Throughout the month of November, our editor-in-chief, Lauren Purcell, will be sharing Thanksgiving tips on the food section of NowThis News, as well as their instagram, @NowThisFood. Turkey tips in 15 seconds? It doesn’t get much easier than that–or more fun! Check out the intro video here on our Instagram and watch the first video on @NowThisFood, where Lauren explains how to roast a turkey without a rack!
It’s that time of the year again: When pumpkins stop being carved into Jack-o-Lanterns and start getting cooked into pies. Yep, we’re talking about everyone’s favorite food holiday, Thanksgiving. Whether it’s your first time hosting Turkey Day, or you’re a seasoned pro looking for more adventurous dishes, our November 2012 issue features six different menus for every kind of cook. (And psst, just got nominated for a FOLIO: Award for Best Overall Design along with our FOLIO nominated story, Honk If You’re Hungry!) Find a menu fit for your Thanksgiving feast below!
For the first-timer, we show cooks how to make and carve a wonderfully easy Herb Butter Turkey with Cranberry Grapefruit Sauce, 4-ingredient Maple-Mashed Sweet Potatoes and a classic, yet simple Pecan Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream.
Our speedy menu guarantees dinner on the table in 2 hours. The timeline includes Cherry-Chipotle Turkey Breast, Microwavable Quick Cauliflower Puree and Chocolate Cream Puffs with Cranberry Compote made from store-bought puff pastry.
For the adventurous cook, we packed a serious flavor punch with an Indian-inspired menu featuring Tandoori-Spiced Turkey with Cracked Pepper Gravy, Naan & Cashew Stuffing and Cardamom-Vanilla Custards.
Don’t think we forgot about the vegetarians! This meatless menu consists of plenty of seasonal veggies that taste just like the holidays: Roasted Spiced Squash, Pistachio-Pomegranate Chopped Salad and Brown Butter Pumpkin Layer Cake, because vegetarians like dessert, too!
For the thrifty cook, we keep a budget at $40 to feed a crowd of eight. Here’s how we do it: Buttermilk-Marinated Turkey with Onion Gravy, super-cost-efficient Creamed Cabbage and fancy but frugal Gingered Carrot & Kale Ribbons.
Finally, our Make-Ahead Menu provides a timeline that begins the cooking a week in advance for a stress-free holiday. Cornmeal Stuffing Muffins are made a week ahead, Sweet Potato and Apple Gratin is made 2 days ahead and all that’s left to do on Thanksgiving Day is cook the Brined Dijon Turkey with Pan Gravy.
We’ll always have a soft spot in our hearts for the standard potato, but lately, the sweet potato has crept into all of our favorite recipes. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A and fiber, and they add a natural sweetness to any dish. If you thought the recipes ended at casserole and fries, think again. We’re taking some classic potato recipes and subbing in the sweet kind.
Potatoes au Gratin is now Sweet Potato & Apple Gratin
We’re swapping out your regular mash for Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie
Potato Pancakes can be sweet too! Try Sweet Potato Latkes with Cinnamon Sour Cream
What’s your favorite way to use sweet potatoes? Tell us in the comments below!
As Thanksgiving approaches, the last thing you want is extra work. So why struggle with a corkscrew? We taste-tested dozens of twist-off wines under $20 that taste great with turkey and all the trimmings.
1. Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012, $15
This New Zealand white is fruity, crisp and so drinkable our editor-in-chief orders it by the case.
2. Lapostolle Casa Grand Selection Chardonnay 2011, $12
Many chardonnays are too rich for Thanksgiving but this unoaked version won’t compete with the food.
3. Lorenza Rosé 2012, $17
Satisfy both red and white wine drinkers with this slightly dry and floral goes-with-anything Italian rosé.
4. Hartley-Ostini Hitching Post Pinot Noir 2011, $19
You can sip this jammy, all-around staff fave straight through to the pumpkin pie.
5. Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Red Syrah 2012, $10
The hint of spice in this syrah blend is a great match for herb-loaded side dishes.
6. Montes Twins Malbec 2011, $14
This blend of malbec and cabernet sauvignon is full-bodied enough to please the “big red” lovers but still works with turkey.
Wine Cheat Sheet
Can’t find our picks? Ask your wine seller for whites and rosés that are crisp, citrusy and not too heavy. Request reds with a medium amount of fruit, easy on the oak.
By Elizabeth Jenkins