If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, stress levels are rising. It’s a huge meal and a daunting undertaking – especially when you have a lot of family and friends coming to celebrate with you.
When so much pressure is put on one meal, it’s inevitable that something might not come out as perfectly as you want it to. Just remember not to let it ruin your holiday. There is a solution for every Thanksgiving dinner disaster that could possibly happen. Keep these in mind so you always have a card up your sleeve:
Burnt Turkey: You probably had the oven too high, because when this disaster happens the bird is usually still under-cooked inside. Simply take the bird out, remove the burnt skin and slather the skinless bird with tons of butter and spices. Then turn the oven down and continue cooking. You might not get that beautiful browned skin on the outside but it will certainly still be a delicious bird.
Still Frozen Turkey: Fill the sink with cool, not warm, water and submerge the turkey, breast-side down. Change the water every 30 minutes, and plan on soaking it for 30 minutes per pound of fully frozen turkey. Once the bird is thawed, if time is an issue, cut up the turkey before roasting to reduce the cooking time.
Dry Turkey: Sometimes no matter what you do, the breast meat comes out dry. A great trick right after carving the bird – drizzle warm chicken stock over the white meat to moisten it up before serving.
Don’t refuse help: If people offer to bring sides – let them! Or if your mother-in-law is a great cook and offers you some help and pointers in the kitchen, take it. You don’t have to be a super hero on the holiday. (Shine)