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7 Secret Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner

Upgrade your Thanksgiving dinner with minimal extra work!

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| November 19, 2019
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get cooking. Looking to perfect your apple pie? Seeking the juiciest, moistest turkey on the block? Whether you’re in charge of the whole dinner, or just the green beans or cranberry sauce, we’ve got some tips to share to make your contribution to Thanksgiving dinner one for the history books.

1. Add Vodka to Your Pie Crust

Replace most of your water with vodka instead. We recommend about ¼ cup of vodka along with a few tablespoons of water. No, it’s not going to make your pie boozy. In fact, all the alcohol evaporates in the oven. What’s left is an extra-flaky crust that melts in your mouth. Pair this with butter, flour and salt, and you’re well on your way to pie victory. Looking for another pie crust hack? Put all your ingredients in a food processor! It helps to create silky smooth dough that’s easy to roll out.

2. Add Nutella to Your Pumpkin Pie

If you agree that everything is better with chocolate, you’re going to love this quick addition to your pumpkin pie. Simply add a couple dollops of warm Nutella to your pumpkin pie mix (after it’s already poured into your pie crust). Then, gently swirl before popping it in the oven. DELICIOUS!

3. Spatchcock Your Turkey

Say what? This translates to simply removing the backbone of your turkey so the bird is laying flat in the pan. It reduces overall cooking time, and allows all the meat to evenly cook so turkey breasts aren’t dry while your turkey thighs are undercooked. Genius! For details, click here.

4. Garnish Your Martinell’s Apple Cider with Fresh Cranberries

Thanksgiving isn’t complete without some bottles of Martinell’s for kids and adults alike. Jazz up this sparkling beverage with a few fresh or frozen cranberries in each glass.

5. Wrap Your Asparagus in Prosciutto

Now’s not the time to worry about the calories. Bacon wrapped asparagus might be your usual go-to, but switch it out with prosciutto and your guests will know you are that fancy. Since prosciutto is now available at many supermarkets, you won’t have to make an extra trip to level up your appetizer game!

6. Spruce Up Your Canned Cranberry

After opening your can, run a knife around the inner edge & gently slide out the sauce onto your plate. Next, slice the block into rounds, then add some cinnamon sticks, whole cranberries, and sugared rosemary or thyme (simply drench the herbs in water and then sprinkle with sugar) as a decorative garnish. Eat your heart out M. Stewart!

7. Stuff Your Stuffing with Fresh Herbs

Instead of going for dried herbs in a jar, trade them for fresh parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. You’re going to love how this simple switch amplifies the taste of arguably the most delicious Thanksgiving side dish there is!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our wonderful customers! Have additional tips to share with us? Let us know in the comments!