Sweet & Savory Food Gifts with Craftsy
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* Check that you have all the kitchen equipment necessary to make the turkey and other dishes on the menu.
* Get a head start on biscuits or muffins for the feast by making your own
baking mix. Measure the dry ingredients and butter from whatever recipe you’ve chosen and blend until the mixture resembles coarse meal; refrigerate in a sealed plastic bag. When it’s time to bake, there’s no need to bring the mixture to room temperature before adding the eggs and other ingredients.
* Check your shopping list and buy nonperishable items.
* If you’re using a frozen turkey, you’ll need to thaw it. The safest and easiest way is to put it, in its packaging, breast side up on a platter in your fridge. It will thaw at a rate of 4 pounds per day. Do the math and figure out when you need to start.
* Set the table (no, really). Lay out serving pieces and utensils with Post-its indicating which dish each piece is for, so you don’t wind up serving the dressing with tongs. This will also get you to go through your assorted flatware, glassware, serving pieces, and
table linensto see what you need to dry-clean, press, or shine, and what you will need to buy.
* Bake any breads or rolls now—they will keep for a week in the freezer. After baking, allow them to cool completely, wrap in foil, place in resealable plastic bags and freeze.Sunday, November 24, 2013
* It’s time to clean out the fridge. You’ll need storage space in the freezer and fridge for the turkey and the do-ahead dishes.
* Make cranberry sauce or relishes and store in the refrigerator.
* Prepare flavored butters (if desired) to serve on rolls (or to dab on mashed potatoes). Store covered in the refrigerator.
* Using a roux in your gravy? (You should.) Make it now and keep it in the refrigerator until go time.
* Tear bread for the dressing into pieces and leave out overnight on a baking sheet. You want stale bread for good dressing integrity. You can also bake the pieces for an hour or two at 200°
* Make soups and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
* Make your pie dough. Wrap tightly in plastic and keep chilled in the refrigerator until ready to use.
* Hit the supermarket early in the day to shop for perishables.
* Chill white wine, beer, bubbly, etc. If you’ll need more ice, now is the time to buy bags and make sure your cooler is clean.
* Wash and spin-dry salad greens, wrap in paper towels and store in resealable plastic bags in the refrigerator.
* Par-bake your dressing so all you’ll need to do on Turkey Day is reheat it and crisp it up.
* Make pies or other desserts and store according to recipe directions.
* Brining your turkey? For maximum flavor (and moistness), do it now.
* Most important of all: don’t cook dinner tonight. Order in.
* Turkey-roasting rule of thumb: Roast an unstuffed bird for approximately 15 minutes per pound at 325°. Do the math and figure out when you need to put the turkey in the oven to hit your scheduled dinnertime. Don’t forget to take resting time into account.
* Cut up everything for salads—except produce that browns easily (like apples)—and refrigerate in a big resealable plastic bag. Prep and chill the salad dressing.
* Make the mashed potatoes. Keep warm in a double boiler. Add a bit of warm milk just before serving if they seem a little dry.
* Thaw and rewarm (or finish preparing and bake) breads according to recipe directions.
* Whip cream for dessert.
* Reheat dressing(s) and any sides that need it.
* Rewarm soup.
* Assemble any salads you may be serving. Toss with salad dressing just before serving.
* Enjoy your leftovers and rest up. Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s are not too far away—visit bonappetit.com for more great holiday tips and recipes!