Mike's Top Ten Thanksgiving Time Saving Tips
by Mike Moore, Tastemaker in Residence
When it comes to Thanksgiving, I look for a corner to cut whenever possible. And yes, it is possible to cut corners without cutting taste.
- Shop at night when others are not.
- Start set up and cooking by 6:00 AM.
- Turn on your favorite music, parade or cooking show on to keep you moving. I use the parade as a tool to know where I should be, timing wise.
- Sharpen your carving knife before you start cooking.
- Write down your game plan from sides to leftovers.
- Get your serving items in place two days prior.
- Roasted roots rule when it comes to easy and tasty sides. Peel and prep carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, fennel, parsnips and roast with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper.
- Chill the wine and beer outside early in the AM so you have more room in the refrigerator. (this is obviously easier in certain climates)
- If you want to have stock for soup later, keep a pot on the stove all day and dump as you go! This way you will not have do it later and create another mess.
- After dinner use leftovers right away and make Turkey Pot Pies for freezing. Frozen pie shells filled with a 3 tablespoons of butter, sprinkle with flour, dash of salt and whatever moves you. Freeze, forget until January! You will love them on a cold night and you will have more room in your refrigerator.
Walk away from the kitchen and relax!