Bob & LBF in the Morning

Bob & LBF in the Morning

Why Cook? Go to these Massachusetts Restaurants this Thanksgiving

Why Cook? Thanksgiving Dinners As Good As Grandma’s at These Massachusetts Restaurants!

Listen, Thanksgiving dinner is delicious. But if you’re making it, it can be – and we know this is a little harsh – a nightmare. Creating nearly a dozen dishes that have to be served HOT at the same time?

It’s Pilgrim-induced PERSECUTION.

It’s hard to get Thanksgiving dinners as good as grandma’s but these Massachusetts Restaurants deliver.

Literally.

OK OK, a lot of people don’t want to outsource the MOST important meal of the year. But how about a Thanksgiving at a Massachusetts restaurant?

I was once like that, but then I spatchcocked a turkey and tried to make dinner for people with allergies, diets, intolerances and that one PICKY EATER and I was like: You know what’s easy to make? Reservations!

Also, if you get a lot of your Thanksgiving dinner from a box or a jar, I will NOT JUDGE YOU.

Thanksgiving dinner is a marathon, not a sprint. Use what you can to make it easier.

Before I lead you to the promised land of Massachusetts restaurants that serve up a Thanksgiving dinner as good as Grandma’s, this is the spatchcocked turkey recipe I used that year. It was DELICIOUS.

Turkey Roulade with Cranberry-Citrus Stuffing and Cream Gravy courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

16 cups cubed crusty white bread (1/2-inch cubes), from 2 large round loaves

1 1/2 cups dried cranberries

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Zest and juice of 2 large oranges, zest of 4 lemons and zest of 2 medium grapefruit

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter

2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme and 2 medium onions, finely chopped

5 stalks celery, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 cups chicken or turkey stock

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 large eggs

ROULADE

One 5- to 6-pound boneless whole turkey breast, skin on, butterflied

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish

GRAVY

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white wine

2 cups chicken or turkey stock

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

1/4 cup heavy cream

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. For the stuffing: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Lay the bread out on two rimmed baking sheets. Bake until slightly dried out, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

  2. Meanwhile, soak the dried cranberries in a bowl with the brown sugar, orange juice and all the citrus zests.
  3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the sage and thyme and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the onions, celery, garlic, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook, stirring, until softened, 12 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the bread, pour in the stock, and add the cranberry mixture; toss to coat. Let cool completely. Add the parsley, eggs, 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper and mix thoroughly.
  4. For the roulade: Raise the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Lay the butterflied turkey breast skin-side-down on a plastic-wrap-lined work surface. Pound with a meat mallet to an even 1/2- to 3/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread about 5 cups of the stuffing in a 1/2-inch layer over the breast, leaving a 1-inch border on all sides. Starting on a long side, tightly roll up the breast to enclose the stuffing. Tie and secure the roulade every 1 1/2 inches with kitchen twine.

  6. Butter a 3-quart baking dish and fill it with the remaining stuffing.
  7. Gently rub the softened butter all over the roulade; sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Transfer to a rack set over a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 150 degrees F, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Thirty minutes before the roulade is done, add the stuffing to the oven.
  8. When the roulade is at temperature and the stuffing is hot, increase the oven temperature to 475 degrees F and cook for another 5 minutes, until both are golden brown. Transfer the roulade to a cutting board, cover loosely with foil and let stand 10 minutes.

  9. For the gravy: Melt the butter in the roasting pan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to form a paste. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the white wine and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Add the stock, sage and thyme; reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  10. Remove the twine and cut the roulade into slices. Serve with the extra stuffing and the gravy on the side.

    SEE HOW HARD THAT IS? And it’s JUST ONE DISH! Which is why you should book a perfect Thanksgiving Dinner that is just as good as Grandma’s!

  • 1. Summer Shack Boston - 50 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02115 Summer Shack Cambridge - 149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

    This Thanksgiving, Summer Shack Cambridge and Boston will be offering a variety of to-go options that your holiday guests will be sure to enjoy. Available for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23rd, Summer Shack’s offerings include their infamous Southern deep-fried or oven-roasted turkey, lobster pot pie, sides, desserts, and appetizers. A “complete meal with all the fixins” feeds eight to ten and costs $205, a 14 to 16 lb. turkey costs $150, add-on sides cost $10; apple, pecan, and pumpkin pies cost $25, and Summer Shack’s lobster baked pie costs $75. To view the full menu, or to place an order, please visit HERE.

