30 Thanksgiving Cooking Hacks You’ll Use for Years to Come
Thanksgiving dinner can be incredibly stressful! From large numbers of guests, juggling safe food preparation, and sorting out the menu, there’s a lot to think about. Here are some helpful hacks that can help your Thanksgiving Dinner be more stress-free, and extra delicious.
These bite-sized appetizers can be eaten one-handed. Appetizers should be quick to make, so they don’t take time from anything else.
Cold appetizers are the best friend of the Thanksgiving chef. These can be whipped up in advance, and they don’t take up any space in the oven.
Making mac and cheese in cups both saves time cooking, and makes it easier to serve. Try cooking your stuffing in muffin cups as well.
A cheese plate is a classic appetizer. Either buy one ready-made, or throw your own together. The guests will be happy snacking, and you can get on in the kitchen. Pair with the easiest appetizer – bowls of fancy chips.
Adding a starter to the menu may seem like extra effort, but it’s actually a time saver. This soup is easy to make in advance, and fills everyone up a bit before the main meal.
Salads are quick and refreshing. Write out recipes and stick them to the cabinets to guide you through the cooking.
Slow cookers are a lifesaver for rushed chefs. While the turkey cooks, set out a plan for the day.
Fried turkey is fun, delicious, only takes an hour, and saves space in the oven. Once you’ve tried it, you may never want to roast again.
If you’re going to try roasting a whole turkey, this recipe won’t lead you wrong. Ice down the skin on the breast, so it all cooks at the same time.
For small gatherings, a whole turkey is a waste of time. Roast turkey legs are just as good, and sure to please any small children.
This 3 ingredient stuffing is so incredibly simple, anyone can throw together. Take it up a notch by adding a quick splash of soy sauce.
Cranberry sauce can last a long time in the fridge, so this is a good one to make well in advance.
The star of cranberry sauce is that sweet bite of cranberry. Use a simple recipe, and let the berries speak for themselves.
Save stuffing stress by using large chunks of store bought bread. Lashings of butter make even simple stuffing can feel decadent.
Cornbread mixture is at the heart of this stuffing recipe. Don’t be afraid to use store bought shortcuts, so you can enjoy your day.
For the purist, this homemade gravy recipe is both delicious and easy. For those looking to save time, packet gravy can be improved with a dash of cream and some fresh herbs.
Don’t waste time peeling your potatoes. Simply boil them, and the skins slip right off.
Au gratin potatoes taste decadent without much effort. Get your family and friends to help with basic prep.
Hasselback potatoes don’t need much fuss to taste great. DIY a quick roasting tray using scrunched up tin foil bent into a spiral.
Microwave sweet potatoes to soften them off, rather than boiling.
Bacon gives such a punch of flavor that this Brussels sprouts recipe needs only four ingredients. Make Thanksgiving easier by picking simple ingredients, with big tastes.
Make sure to rest your turkey for at least 30 minutes before serving. While your turkey gets extra juicy, you can whip up some sides, like these green beans.
Get as many veggies on the table by roasting up a load of them together.
Balance the sides and veggies between the stovetop and the oven, to avoid crowding. These stovetop carrots taste just as good as roasted.
Cut and prep your veggies in advance, and keep them fresh in cold water. It saves so much time on the day.
Using the slow cooker is a great way to make things early, and free up space in the oven.
Tiramisu is delicious and light, and can be made before Thanksgiving. Something else you can do in advance: set the table.
Freeze the pie crust, and it holds its shape better when cooking. (Or buy a pre-made crust!)
Mimosas are one of the easiest cocktails, but they still feel fancy. Use a cooler to keep beers cold and save room in the fridge. No cooler? Hollow out a pumpkin and fill it with ice.
Having lots of hot toddy on hand keeps guests happy if dinner is running over time. Put it in the slow cooker, and people can help themselves.
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