons salt, and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and allow to simmer for 2 hours. Add another cup of water, spices to taste, desired vegetables such as carrots or potatoes, and noodles allow to simmer for an additional hour and a half.

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