  • 2.) Bistro du Midi 272 Boylston Street, Boston

    Join Bistro du Midi on Thursday, November 24th from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a three-course prix fixe menu. First, main, and dessert is available for $90 per person with optional raw bar, foie gras, truffle, and side additions. An optional wine pairing will also be available for an additional cost. To make a reservation, please call (617) 279-8000 or visit www.bistrodumidi.com

  • 3. Harvest 44 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

    Chef Nick Deutmeyer is serving up a delicious, three-course prix fixe menu this Thanksgiving in the heart of Harvard Square. Available from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., menu options will showcase seasonal, flavors, ingredients, and chef-driven Thanksgiving favorites. To make a reservation, please please call (617) 868-2255 or visit www.harvestcambridge.com

  • 4. Grill 23 & Bar, 161 Berkeley Street, Boston

    For an elevated Thanksgiving at Grill 23 & Bar, Chef Ryan Marcoux will be serving up a special a la carte feast from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A limited a la carte menu with chef-driven turkey dinner and sides will be served in the morning and will transition to a full a la carte menu with the same turkey dinner and sides in the afternoon and evening. For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact (617) 542-2255 or visit www.grill23.com.

  • 5. The Banks Fish House 406 Stuart Street, Boston, MA

    Chef Robert Sisca and The Banks Fish House team will be serving guests from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The a la carte menu will offer holiday specials in addition to its regularly available seafood-centric dishes. www.thebanksfishhouse.com

  • 6. All of Chef Will Gilson’s Restaurants (Puritan & Co., The Lexington, Geppetto, Cafe Beatrice)

    Each of Chef Will Gilson’s restaurants will be offering pies and sides to-go, made by Chef Will Gilson, Pastry Chef Brian Mercury, and the rest of the culinary teams. To-go sales will be available for pre-order beginning Thursday, November 11 at Puritan & Co., The Lexington, Geppetto, and Cafe Beatrice. 

  • 7. Pelham House Resort 14 Sea Street, Dennis Port, MA

    Celebrate Thanksgiving on Cape Cod at the beautiful, oceanfront Pelham House Resort in Dennis Port, MA. Ahead of Thanksgiving, Pelham House Resort will be offering guests the option to pre-order a complete thanksgiving meal for pick-up on Wednesday, November 23rd. The meal, suitable for 6-8 people, will include a whole turkey, sides to be reheated, and “all the fixins” for $325. Meals can be ordered HERE

    On Thanksgiving, Pelham House Resort will be serving up a classic Thanksgiving feast from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests will choose from a designated time slot for their reservation, which will include an exclusive rooftop cocktail hour featuring hand-rolled sushi and Pelham’s specialty raw bar boat followed by an expansive grand buffet served in its oceanfront sea level ballroom, both overlooking Nantucket Sound. Reservations cost $130.00 per adult and $65.00 per child. For reservations and the complete menu, please see HERE

  • 8. Rochambeau 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

    Located in the heart of the Back Bay, adjacent to the Prudential Center, Rochambeau will be offering Thanksgiving to-go for this year’s holiday in addition to in-restaurant dining. Suitable to feed four guests each, a la carte items will be available for preorder and pick up on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please visit HERE to make a reservation. 

     

  • 9. Osteria Nino, 19 3rd Ave, Burlington, MA

    Burlington’s Osteria Nino will be offering two ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal this year- in-house or to-go. Including turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potato, candied sweet potato, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, and choice of dessert, the in-restaurant costs only $30 per person for adults and $15 per person for children. Nino’s catering menu will consist of the same items as above and will come in two sizes and will be available to pick up cold on Wednesday, the 24th with reheat instructions or hot or cold on Thanksgiving day between open and 5 p.m. www.osterianino.com

  • 10. Scampo 215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

    For Thanksgiving at Scampo at The Liberty Hotel, Lydia Shire presents a traditional Thanksgiving feast as a special four-course dinner featuring options like a traditional Roast Heritage Turkey w/ Muscat Gravy, Homemade Celery Heart, Sausage & Golden Raisin Stuffing; Deluxe Mashed Potatoes; and “My Father’s Cranberry Sauce.” Available from noon to 7 p.m., the prix-fixe menu costs $115 for adults and $55 for children under 12. For more information about the menu, or to make a reservation, please visit HERE

  • 11. Boston Harbor Hotel 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA

    Boston Harbor Hotel is the premier dining detitanation to celebrate the holidays this year. Guests will enjoy a special prix-fixed brunch served in the stunning Atlantic Room at Boston’s only five-star and five-diamond waterfront hotel. Spend Thanksgiving with the food, drink and merriment of the Boston Harbor Hotel with a Grand Brunch created by Executive Chef David Daniels that includes delicious takes on modern favorites, such as a raw bar with sushi and sashimi, white truffle carbonara, beef wellington and the traditional turkey dinner with all the sides and fixins. There will be a Dessert Table that will have a wide selection of everything from macarons, pies, tarts, cakes and cookies.

    There will be a live jazz ensemble and the brunch will take place from 11a until 3p and is $210 per person and $80 for children 12 and under. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel to book their reservation or by logging onto opentable.com. The hotel can be reached at 617-439-7999 and reservations are required.

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