How To Solve the Most Common Thanksgiving Dinner Disasters

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it's time to bring out the turkey once again. Whether you're having a Thanksgiving dinner with your family, or a Thanksgiving party for family and friends, you can plan ahead of time to avoid any disaster on that special day.

However, even the best laid Thanksgiving dinner plans can go down the drain for unexpected reasons. Here, we provide you with some practical ways to solve the most common Thanksgiving disasters.

  1. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and you suddenly remember that you forgot to thaw the turkey. It usually takes days to thaw a turkey in the refrigerator, and you only have hours before you need to put it in the oven in time for dinner. What to do? Fill your bathtub with water and place the turkey, still wrapped in plastic, in it. The only downside to this thawing method is that you have to change the water every half hour until the turkey is completely thawed.
  2. Your phone rings and it's your mother asking you if the turkey is cooking already. Not yet? Grab a knife and start cutting the turkey up into little serving pieces. Rub some oil on them and start pan frying the whole lot. After that, put the pan-fried turkey pieces into a dish and bake them for 30 minutes. Of course, this quick solution assumes that you have thawed the turkey.
  3. Dinner is a couple of hours away and your turkey is just taking too long to cook. At this rate, you'll be having Thanksgiving dinner when your neighbors are getting ready for bed. Unless you want this to happen, increase the temperature of your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, but no greater than that. This will speed up the cooking of the turkey. Remember to cover the turkey with aluminum foil to prevent the skin from getting burned.
  4. You cooked your gravy but it looks funny and not like what gravy should look like at all. If your gravy is lumpy, pass it through a sieve and mash the lumpy parts. If your gravy is too thick, thin it down with water or chicken broth. If it's too thin, thicken it up with a mixture of cornstarch and water until you get the consistency you want. Improve bland tasting gravy by seasoning it with salt, pepper, chicken broth or bourbon.
  5. You forgot to set the timer, and your dinner rolls are now slightly burned. You have no time to go out and buy some from the local bakery. Go get your cheese grater and scrap off the black parts.
  6. You're embarrassed to serve the pie because it looks like a mess. Salvage it by scooping a layer into a glass dish and adding a layer of whipped cream. Repeat the process until you have something that resembles a parfait. Chill it in the refrigerator and serve only when needed.

Thanksgiving dinners are one of the most looked-forward to events of the year. Follow these tips to prevent your Thanksgiving dinner from being a total disaster.


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