1.) BRINE is the new black
Brine your turkey for a minimum of 12 hours to a maximum of 72 hours. Submerge the turkey in these ingredients for a flavorful and moist bird.
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 gallon vegetable stock
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried sage
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
1 gallon ice water
Submerge the turkey in the liquid and keep refrigerated. I like to use a very large food safe plastic bag.
2.) Feed the crowd
To keep the crowds happy (let’s face it, sometimes it takes a bit longer than we expected to cook the bird and sides), have a few appetizers on hand. My favorites include the Artichoke Spinach Dip and Canapé au Coloré.
3.) Hydrate the crowd
I like to make a few adult beverages and the virgin versions to keep the day flowing nicely. Just make sure you keep the kiddy drinks separate so no accidents occur. My favorites include the Dreamsicle and Raspberry Nectar.
4.) PREP, PREP, PREP & PREP
Prepare the sides and desserts the day before. You don’t not want to be spending the whole day cooking and cleaning. Make anything and everything ahead of time and all you have to do is throw it in the oven or finish it off.
5.) Ask for help
There is nothing wrong with asking friends and family to bring a side or dessert. Also, have them pitch in when you need it. You are a super hero but even they need help from time to time.
6.) Remember what Thanksgiving is all about
Thanksgiving is about family and friends. Don’t get stressed, enjoy every moment. No one will notice if you forgot a garnish or if the rolls didn’t come out until after everything was served. Just breathe and enjoy!