When you are cooking a meal to feed many people, especially when
the precious oven real estate is involved, it can be tough to get
everything cooked perfectly and on the table at the same time. But
if you have one of these Thanksgiving blunders, it's not the end of
the world. Here are some easy fixes for your food fiascos!
Mashed Potatoes: If you have lumpy potatoes and you want to
smooth them out, you can try two different
approaches. Put the potatoes through a ricer or use a hand
masher. If you don't have a ricer or masher, you can
try an electric mixer. The mixer may take out the lumps, but
it can also result in a gluey consistency. It may help to start
your potatoes off in cold water that you bring to a boil rather
than putting them in boiling water, so they cook evenly.
Gravy: If you are making homemade gravy, it can be tricky to get
it just right. So if the gravy turns out too thin, whisk together 2
teaspoons of cornstarch or flour and 2 teaspoons of cold
chicken broth or water. Mix well with the warm gravy. You can do
this a couple of times if necessary. Alternatively,
if the gravy is too thick, mix in warm chicken or turkey broth
to thin it out.
Vegetables: If you overcook your vegetables, you can't just fix
them easily, but there is hope! If you have overcooked
cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus or carrots, you can mix
them with little salt and pepper, butter, chicken stock
or olive oil...and a touch of cream. This will turn them into a
creamy side dish. It may not be as healthy, but at least you don't
have to trash them!
Dressing: If you make dressing the old fashion way...stuffed in
the turkey, you might find the dressing to be a little soggy! When
the turkey is stuffed with dressing, it can often become too
moist. One way to fix this right up is to remove the stuffing from
the turkey (after it's done cooking) and bake for
approximately 15 minutes at 375 degrees. This simply dries it
out and brings it back to the texture we all love!
Turkey: There are lots of ways to cook a turkey meaning even
more ways the cooking can go wrong. When cooking a turkey, be
patient. If you gave yourself a certain amount of time to cook the
turkey, be careful not to obsessively check on it. When you open
the oven door, it cools down the oven which can increase your
cooking time. Also be sure to let the turkey rest for 30 minutes
before you carve it for the best results.
Have more Turkey Day tips? Share them in the comments below!