Top Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving.. That one day each year where we all tend to cook more food then we do for the other 364 days.. Hosting a Thanksgiving, or even a "friendsgiving" is not for the faint of heart.
We tend to see family that we haven't seen all year, break out the "good" dishes, and have a boat load of pots and plates to wash. We wanted to take a moment to share a few tips and tricks that we have picked up through the years as well as advice from other cooking pros.
I mean, who truly likes the job of peeling potatoes? If you have an eager family member, this is a great task to pawn off on them. Otherwise, there are two basic ways to prep your potatoes for mashing.
1) Boil them first and then peel them. You can throw them right into the water with skins on, boil for about 20 to 25 minutes and then transfer them to an ice bath. Let them sit for about 20-30 seconds and then the skins will slide right off. From here you can go right ahead and mash them.
2) The next best option would be to bake your potatoes. Just pierce them a few them a few times, and throw them into the oven for approximately 1 hour at 400 degrees. Once they are done, just cut them open and use a spoon to scoop out the insides and Mash them up. Megan Scott and John Becker, authors of "Joy of Cooking,’’ explain, “Baking the potatoes dries them out a bit more, allowing for maximum butter/cream/dairy absorption and a fluffier texture."
Sure there are plenty of pre made stuffing mixes on the market, but did you know how easy it truly is to make your own? In our home we tend to use our Instapot for everything, and making homemade stuffing is one of our favorites! You can prep all of the ingredients the night before, set your instapot (or slow cooker) and forget about it!
Check out this recipe and see just how easy it is to create your own!
To save yourself a bit of time- Set the table the night before, glasses, centerpieces, napkins, etc- Not only will your table look gorgeous when your guest arrive, but you will save ample time that you need for cooking. Be sure to take out every serving platter, bowl and even utensil you will use.