Turkey is time consuming to prepare, slow roasting a Turkey in the oven is tedious, getting a Game Day worthy Roasted Bird can be near impossible…
PRESSURE COOK YOUR TURKEY!
Pressure Cooking as a technique has been around since the mid 1800s, these ingenious Pressurized Steam utilizing engineered pots were made available to households in North America in the early 1930s. I am a big fan of all things Vintage and Pressure Cooking is definitely that.
Pressure Cooked Turkey is the new, old fashioned, way to prepare a Holiday Feast with Classic North American style.
When utilizing the steam of the pressure cooker to quickly and efficiently cook your goose…errr Turkey, you need to consider things like crispiness and moisture balance. To obtain crispiness meats must be braised before going into any pressure cooker. Make sure your Broiler burner is extra hot before braising the outside of your turkey.
*LifeHack: Broiler not hot enough? open the windows in your kitchen and then prop the oven open a bit(some oven doors do this automatically) The cool air will trick the ovens temperature gauge, the Broiler burner will continue to heat.
CAUTION: Do not leave the door open like this for to long or walk away from a Braising bird, this needs your full attention… but only for about 15 minutes tops.
Not slaving over the turkey means all kinds of extra time for your sides, not to mention oven space for said sides. I may have went slightly overboard with 6 sides but when you have the time why not get creative?
Of course Your extra time is yours to do what you choose with. May I suggest a crisp Autumn Stroll with your Loved Ones, or a new tradition of playing in the yard as a Family… Yes ALL of You! Even Mom!
For those spending Thanksgiving with just one or two people this Pressure Cooking process works well in a smaller pressure cooker with a smaller bird or even using a “cut” of Turkey like a side or butterflied Turkey breast.
It takes 2 hours… TOPS! That’s it. 2 Hours to Turkey! That means you may have to steal Uncle Mike away from the last touchdown or while the commercials are on to carve the bird!