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Smear Your Entire Turkey with Butter Smear Your Entire Turkey with Butter

Most turkey prep is designed to compensate for its lack of fat, and therefore, flavor. Dry brining is the best way to season your bird from the inside out, but for the juiciest, most delicious meat, you’ve gotta add some fat—and there’s no better fat than butter.

Manage Kitchen Chaos With Alexa's Named Timers Manage Kitchen Chaos With Alexa's Named Timers

Alexa and Google Home both allow you to set multiple, named timers, and they will save Thanksgiving.

Common Custard Pie Mistakes and How to Avoid Them Common Custard Pie Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Baked custards are everywhere on the Thanksgiving dessert table. Apart from apple pie, just about every other holiday classic calls for baking a sugar-and-egg slurry until perfectly set. It seems simple enough, but custard pies are notoriously tricky—especially when canned pumpkin gets involved.

You Don't Need to Truss a Turkey You Don't Need to Truss a Turkey

Cooking a perfect Thanksgiving turkey is a pretty tall order, and every cook has their own tricks for crispy skin and juicy meat. However you wrangle your bird this year, there’s one universal turkey truth that’ll save you time and effort: Trussing is a scam.

How to Make Turkey Gravy Without Pan Drippings How to Make Turkey Gravy Without Pan Drippings

There is a certain (I think) overly romantic expectation that a good turkey gravy must be made from pan drippings, and whisked together just moments before the Big Meal is put on the table. To this I say, “No thank you,” particularly when a very good gravy can be made hours, days, or even weeks ahead of time.

Amaze Your Thanksgiving Guests With Personal Stuffing-Stuffed Squash  Amaze Your Thanksgiving Guests With Personal Stuffing-Stuffed Squash 

If I have one criticism of the spatchcocked turkey, it’s that you can’t stuff it. I don’t even really like the stuffing that’s cooked in a turkey, but it feels wrong to call it “stuffing,” when you are not, in fact, performing such an act. But there are other things you can stuff with stuffing, and my favorite is the…

How to Make a Vegan Roast You'll Actually Want to Eat  How to Make a Vegan Roast You'll Actually Want to Eat 

Buying a vegan holiday roast is very much like playing Seitan Roulette. A classic Tofurky log is inoffensive at best, but the various competitors that pop up in Whole Foods this time of year ping-pong between “legitimately tasty” and “old boots with a whiff of sage.” If you’re sick of the usual faux-meat options, I…

This Buttermilk Brine Will Turn You Into a Turkey Breast Enthusiast This Buttermilk Brine Will Turn You Into a Turkey Breast Enthusiast

Over the years, I have not been shy about my indifference toward turkey. I’ve called it “a bit of a thermodynamic nightmare” with “the dumbest meat.” I’ve also been pretty clear about my preference for thighs—as dark meat inherently has more fat and flavor—but this buttermilk brined breast has me looking inward,…

Make This Brussels Sprouts Salad for Your Thanksgiving Spread  Make This Brussels Sprouts Salad for Your Thanksgiving Spread 

Thanksgiving is an onslaught of creamy, buttery starches and root vegetables and, though I wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s nice—heroic even—to provide some sort of fresh respite in the form of a salad.

Make a Truly Impressive Vegetarian Main for Thanksgiving

I am, as you have probably noticed, always concerned about the Thanksgiving plight of the vegetarian, and this concern extends to my vegetarian coworkers. For our little staff Thanksgiving, our (vegetarian) video producer, Adam Powers wanted to bring a meat-free dish, and I wanted to make sure it was as fun and…

Brine a Cauliflower Just as You Would a Turkey Brine a Cauliflower Just as You Would a Turkey

Since they do not consume giant, whole birds, vegetarians are often robbed that special, visually arresting main course the meat-eaters enjoy, because meat-eaters can be selfish, especially on a day that revolves around ceremoniously consuming a living dinosaur, then wishing upon one (and only one) of its broken bones.

Supplement Your Thanksgiving Turkey With a Ham Supplement Your Thanksgiving Turkey With a Ham

Growing up, I never attended a small Thanksgiving. My mother is the oldest of seven, and when we didn’t travel to Mississippi to be with her family, we would break the wishbone with a whole different family (the Kavons), bringing the kid count in our house to seven (all hungry, mostly adolescent girls). The Kavons…

Make These Thanksgiving Classics Even Better

Certain dishes can be found at nearly every Thanksgiving table, and the Lifehacker table is no different. For our little family meal, deputy editor Alice Bradley was tasked with the mashed potatoes and stuffing—two icons amongst turkey—and I was tasked with helping her make them shine. With two secret (some would say…

Weigh Down Your Pie Crusts With Sugar  Weigh Down Your Pie Crusts With Sugar 

Blind baking pie crusts should be so simple: line crimped, chilled pastry with parchment or foil, fill with dried beans to weigh it down, and bake until crisp. This works out okay most of the time, but for truly crisp crusts with no puffy spots, reach for the sugar.

The Turducken Casserole Is the Easier Way to Eat Three Birds at Once The Turducken Casserole Is the Easier Way to Eat Three Birds at Once

I have made many a Thanksgiving main in my day, but one thing I have never messed with is the turducken. Nothing against the excessive gluttony of it all—eating three birds at once actually sounds like fun—I just value my time, and deboning three birds just to re-form them around each other takes up too much of it.…

Let The Instant Pot Make Your Thanksgiving Easier

Thanksgiving is about spending time with those you love (or at least tolerate fondly), which is why the Lifehacker staff decided to gather for a staff turkey dinner. To make it extra special, I helped each staffer with their assigned dish, giving them little tips and tricks to make the meal, tastier, easier, and just…

Why Not Add Blueberries to Your Cranberry Sauce? Why Not Add Blueberries to Your Cranberry Sauce?

Like every single component of Thanksgiving dinner, cranberry sauce inspires a lot of feelings. There are can purists—“We need the ridges!”—and there are homemade enthusiasts. Then there are those who like to play around with the genre, infuriating both camps. I bet you can guess which category I fall into.

How to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner in a Single Sheet Pan How to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner in a Single Sheet Pan

Thanksgiving demands a lot from us all, but it demands the most from the dishwasher. If you’re having a smol Thanksgiving, it might not make sense to bust out every single pot and pan, but luckily you don’t have to. A full Turkey Day meal—complete with cranberry sauce—can be cooked up in your oven on single sheet pan.

Improve Your Favorite Thanksgiving Pies by Adding a Little Miso  Improve Your Favorite Thanksgiving Pies by Adding a Little Miso 

Thanksgiving menus aren’t exactly cradles of innovation. Some people refuse to mess with tradition, and tweaking the classics can be a real gamble—especially when it comes to pie. But if you’re sick of the same old pumpkin and pecan, slip in a little miso paste and watch as hardline traditionalists and radical pie…

You Can Freeze and Reheat Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving You Can Freeze and Reheat Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving

Potatoes are somewhat notorious for not reheating well. Baked potatoes, french fries, and hash browns are their best selves straight out of the oven, fryer, or pan, and it’s quite tricky—some would say “impossible”—to return them to their former glory. Mashed potatoes, however, are an exception, which is extremely…

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