Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This is one of my favorite holidays, because it involves some of my favorite food shared with my favorite people! :-)
But with so much cooking, baking, and activity happening all at once, there’s bound to be some kitchen disasters. So just in case your Thanksgiving feast hits a few snags today, here are some simple quick fixes for common turkey day quandaries. Now you can focus on the good stuff….spending time with friends & family, expressing gratitude, and eating delicious dishes!
- Bringing a dish with you? Place your container inside of an ice chest to keep it warm! You can also use the thermos to keep your gravy warm. After the meal, fill the ice chest with hot, soapy water to make extra room for dirty dishes.
- If you don’t have a potato masher, you can make the potatoes smooth using a whisk, instead! It will be easy if you cook the potatoes just a little longer than usual, so they’re super soft.
- I hate when my pies crack in the oven, but if you serve pre-cut slices topped with whipped cream (instead of the whole pie), no one will even notice!
- I love cranberry sauce, but sometimes it’s just too sweet! Add a little lemon juice to make it more balanced.
- Cooking your turkey perfectly can be pretty tricky! Using an instant read thermometer makes it easy to know exactly when to take the bird out of the oven. Turkey should be 165 degrees, and will stay warm under foil for up to an hour.
More turkey tips…..
- If your meal isn’t super hot by the time it gets to the table, make sure the gravy is nice and hot to make up for it.
- If the leg meat isn’t cooked through yet, but the breast meat is done, you can cut off the breast meat, wrap it in foil, and return the rest of the bird to the oven.
- If you burned the turkey, you can cut off the burned pieces and serve the turkey pre-sliced.
- If the turkey is dry, sprinkle a couple tablespoons of hot chicken broth on top to add a little extra moisture.
- If the stuffing inside the bird is soggy, remove it and place it in a shallow baking dish. Use a paper towel to soak up liquid, and cook it at 350 degrees, until the stuffing has dried out.
- If your gravy is chunky, run it through a fine mesh strainer.
- If your mashed potatoes just aren’t working out, you can spread them in a shallow baking dish, sprinkle breadcrumbs, herbs and parmesan cheese over the top, and bake until the top is golden brown. They’ll be delicious!
- Out of brown sugar? Learn how to make your own here.
- Instead of adding “cream of _____ soup” to your favorite (green bean?) casserole, try my SOS mix! (Great gluten-free alternative.)
- I love decorating the “kids table!” Here are some of my favorite ideas for a cute table that will keep the kiddos busy before dinner.
- If you already have the meal under control, you have plenty of time to make this simple Thanksgiving centerpiece. :-)