Bri’s Thanksgiving Tricks and Tips
I’ve shared with you my wine selection for this Thanksgiving and the appetizer board I created for my Thanksgiving dinner (last weekend). Now, I wanted to share with you the most important part…THE DINNER!! However, I realize you all can go online and search millions of recipes so rather than share with you my full recipes I just wanted to share some Thanksgiving tricks and tips to make some of the best dishes possible. I haven’t nailed all my dishes (yet!) so I am only going to share with you those that I think are truly above and beyond.
P.S. Sorry for the lack of pictures. The dining table got way too hectic and we ate it all way too fast!
- Thanksgiving tricks and tips #1- THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT. If you search google “how to make a moist turkey” you will read all about brining. Brining works. BUT it tends to “water log” the bird making the meat rather tasteless. My solution? Marinade the turkey in CHAMPAGE for 24-36 hours. I am not kidding. This will give you the best tasting, moistest turkey you have ever eaten. I did not have a way to soak the WHOLE bird in the champagne for that long as I did not have a dish that deep so instead I put the turkey in my roasting pan, poured in three bottles of CHEAP champagne, and turned the turkey over half way through marinating. Remember it must be refrigerated the whole time. My turkey was semi defrosted when I did this and it still worked like a charm. I’m sure fully defrosted is ideal but didn’t matter. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do this trick! It works.
- Thanksgiving tricks and tips #2- Cook your cranberries in the crockpot. I don’t care what recipe you use (I use water, orange juice or fresh oranges, cinnamon stick, sugar, and brown sugar) just do it in the crockpot. Why? Your home will smell like heaven when your guests arrive!!! Not to mention home cooked cranberries taste way better than the can stuffed and they are SUPER easy.
- Thanksgiving tricks and tips #3- Ok, be open minded here! Make a stock out of the turkey goblets to add to your gravy. I swear you will never have a more flavorful gravy. I had ALL my guests ask about the gravy! You can look up lots of recipes online but if you would like mine feel free to leave a comment below asking and I would be more than happy to share.
- My last Thanksgiving trick- Cook the mashed potatoes in the crockpot as well. Mashed potatoes are just that…mashed potatoes. Really yummy but tend to all taste the same. If you cook them in the crockpot all day with milk, butter, AND GARLIC CLOVES you will get the most divine side dish AND your home will smell heavenly.
Ok, guys, that’s it for my Thanksgiving tips. Sadly, I have not mastered a veggie recipe to share with you. My green bean casserole tastes just like any other but hopefully next year I will find a great one. Let me know if you want any specific recipes. HAPPY TURKEY DAY, Winos!