It needn’t be Thanksgiving to eat a turkey breast and gravy sandwich

Posted on February 2, 2017

Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy

We love Thanksgiving. It ranks as our second favorite holiday behind Independence Day, which has the added advantage of fireworks. For us, the best Thanksgiving tradition is the leftover turkey sandwich. It tastes like leisure on a bun.

We had a free night. We wanted to do dinner well but couldn’t decide what to make. All day, we contemplated. We pondered. Alas, we were idealess. Devoid of ideas. After work, we visited the grocery store and roamed the aisles searching out inspiration.

Finally, we saw it. Turkey breast. “Can we really do it?” we asked. “Can we make turkey breast and gravy in February?” We searched the Google. No rule against it exists. In fact, old people do it all the time. They serve it on a slice of bread and call it an open-face sandwich.

Was that ageist? Sorry. We didn’t mean to sound ageist. Surely, people of all ages enjoy open-face sandwiches. Not us, though. We eat proper sandwiches with two slices of bread, preferably a bun.

Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy

We bought that turkey breast. We threw it in a pressure cooker. (We have an Instant Pot.) We used the stock and drippings to make gravy. And, we feasted on a delicious turkey breast and gravy sandwich. Keeping with the theme, we served it with a side of sweet potato fries.

Afterwards, we were full. Very full. And, tired. Below is our recipe.

Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy

Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy


  • One turkey breast, 3 to 4 lbs.
  • One teaspoon of dried thyme
  • One teaspoon of dried oregano
  • One teaspoon of paprika
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of pepper
  • Two cups of turkey stock
  • 1/3 cup of flour


Combine thyme, oregano, paprika, salt and pepper. Rub the seasoning onto the turkey breast. Pour stock into pressure cooker. Insert steam rack. Place turkey breast on steam rack. Cook on “High Pressure” for 25 minutes.

Either preform a quick release or allow pressure to naturally release. Remove turkey breast. Cut into slices of desired thickness.

Keep pressure cooker on “Keep Warm” setting. Slowly whisk in flour and continue whisking until gravy reaches desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Pressure Cooker Turkey Breast and Gravy

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