Thanksgiving Blunders

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.

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