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Your Guide to Thanksgiving at Home

Your Guide to Thanksgiving at Home

Nov 1, 2016

So you’re in charge of preparing Thanksgiving this year? We have a few helpful tips and tricks and recipes to make life a little easier.

Turkey tips from Wildfire Executive Chef/ Partner Joe Decker 

  • Order a fresh, natural turkey in advance. Don’t order a frozen turkey.
  • Plan on 1.5 lbs. of turkey per person when determining size of bird. Chef recommends two, 12-14 lb. turkeys rather than one large 24 lb.
  • Brining is an important step to adding moisture to a turkey. Make sure turkey breast is submerged in brine for 12-18 hours.
  • Leave prepped turkey (brined and spice rubbed) out at room temperature one hour before roasting.
  • Cook turkey, breast side down for 25 percent of the total cooking time, then carefully flip over for the remaining roasting time.
  • As an alternative, prepare your turkey on an outside BBQ grill with indirect heat to save oven space.

Recipes

Wildfire Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Topping

Wildfire Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow Topping

Wildfire Roasted Brussels Sprouts with brown butter, toasted hazelnuts

Wildfire Roasted Brussels Sprouts with brown butter, toasted hazelnuts

Mon Ami Gabi's Figgy Mulled Wine

Mon Ami Gabi’s Figgy Mulled Wine

Shaw's Pumpkin Pie

Shaw’s Pumpkin Pie


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