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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 Pick the Right Carving Board for Your Turkey How to Pick the Right Carving Board for Your Turkey

When planning your Thanksgiving turkey situation, you most likely focus on the recipe, and don’t give a ton of thought to what happens after you remove the glorious, perfectly-roasted bird from the oven. Obviously you are going to eat it, but a turkey must be carved before it can be consumed, and for that, you need a…

Make a Boozy Cranberry Slush With Just Two Ingredients Make a Boozy Cranberry Slush With Just Two Ingredients

I don’t know that anyone has ever run out of cranberry sauce during a Thanksgiving meal. It’s very easy to make, and people tend to make a lot of it, and I usually find myself with a bit of bonus sauce the day after the turkey has been gobbled.

Make a Superior Thanksgiving Pie With Sweet Potatoes 

Thanksgiving is not Thanksgiving without pie, and our creative producer, Heather Hass, was appointed pastry chef of our staff party. When it comes to Thanksgiving icons, the pumpkin pie is second only to the turkey, but the pie’s charms have nothing to do with the pumpkin—all the flavor comes from the added sugar and…

Make Mediocre Apples Taste Great With a Sprinkling of Salt Make Mediocre Apples Taste Great With a Sprinkling of Salt

You can get some pretty good apples right now, but sometimes even the most beautiful, promising looking crisp fall fruits can be a little too tart or a little too bland. This is, without a doubt, very disappointing, but don’t let it ruin your day. All your ho-hum apple needs is a sprinkling of salt.

Add Some Sparkle to Your Weekend With a Cranberry Spritz Add Some Sparkle to Your Weekend With a Cranberry Spritz

Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re getting sauced with one of my favorite holiday flavors—cranberry.

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…

Place Your Cutting Board in a Sheet Pan to Catch Turkey Runoff Place Your Cutting Board in a Sheet Pan to Catch Turkey Runoff

In a perfect world, we’d all own beautiful, huge, cutting boards carved from free-range trees, complete with grooves around the edges to catch any runoff that may occur while carving meats. But hell is empty, the devils are here, and my cutting boards are groove-less.

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…

An Ode to Jiffy Corn Casserole An Ode to Jiffy Corn Casserole

In any given household, there is that one dish that makes Thanksgiving. I’m not talking about the turkey—that’s too obvious. I’m talking about a dish—usually a side—that is always on your table, even though its status may be less than canonical. It’s the dish you missed when you attended your first Friendsgiving or…

Cold Brew Concentrate Is Your Thanksgiving Morning Hero Cold Brew Concentrate Is Your Thanksgiving Morning Hero

Thanksgiving morning can be weird, if you’re the host. You wake up with fair bit of work left to do, and often lots of folks milling around, fiddling with your coffee maker. This is where cold brew concentrate comes in.

Drink the El Presidente to Help Forget This President Drink the El Presidente to Help Forget This President

Happy weekend, everyone, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re making a classic (very strong) prohibition-era rum drink to help us forget some of the hard truths of this world, if only for a moment.

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.

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