20 Most-Asked Thanksgiving Questions, Answered in 20 Words Or Less
Everything you need to know about cooking Thanksgiving dinner—from the turkey to the pie, fixings, sides and more.
What’s the difference between “stuffing” and “dressing”?
Technically, dressing is stuffing that’s cooked outside the turkey, but it’s really just cultural/regional semantics. This is what your favorite Thanksgiving dish says about you.
How do you fix dry stuffing?
Pour in some stock, cover with foil, and pop it in the oven. And just be glad you’re not experiencing these hilariously disastrous Thanksgiving helpline calls.
What’s an easy, basic gravy?
Sauté 1/4 cup of turkey fat or butter and 1/4 cup flour. Pour in 4 cups hot broth. Whisk until gravy-fied. Season.
How do I fix lumpy gravy?
Pour it into a blender and process. Or pass through a fine sieve.
How do I rescue my watery cranberry sauce?
Let it reduce longer on the stove; it will thicken as it cools. Also, “loose” cranberry sauce isn’t necessarily bad. These are the surprising things your Thanksgiving cranberries want you to know.
Can I bring my famous dish as a carry-on on a plane?
Cakes, pies, and “solids” can generally go through security. Booze, gravy, cranberry sauce, and other “liquids” need to be checked.
Dinner’s ready, but the guests are late. How do I keep the food hot?
Cover and keep in a 200°F oven for up to 30 minutes; baste with chicken broth if it gets dry.
Are any of the traditional Thanksgiving eats good candidates for the slow cooker? I’d love to be able to free up time and oven space.
Absolutely! Mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole all work well in the slow cooker. Check out these impressive Thanksgiving cooking hacks that use everyday objects.
My sister follows a gluten-free diet, and I planned desserts for her but totally forgot about the gravy. How do I thicken gluten-free gravy?
Use cornstarch or arrowroot powder.
What happens if I have a major last-minute cooking disaster?
Chuck it, and don’t mention it. Nobody will know. Unless it’s the turkey. In that case, confess; pour more wine. Read on for some more tips for preserving your sanity if you’re hosting Thanksgiving.