For some, preparing a meal for 20 and plotting out courses weeks in advance is simply child’s play. These brazen Thanksgiving hosts have met no potato they could not mash into submission; no turkey they could not tame with some trussing; no lattice top pie they could not weave to perfection. They laugh in the face of your determined menu planning.
These Thanksgiving pros roast no mere turkey for their Thanksgiving meal. They prepare a main dish of the more legendary fashion — the Turducken: a deboned chicken and deboned duck layered in the cavity of a turkey, all sewn back up and roasted. To serve, one slices right down the middle, showing off the meaty layers. It is truly a Thanksgiving dish that can’t be beat. Or so we thought, until we learned about the Veggieducken – a four-vegetable behemoth with even more distinct layers and varied flavors (and easier-than-it-looks preparation, to boot.)
Which ‘ducken is the more extreme option for these fearless feasters? Watch the videos below and decide.
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When it comes to demonstrating cooking techniques — and helping pupils understand the science behind them — there is no better teacher than Alton Brown. So to prep for Thanksgiving, we’re tuning in to Alton’s top turkey tips to guarantee we turn out a perfectly cooked, flavorful, nicely browned bird.
Not convinced you need to brine? Alton brings in reinforcements to explain the weird science behind brining’s effectiveness, and shares his flavorful brine recipe.
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Come end of November, the only thing that rivals the anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner is the following week of Thanksgiving leftovers. The midnight fridge raid for a sliver of pie. A scoop of potatoes au gratin reheated for breakfast alongside some scrambled eggs. Another raid on the fridge for another piece of pie.
However, the true king of the leftovers is, of course, the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal, the turkey. Maybe it’s because we hardly ever take the time to roast a turkey the rest of the year, because come Thanksgiving, we just can’t get enough. In our household, we’ll even go so far as to roast an extra turkey on Thanksgiving just for the leftovers.
Of all our “turkey reinvented” dishes, Turkey Sloppy Joes is one of our all-time favorites. Saute up some onions and garlic. Add tomato sauce, ketchup, a little vinegar and brown sugar. Throw in a few more ingredients for spice and flavor. Chop up a chunk of the leftover turkey. And no sloppy joe is complete in our house without the addition of cheese. It’s a tradition that goes back to childhood.
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