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THANKSGIVING It’s a special time of year where friends and family get together to share some quality time. We stuff ourselves with home-cooked food, we reminisce, and maybe we cap it off with some pumpkin pie. And if you’re the one putting any or all of this together, you may have a question or two. Whether it’s your job to prepare the turkey, the dressing, the salad or grandma’s famous sweet potatoes, there are some professionals in our community that can lend a hand.
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What is the best way to not dry out a tukey when baking?
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You can NEVER go wrong with bacon.
GooeyCheese
Bacon wrapped turkey, that had a brine bath, then injected with butter and herbs. Three steps... You will never eat turkey any other way ever again 😎
Have anyone tried any good veggetarian turkey?
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benbalo
I'm not vegetarian but I eat mostly vegetarian these days. You just need to get over the notion that other proteins are standing in for meat. They are all just proteins and a dish is a balance of its parts.
Though I have had some decent Asian mock duck that was tasty in its own way. But nothing like actual duck. It's duck-like because it's spiced and flavored like how duck is, with a soy glaze and five-spice powder. I can't imagine mock turkey being any good, because what does it normally taste like anyway? If you put wheat gluten together with stuffing and cranberries, then you might be able to get away with it if your guests are forgiving enough. Better to make a wonderful vegetarian spread without the trappings of appeasing to carnivore notions.
benbalo
Simply bake tofu or tempeh in the oven sprinkled with poultry seasoning. Add some vegan mushroom gravy and bang, in your faces you knuckle dragging carnivores!
Deep-fried bird is awesome...always moist and delicious; spend the extra for peanut oil!
Pace yourself when you accept multiple Thanksgiving dinner invitations. Ugh.
bbq turkey?
So now what do you do with all the leftovers? We take the stuffing, turkey, and gravy,combine them all,add a little stock and 1 beaten egg, then bake covered for one hour. Then serve with a side salad. It’s easy and tasty.
Happy Thanksgiving to the USA from Canada
Good luck all!
What stuffing do yall use?
Favorite Thanksgiving desserts?
Trap
1. Pumpkin Pie - plain and simple. 2. Pumpkin Cheesecake. 3. Dutch Apple Pie. 4. Pumpkin Trifle.
Trap
Pumpkin Pie... as long as it's made with butternut squash.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
Jonathan-Le
Happy Turkey day to you too :)
heyo
I haven't figured out what a cooking discussion has to do with the electronics giveaway, buty oh well! Enjoying reading all the comments anyway!
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rumblechick
Where are you finding the electronics giveaway? This is a Thanksgiving food discussion.
brenda52411
It's been so long I don't even remember! Sorry.
what is the best turkey you can buy?
jimstevens
Copied and pasted my reply from above :) We do a three prep process to the bird before cooking. 1) We do a Brine for the turkey to sit in for a few days before cooking : https://www.marthastewart.com/274271/how-to-brine-a-turkey 2) We inject butter, fresh garlic and herbs under the skin: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/butter-injected-turkey-102444 3) We wrap the turkey in thick bacon strips to protect and hold in the moisture... Plus you can eat the bacon with the turkey for awesome turkey bacon sandwiches the next day: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-a-bacon-wrapped-turkey-237557 By doing all three steps to prep the turkey, you will have the most moist flavorful turkey you have ever had. I can't imagine ever doing it any other way now that we have discovered this way of cooking a turkey. 0Reply
how do you make pie
Laserguy
Depends on the type you are looking to make. Some need to be baked, some can be poured and refrigerated. All depends....what type interests you?
We just got this oilless "fryer" thing yesterday. It can make fries and stuff. I still want a rice cooker.
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I don't understand those oilless friers... so you put... french fries into it.. (can it cook anything else?) Do you set a temperature, or is it one temperature fits all? What is the difference between it and baking? As you can see, I don't understand those oilless friers at all. You don't add ANY oil?
brenda52411
They can cook all sorts of things. There is usually a temperature and a time setting. We have cooked steaks, hash browns, chicken, and other things in ours. There is a heating element and a fan inside that blows air over the food and the heating element. The only oil used is the oil in the food itself. The reason it works so well is because of the fan. The air moves quickly over the food and heats it faster.
What the best way to cook a turkey?
hil83
Copied and pasted my reply from above :) We do a three prep process to the bird before cooking. 1) We do a Brine for the turkey to sit in for a few days before cooking : https://www.marthastewart.com/274271/how-to-brine-a-turkey 2) We inject butter, fresh garlic and herbs under the skin: https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/butter-injected-turkey-102444 3) We wrap the turkey in thick bacon strips to protect and hold in the moisture... Plus you can eat the bacon with the turkey for awesome turkey bacon sandwiches the next day: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-a-bacon-wrapped-turkey-237557 By doing all three steps to prep the turkey, you will have the most moist flavorful turkey you have ever had. I can't imagine ever doing it any other way now that we have discovered this way of cooking a turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
Butter under the turkey skin before roasting leaves that skin crispy.
rusthawk
Using an air compressor to separate the skin from the meat beforehand makes the skin super crispy 😁
How do you make a pecan pie
Bob5
What are you having trouble with? It's an open pie so you don't even need to make/buy a crust top. You can buy a shell or make the dough for the bottom. I personally like a lard-butter pie dough to get it extra flakey. I render leaf lard once a year at the beginning of fall/pie season, since commercial lard is hydrogenated.
Anyway, the magic in a pecan pie is in the filling. It's sugar, eggs, butter, corn syrup, vanilla, salt, and bourbon. You mix all of that together. You put the pecans in the crust and pour the mixture over it. You bake it so the filling sets. NY Times has a great recipe here (though I recommend cutting the sugar in half unless you live in the South): https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1766-bourbon-pecan-pie
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Mmm that sounds yummy, thanks.
Happy thanksgiving everyone!
Namida1234
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Today is pie day! Pumpkin, key lime & wild turkey pecan
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What’s on your dessert menu?
Chef_Scot
roasting a sugar pumpkin now for some cheesecake later. nice choice of butter there ;)
butterflying the bird works well too!
Do you guys ever do that turducken thing?
Submaureen
Yes, buying it and having it shipped. It comes precooked so its basically pop it in the oven and then let it cook. Tasty and people seem to like the presentation of it. Personally, I prefer a traditional turkey. But it's a cool option to try....
Smokin turkey via Traeger.
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
What did you do to prepare for the big day? I know I have my schedule and my own prep list that I follow.
Let‘s talk short cuts and time saving make ahead dishes. For me it all most always comes back to the kitchen I am cooking in. How much oven space is there vs. how many people I am cooking for.
When I am cooking turkey for a big group (or we are eating early in the day) I will pre-roast the turkey the day before but cook it under temp (140) the carve it up and put it into a baking dish. Once it is sliced and arranged nicely I will add some stock and cover with foil. Then all I have to do is throw it in a hot oven and bring it up to temp (165) the stock keeps it super moist.
Other years i have have made the mashed potatoes up in advance if I have extra oven space that have one less thing that do at the last minute. It really is kind of a dance. Finding the right balance of things that can be done in advance, could cooked in the oven while you work the stovetop. I wonder what your secret to a successful thanksgiving meal is?
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Chef_Scot
We always do the turnips & mashed potatoes ahead of time. With a little love, they revive without letting on that they were done ahead. This year my Wednesday cooking time is taking a major hit so my prep ahead list got chopped
215grace
I never thought of other mashed vegetables but it makes perfect sense. Thanks!
I can't cook. So just going to eat whatever my family makes
bvluong
start with something easy like homemade cranberry sauce. If you can boil and measure, you can make that.