You're in charge of Thanksgiving dinner.
Your mother-in-law is coming over.
There's no room for error, and any mistake will be the end of life as you know it.
I know you're tempted to curl up into the fetal position, scream into a pillow, and a variety of other anxiety-induced meltdowns, but I am happy to tell you that you really don't need to do that.
@ForkReporter has made more Thanksgiving dinners than he can remember (and eaten even more...), and he is here to help you prevent a few common Thanksgiving disasters before they even happen.
- The turkey is frozen! - Easy fix. Take your turkey and submerge it in cold water. Wait 7 hours and it'll be perfectly thawed.
- You don't have a roasting pan! - It's okay, it really is. You have a few options...
- an aluminum roaster
- a broiler pan (minus the grate)
- a rimmed baking sheet
- There's no room! - Breathe. You have other appliances. Use your slow cooker for some side dishes. Don't be afraid to utilize resting periods and don't shy away from reheating things right before the meal. Nobody will notice a thing.
- The turkey is still raw! - I know you're running out of time, but there is a solution. Cover the turkey with foil and jack that temperature up to like 450 degrees. The skin won't burn and the meat will cook.
- The turkey is already cooked! - The turkey is done and you still have a long time until dinner. It's no biggie. You can let the bird rest for a little while. Then cut off the meat, put it on a platter, cover it with foil, and reheat it just in time for dinner.
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