How To Fix 10 Common Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters
We've all done it. Had a holiday culinary catastrophe on our hands. The folks at Food Network know a thing or two on expert fixes for common Thanksgiving disasters, so we wanted to share their wisdom. And just for the record, I usually test drive some of my recipes before hand, just to make sure I know what I'm doing. And sure enough, I had a major cake disaster over the weekend. Soooo glad I didn't wait until Thanksgiving Day to find out I needed to adjust some things. It wasn't pretty, y'all. Happy cooking!
- Dry Turkey Meat - the easiest way to remedy this is to warm up some turkey or chicken stock, and baste it over the bird. or, if it's really really dry. put some carved pieces in a casserole dish with some stock, cover with foil, and rewarm in the oven at 350 Degrees for about 10 minutes.
- Your turkey is still partially frozen - a common mistake, by the way. It can take up to three days to defrost a 12 lb turkey in the fridge. The fix: submerge your bird in cold water to speed up the process. Make sure you change the water frequently, and that the water is cold, not warm or hot. Also, seal it really well before your put it in the water. An ice chest works really well for this!
- Dry or Overcooked Stuffing - combine melted butter and/or stock and pour over the stuffing. Cover with foil and put in the oven to reheat. The steam should moisten it up.
- Soggy Stuffing - This is just as bad! Spread stuffing on a rimmed cookie sheet, and put it in the oven until it dries out.
- Gravy is too thin - whisk cornstarch or flour with water until a paste is formed. Bring gravy to a boil, then whisk in a small amount of paste at a time until desired consistency
- Lumpy Gravy - a blender or immersion blender will work fine with this problem
- Gluey or Sticky Mashed Potatoes - your best bet if your potatoes aren't fluffy is to mix them with an egg and grated cheddar cheese, and scoop them into muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees until tops are crispy, and your guests will think your mashed potato cups are divine!
- Lumpy Mashed Potatoes - lumps usually mean potatoes are under cooked, so add some milk or cream and cook on the stove over low heat until lumps are softened and ready to eat.
- Cracked Cheesecake or Pumpkin Pie - a little culinary flourish on top will fix this so that your guests will never know! Whipped cream or fruit top works wonders.