Thanksgiving meal is generally about the staples: turkey, stuffing and all the oven-made sides. This year we implore you to bring some creativity to your dinner table to spice up those classics. And what better way, than to experiment with new cooking techniques. Cooking sous vide or using an anti-griddle should not only be reserved for restaurant chefs. It can actually be done at home in any kitchen using a few materials. Here are 3 easy ways that you can elevate your Thanksgiving meal without spending big bucks on new kitchen gadgets!
Sous Vide on a Budget
French for “under vacuum”, sous vide is a method of cooking that requires the food to be sealed in an air-tight plastic bag and placed in an temperature-controlled hot water bath. This ensures that the food is cooked all the way through without becoming over-cooked on the outside. And since turkeys have a reputation of being dry, it makes for the perfect sous vide dish. For moist, tender and perfectly cooked turkey this Thanksgiving, look no further than Chef Kenji Lopez’s recipe for turkey breast with crispy skin. He takes the guesswork out of this dish so that you can spend more time with your guests!
Anti-Griddle Frying Pan
Flash-freezing can come in handy if you are short on time when it comes to making dessert. Professional anti-griddles are clunky and expensive, but you can make your own with this frying pan hack. When the pan is cold enough, you can pour on a ice cream base a little at a time to make a delicious frozen treat. ‘Tis the season for all pumpkin spice eats, so we would be remiss if we didn’t share this Pumpkin Pie ice cream recipe from Paper & Stich. It looks heavenly!
DIY Smoking Gun
Smoking is a way of imparting the flavor of wood smoke into foods, sometimes cooking or preserving them at the same time. You’ll usually see the smoking gun used with fish or meat, but the folks over at Polyscience Culinary have paired it with butter. That’s right, smoked butter! You can use it on your mashed potatoes, roasted veggies or just spread it on some bread rolls at room-temperature. The possibilities are limitless!
Are you going to elevate your Thanksgiving meal with these cooking hacks? Tell us in the comments!