Turkey Day Tips!

Thanksgiving Day tips!

Some simple tips to make sure you’re meal comes off without a hitch!

1.  Don’t try to re-invent the wheel! Stick with the basics on most dishes and maybe have one unique thing.

2.  Have a PLAN!  Plan out dishes and cooking times, to know what order to make dishes.  Keep in mind which dishes can be heated up and which should be served immediately.

3.  Have a few adult beverages handy.  This will help curb an appetite and relax your guests, so you don’t get stressed out!

4.  Cook your turkey to about 160 degrees when measured from the thickest part of the turkey.  Don’t rely on the pop up thermometers!

5.  Let your turkey rest AT LEAST 20 minutes before carving into it.  Don’t worry, it will still be warm!

6.  Cut potatoes into smaller cubes for faster cooking.  Drain potatoes and place back on burner on high heat for about 2-3 minutes to remove excess water.  This will prevent watery mashed potatoes.

7.  Have guests bring the simple things that no one can mess up! (i.e. drinks, ice, etc.)

8.  Salt and pepper is your friend! Nothing is worse than bland food! TASTE, TASTE, and TASTE as you’re cooking.  Season and if necessary reseason!

9.  Everything doesn’t have to be made from scratch! (insert gasp)

10.  Have fun! Don’t be too consumed with pleasing the people around you that you don’t take time to enjoy their company!

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Food-it Forward!

Turkey Brine

Turkey Brine

Get a juicy turkey – guaranteed!

 

Ingredients:

12 -14 lbs turkey, washed and cleaned out

1 cup kosher salt or 1 cup sea salt

1/4 cup table sugar or 1/4 cup brown sugar

5 garlic cloves minced

2 tbsp black pepper

2 quarts water

2 gallon turkey sized roasting bags

 

Directions:

 

  1. Combine 2 quarts of water in a 6 quart pot with salt, sugar, garlic, and pepper, over high heat until dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and let liquid return back to room temperature. MIXTURE SHOULD NOT BE HOT!
  3. Place one turkey bag into the other. Place a roasting pan at the bottom of the bags.
  4. Place the turkey breast side down, and pour in cooled liquid mixture.
  5. Seal tightly and refrigerate for 12-18 hours.
  6. Prepare your favorite turkey recipe, cooking the turkey to an internal temperature of 160 degrees.  Make sure to let the turkey rest at least 20 minutes before carving.

Cheddar Biscuits (A la Red Lobster)

Cheddar Biscuits (A la Red Lobster)
A homemade homage to this restaurant favorite!

Cheddar Biscuits (A la Red Lobster)

Cheddar Biscuits (A la Red Lobster)

Makes 10

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup whole milk
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil
6 tbsp cold butter
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. dried parsley flakes

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Add flour, salt, and baking powder to large mixing bowl. Add vegetable oil and break up 2 tbsp of the cold butter. Mix well with fork or wisk.
3. Add cheese and milk. You may need a little more than one cup if mixture looks dry. Mix until ingredients are well incorporated.
4. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick spray.
5. Form dough mixture into a ball, break in half and then evenly break off 5 pieces from each half. Place dough pieces evenly apart with enough room for biscuits to rise.
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
7. While biscuits are baking, in small sauce pan, melt down remaining 4 tbsp of butter. Add garlic powder and parsley and turn stove to low.
8. Once biscuits are done, brush butter mixture on tops and let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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