Just For Fun: Cooking A Turkey On Your Car Manifold

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We are always trying to help you here on the Car Pro website and in our weekly newsletter. We give you Kevinís famous holiday recipes every year, now here's how you can combine a long drive to Grandmas with some unusual cooking: cook your bird on the manifold of your car engine.

If you have a drive that's longer than 220 miles, you can actually do this, according to the authors of the book Manifold Destiny: The One! The Only! Guide To Cooking On Your Car Engine. You can't do a whole turkey -- you'll have to settle for the breast, about five pounds of it, cut into slices and wrapped in foil.

Yes, the whole thing sounds more than a little insane. The book, originally published in 1989, is still available today on the Authorís website https://www.featherfolio.com/book. Today's engines are more insulated than ever before, so it might be hard to find a hot spot under the hood. However, even if your turkey isnít succulent, youíll certainly be the topic of conversation once you get to Grandmaís house for Christmas.

Should you want to try it, here is the recipe!


  • 1 Boneless turkey breast, about five pounds, sliced into thin strips against the grain
  • 3 large baking potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots, finely diced
  • Dry white wine
  • Flour for dredging
  • Butter for greasing foil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Three-quarters cup heavy cream
  1. At home, combine the turkey, potatoes and carrots into a bowl with the wine and cover. Marinate two hours in the refrigerator, then drain well (and don't drink the wine). Setting the vegetables aside, dredge the turkey pieces in flour, then heavily butter five large squares of foil. Arrange equal amounts of turkey and vegetables in each square, and season with salt and pepper as desired. Cup the foil around the turkey and vegetables, and pour over each serving as much heavy cream as you can without making a soupy mess, then seal carefully.

  2. Cook on the engine about four hours, turning once. We're assuming grandmother doesn't live in the next town.

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