Let’s talk turkey. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching which means that the family will soon gather around your dinner table to discuss their political views in a rational and polite manner. The holidays are a reason for family and friends to come together, so give them something they all can agree on. This year, bring your A game with a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes.
The Perfect Turkey
The turkey is the centerpiece of your meal, and the one dish that every great host strives to perfect. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a few of the best tips for acing the Thanksgiving bird.
- Choose wisely when selecting your turkey. A fresh turkey may not necessarily be better than frozen since frozen turkeys are snap-frozen just after butchering.
- Brining is the best way to keep your turkey moist and flavorful. A typical brining solution contains water, salt, sugar and a variety of spices and aromatics.
- Basting is unhelpful (despite what your Grandmother tells you). Basting requires more oven opening, which can result in temperature fluctuations. This is a sure-fire way to dry out the bird!
Cranberry Sauce (Spiced with Orange)
This is a new take on an old favorite. The perfect amount of winter spice is cooked into traditional cranberry sauce, and then finished with allspice and freshly squeezed orange juice. This is a great dish because it can be made one to two days ahead of time, giving you more hours in your Thursday!
- Gather allspice a 4-inch square of cheesecloth and tie into a sachet. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine sugar, orange juice, and 1/4 cup water. Add sachet and cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and liquid begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Return pot to stove over medium-high heat and add cranberries and zest. Cook until cranberries just begin to pop, about 7 minutes. Discard sachet.
Apricot-Wild Rice Stuffing
This dish is a sweet and savory surprise! Your guests have had the same stuffing recipe for years. Rather than sticking to tradition, give it your own spin with fresh apricots and wild rice.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 3-quart baking dish.
- Cook rice according to package directions. Toast bread on a baking sheet until dry, 12 to 14 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened 8 to 10 minutes. Add apricots, parsley, sage, and thyme and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Stir in rice, bread, and walnuts. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Bake until golden, 35 to 40 minutes.
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