Cooking for Thanksgiving can be a lot of work for even the most seasoned of chefs. However, making a meal for your loved ones doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. With these simple thanksgiving cooking hacks, making your holiday meal has never been easier!
Bake stuffing in muffin tins
By baking your stuffing in muffin tins you will have perfectly portioned pieces that maximize the crispy surface area. That way no one will complain that they only had soggy stuffing. Just make sure to butter the muffin tin before filling it with stuffing so that when it comes time to dish up, you can just pop-out your ready-made stuffing muffins and enjoy.
DIY roasting rack
If you don’t have a roasting rack to cook the turkey on, then don’t go running out to the store just yet. Instead, you can save a few dollars and place your turkey on a homemade rack made of aluminum foil. To make a rack simply crumple up some foil sheets to make a snake of foil about as thick as the neck of a wine bottle. Then coil the snake on the bottom of the pan and place the turkey on top. If you don’t have enough foil you can place your turkey on top of some onion or potato halves. Either way, the bird will be raised high enough so that air can circulate around it and cook it evenly.
Keep the mashed potatoes warm in a crockpot
It is no secret that a turkey can take hours to cook properly. If you are looking for a great way to keep your mashed potatoes warm without drying them out or making them gluey then you might want to use a crockpot.
Just butter your crockpot insert, add a little heavy cream, spoon in the potatoes and set the temp to low to keep your potatoes smooth and silky. Make sure to stir it every hour or so to prevent lumps. To make your potatoes extra fluffy simply add a sprinkle or two of baking powder!
Ice down the turkey breast before cooking
There is nothing worse than dry, overcooked turkey breast. To keep your turkey breast moist simply place a ziplock back of ice cubes on the turkey breast before cooking. It may sound crazy but this is a great trick to ensure the white breast meat starts cooking at a lower temperature.
This way both the white and dark meat cook at the same rate. If you forget to ice your turkey breast beforehand, you can always do some last-minute damage control before serving and drizzle some warm chicken broth over the dry turkey breast.