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Countdown to Dinner: Turkey Rolls furnish feast fast

Thursday, October 14, 1999

Tested by Kelly Burgess

It tastes just like Thanksgiving!

That was the surprised reaction of one of our young testers to his first bite of Turkey Rolls, sent in by JoAnn K. Erwin of Kennedy.

And so it did. The tender turkey, complete with stuffing, was a delicious preview of holiday meals to come. What a treat on a hectic, early fall weekday.

The best part was that, unlike those marathon holiday cooking sessions, this turkey dinner took less than 30 minutes to put together.

Erwin isn't sure where she got the recipe for Turkey Rolls -- it's just written on a piece of scrap paper -- but it's a regular menu item at her house. She even serves it for company.

"When I have company I make two different casseroles, and while we're eating one I put the other in the microwave to cook," said Erwin.

She likes to serve her Turkey Rolls with a frozen vegetable and baked potatoes. She cooks the vegetables halfway through and removes them from the microwave. Then she microwaves the potatoes, and, while they're standing, she zaps the Turkey Rolls. The veggies are put in to finish cooking while she's setting everything else on the table.

We did frozen vegetables and a salad, but potatoes would have been nice. If we had called Erwin before testing the recipe, she probably could have told us that.

"When you get to be 70, you learn all the tricks," she said.

Erwin has a lot of good recipe ideas and isn't afraid to try them out -- or to share them. The main recipient of her culinary interest is her boyfriend, riverboat captain Jim Kirk. In fact, they met over stuffed pork chops at the Elks Club only to realize that they had been neighbors some 50 years before.

Both had lost spouses, one thing led to another, and now her 81-year-old sweetie occasionally takes over at the stove when he's not working.

Although Erwin doesn't have a pressing need for quick recipes now, she did like them when her three boys were growing up. She was grateful to be able to be a stay-at-home mom to them, but said she never believed it was necessary to stay in the kitchen all day to make a good meal.

Now that's talking turkey.

Turkey Rolls

1 turkey breast
1 box Stove Top Stuffing
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
Milk to thin soup

Purchase turkey breast, not turkey roll, at deli, as many slices as needed for the family. Have it cut a little thicker than usual. Prepare stuffing mix. Place stuffing on top of each turkey slice and roll up. Place seam side down in a microwave-safe dish. Mix sour cream and cream of chicken soup. Add a little milk to thin. Pour over rolls, microwave 5 to 7 minutes until hot.

Tester's note: Our Thanksgiving-minded tester mused that this dish would also be good if canned gravy were substituted for the soup and sour cream mix.

Do you have an entrée, salad or vegetable side dish recipe (no desserts, please!) that can be made in 30 minutes or less from six ingredients or fewer (not counting water, salt and pepper)? Share it with Countdown to Dinner.

The PG tests all recipes and if we select your recipe for publication, you'll receive a free selection from our cookbook grab bag of current releases.

Send your recipe to Countdown to Dinner, Post-Gazette Food, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or fax to 412-263-1313. Please include your name, neighborhood and daytime phone number. Or e-mail to: nanderson@post-gazette.com Questions? Call 412-263-1760.

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