Quick tips and cooking tricks to help you host Thanksgiving
Known for its many signature turkey sandwiches, Capriotti’s cooks fresh turkey overnight and picks it in the morning.
Jennifer Corbett, Delaware News Journal
Cooking a Thanksgiving meal and putting it on the table is not for the faint of heart. There’s a lot to do if you’re hosting a holiday meal.
We’ve consulted several cooking sites, TikTok, and cookbooks for these quick Thanksgiving hacks that will help take some of the stress out of the day.
🦃 The Cooking Channel provided some great tips. Out of burners on the stove? Keep dishes warm by storing them in the slow cooker. Set the machine on low to hold the mashed potatoes and gravy until you’re ready to serve them. The Food Network also suggests keeping the broth warm in a thermos before transferring it to a stock boat.
🦃 If you don’t have a fat separator, the Cooking Channel says to pour all of the stock into a heatproof cup or bowl. Then place the cup or bowl in the refrigerator for a few minutes. When it cools, the fat will freeze on top, and you can scoop it out with a spoon.
🦃 Don’t have a heavy skillet to roast your turkey? Moving the baking sheet underneath a disposable foil tray is another frugal cooking channel suggestion. The paper will support the bottom and make it easier for the flimsy pan to slide in and out of the oven.
🦃 A teaspoon of baking powder will make your mashed potatoes “fluffy and fluffy,” according to TikTok’s Jason from Easy Recipe & Hacks. “Before you mash, add the baking powder. The leavening agent will make it ‘too fluffy,'” he says.
🦃Don’t you want to distribute your dishes to guests who want to take home leftovers? Use disposable muffin pans with lids. Guests can have a little of everything for individual meals.
🦃 Did you forget to make or buy pumpkin pie? Here’s a super-quick, two-ingredient dessert with almost no work, according to Brooke at Mealsandmunchies on TikTok. On Thanksgiving Day, go to the store and buy a box of cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting, such as Pillsbury rolls, and a carton of pure pumpkin puree. Spray a baking tray with vegetable oil. Cut the cinnamon rolls into bite-sized pieces. Place it in a pan and add a can of pure pumpkin. Spread it everywhere. Bake the mixture at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Stir it after 15 minutes. When it comes out of the oven, sprinkle the top with a little cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. While it’s cooling, microwave the frosting for 10 seconds. Sprinkle it on top.
🦃 Is the broth lumpy or too salty? TikTok says you can make an easy broth using a 10-ounce can of cream of chicken soup. Add it to a pot and add a cup or more of water. Whisk well. If it is too thick, add more water. Let it mature. Taste for salt and pepper or add some chicken broth.
🦃 Using recipes from your smartphone while cooking is not easy. Instead, print out the recipes and tape them at eye level on your kitchen cabinets. Discard the paper when finished cooking.
🦃Do you want crispy turkey skin? Before roasting, pat the bird dry completely with a paper towel. Then brush it with butter or oil. This step will ensure that the skin becomes brown and crispy.
🦃 Don’t feel like basting your turkey? (Some experts say there’s no real benefit to roasting a turkey because all it does is lower the oven temperature.) But if you’re not convinced, try making a compound grass-fed butter. Mix 1 or 2 sticks of softened butter and mash with a fork in a bowl with salt, pepper, minced garlic, chopped fresh parsley, thyme and rosemary. Spread it under the skin of the turkey before roasting to preserve the juiciness of the meat.
Contact Patricia Talorico at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-324-2861 and follow them on X (Twitter) @pattytalorico Sign up for it Delaware Eats Newsletter.
Kitchen help! Ready-made Thanksgiving dishes, tested recipes, and some quick last-minute hacks
No cooking: Dine in or take out: Where to get Thanksgiving meals in Delaware