With T-Day on the horizon and a quick rapprochement, you're probably in one of two camps. The one who waits anxiously for the party with barely contained drool. Or the one where you have to breathe heavily into a paper bag while worrying about your lack of stove and hearth space real estate and at the same time complaining that you are not many to do all the preparatory work.
Do not Worry, Group 2. When we are avid home cooks at Food Hacks, we can empathize with your plight. Fortunately, there are many ways to minimize the likelihood of an anxiety attack that we use on this Thanksgiving Day each year. And if everything else fails, break off (and cook with) the alcohol.
Yes, the pleasure of carbohydrate lovers; Without mashed potatoes, there is no real Thanksgiving! But this simple staple involves a lot of work, as anyone can testify who had to puree enough potatoes for 20 to 30 people (yes, I mean).
I have wasted a lot of time with the traditional shelling of potatoes way, but there is a much faster way to peel potatoes, which only takes a minute. If you have a clean, unused toilet brush (focus unused ) and a power drill, you can kiss these flimsy vegetable peelers goodbye.
If you do not prepare enough mashed potatoes to your liking For the whole extended family I recommend following this smooth video by CHOW:
Once your potatoes are peeled, they must be crushed. We recommend using a potato press for extra fluffy offenders, if you have one (and if not, you can find one here). And last but not least, the trick makes mashed potatoes fluffy without having to add extra butter or milk.
If you love potatoes but are bored with the same old mashed potato side dish, Hasselback potatoes, crispy fried potatoes and kid-friendly Tater Tots are equally tasty substitutes.
Filling is as important as turkey – and some may argue that it is more important, as their taste is often used to enhance every bite of the big bird.
Because filling is basically a spicy bread pudding, it also benefits from stiffer bread that retains its shape, even though it is soaked with broth. For this reason, filling is a great way to use bread that has stale – and this includes stale bagels too.
While I love traditional stuffing and can eat it every day of the week, you may be looking for different ways to enjoy filling. Do not worry, there are hacks for that.
. 3 Cornbread
I love a moist cornbread with a sweet crumb baked fresh on the pan. Not everyone is a fan of cornbread. In fact, there is a small debate about as real cornbread. But in my book sweet trumps are tasty every day. (I think that makes me a Yankee, which would not be wrong if I grew up in Delaware.)
While I'll admit that the box mix makes a decent cornbread, there's no reason you can not prepare your own mix in advance and bake it fresh for the feast. Better yet, add cream of corn to your home-made mix and watch the compliments of dinner pile up.
. 4 Cranberry Sauce
I've never been a big cranberry fan. This is likely because I grew up with cranberry jelly in cans and not real cranberry sauce. While I have been making peace with my mother for years, when cranberry sauce was withdrawn from me, I have vowed never to follow in their footsteps. Well, when it comes to cranberry sauce, that is.
Fortunately, the production of cranberry sauce is very simple – so simple that the instructions for making cranberry sauce are often found on the fresh bag of cranberries you pick up at the grocery store. (For the lazy ones: 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 12 ounces of cranberries, boil, stir, enjoy.)
If you want to add a little bit of pizza to the simple recipe, we have a method of using port wine in the sauce for added depth of flavor. Or you're tired of the old, boring recipes – in this case, this cranberry chutney recipe is just right for you.
. 5 Casserole with green beans
It is well known that the ubiquitous casserole with green beans was invented by the Campbell Soup Company in 1955 to promote the use of mushroom cream soup. The campaign was so successful that it is hard to imagine sitting down for Thanksgiving these days without seeing this fried onion dish.
Although the use of the canned soup is classic, I prefer to prepare the casserole myself: with home-made soup, fried onions and fresh green beans (more specifically the Haricot Vert variety). If you want to do the same, you must blanch your green beans before adding them to the casserole – both to maintain the light green color and to shorten the total time in the oven. The 7 Most Recent Thanksgiving Foods ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>