Rach's Can-Do Thanksgiving Guide
"I am so nervous about hosting Thanksgiving, I don't want any disasters!" says 25-year-old Annie, who is cooking turkey for her friends and family for the first time. "How much turkey should I make? What are the sides that I should prepare? What should I do for appetizers? How many desserts should I make for the amount of people that I have? How am I going to do it in the little space that I have in my kitchen? Please help me!"
Rachael offers to show this nervous host the ropes and says the key to conquering those pre-event jitters is to keep it simple. "People ask me every year, 'Are you nervous? What are you making this year?' We make the same thing every year and that's a great rule," Rachael says. "If there's a recipe that you've got your heart set on, I say don't be a food virgin on holiday meals ... Make it before the holiday, test drive it, make sure you can make it comfortably."
Keep the beverages simple by sticking to a single festive cocktail for all of your guests. Rachael suggests mixing pomegranate juice with ginger slices and prosecco. "Just let that steep in there so that the flavor of the ginger root goes all the way through the pomegranate juice," Rachael says. Mix that with the prosecco and you're all set. "Prosecco is like affordable champagne. It's sparkling wine, you can find a great tasting prosecco for not a lot of money, like under $15 a pop!"
Rachael then shows Annie how to make Apple and Onion Stuffin', Smashed Potatoes, Caramelized Onion Green Beans, Easy Homemade Gravy, Orange Pecan Cranberry Sauce, how to dress up your store-bought pie and Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Butter.
Rachael reassures the first-time host that if she has any turkey emergencies she can grab stock-in-a-box for a quick fix. "This is your buddy, your friend," Rachael notes. "If the turkey is dry, you heat a skillet with broth or stock, throw the sliced turkey in there and it's the moistest turkey I've had in my life!"
After teaching Annie the meal from start to finish, Rachael asks if she thinks she can prepare these dishes for her guests and the new kitchen pro has an immediate response: "Yes, I do!"
Also on this show
- Apple and Onion Stuffin’
- Hosting Your First Thanksgiving: Caramelized Onion Green Beans
- Hosting Your First Thanksgiving: Dress Up Your Store-Bought Pie
- Hosting Your First Thanksgiving: Easy Homemade Gravy
- Hosting Your First Thanksgiving: Orange Pecan Cranberry Sauce
- Hosting Your First Thanksgiving: Roast Turkey Breast with Herb Butter
- Hosting Your First Thanksgiving: Smashed Potatoes
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