Friday, July 11, 2008

shortcut confession

A few weeks ago, I discovered the Oven Ready Turkey Breast from Jennie-O, and I have to confess that I'm smitten.

Usually I buy meat, poultry, and fish exclusively from the Co-op... I'm usually a bit of a meat snob... but in a moment of weakness, and because of a great sale price, I picked one up one of these puppies when I popped in to my neighborhood Hy-Vee for another errand.

The oven-ready breast truly goes from freezer to oven with no prep outside of unwrapping it and putting it in a roasting pan. It's not fast, exactly--it does take at least an hour and a half to cook--but it requires almost no hands-on time.

In the package you will also find a packet of gravy, ready to be heated on the stove, and recipes for using the leftovers. I have used the Turkey Pot Pie recipe a couple of times now, and everyone in the family loves it, including the baby.

It may not be local, organic, free-range turkey (oh Lord, if only it was) but it does make a couple of wholesome, simple meals that the whole family can enjoy. If you try it out, let me know what you think!