Thanksgiving Recipe: Black Truffle Parker House Rolls

Soft, squishy, golden yeast rolls are a Thanksgiving favorite but when our Black Truffle Butter is baked right into the dough, they’re downright irresistible. We recommend having a log of truffle butter in the freezer at all times, precisely for occasions like these. Put the rest of the ingredients on your last-minute shopping list and…

How to Carve a Turkey Like a Pro

So much time is spent planning the cooking for of Thanksgiving, but there’s also the carving and serving of the turkey to consider. Once the object of attention is done roasting, there’s a flurry of activity while it rests (you do let the turkey rest?) and you pull everything else together. That is not the…

Thanksgiving Help: Download Our Turkey Roasting Guide

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be an intimidating task, especially if you aren’t experienced. How often do we get to practice roasting a turkey? With the large turkey taking up so much time in the oven and all the side dishes to orchestrate, it’s no wonder the average home cook can be overwhelmed by the task….

Making Thanksgiving Dinner for a Small Party

Hosting a smaller group for Thanksgiving? You may not want to roast a whole turkey, but rather a turkey breast. Or perhaps make a special occasion roast like this Crackling Roast Porcelet Rack with Fennel & Apples. Here are a few holiday-appropriate recipes that will serve 4 to 6 people. Start with the main dish decision, and then…

Think Outside the Bird: Stuffing & Dressing Recipes

There are a few things on a Thanksgiving menu that are non-negotiables, and stuffing is one of them. Whether you are serving turkey, goose or capon there’s always room for stuffing. Even with a turkey alternative like wild boar, venison, or pork, a side dish of the good stuff is a welcome part of the…

Heritage Turkey Making the News

When it comes to heritage turkeys, beware of imposters, says Bloomberg. “Spending big on ‘heritage’ is no guarantee you’ll get a pure-blooded bird.” Yesterday’s article quotes our own Ariane and points out that some turkeys are being sold as “heirloom,” a term normally associated with fruits and vegetables, not turkeys. There are confusing marketing terms…

Thanksgiving Cooking: Pan Gravy Secrets

Nothing is better for dressing a turkey than delicious, old-fashioned pan gravy.  Some people think the whole meal is just an excuse to make gravy. Pan gravy derives its flavor and character from a rich stock, and the wonderful juices and dripping fats from the roasting bird that collect in the pan. Read on for an…

Holiday Recipe: Roasted Capon with Cognac-Mushroom Sauce

What’s a capon? We call it the super chicken. A capon is a rooster that is gelded at a young age and raised until it’s between 7 and 12 pounds. Bigger than a hen, with a broad breast, the capon makes the perfect holiday bird (a great alternative to turkey at Thanksgiving). In fact, it’s…

How to Truss a Turkey

Trussing is a means of binding a bird before cooking, to hold the wings and legs close to the body. This gives the bird a compact shape, often enhancing the symmetry in the process; and making for more even cooking, a beautiful presentation, and simplified carving.   Some recipes call for turning a bird during…

4 Ways to Make Turkey Breast for Thanksgiving

What does everyone want more of at the Thanksgiving table? If you are like most families, the answer is: white meat. But a turkey only comes with so much of that. If your family is a big one or is full white meat lovers, a turkey breast might just save your holiday meal. Serve it as a…

To Stuff, Or Not To Stuff, Your Holiday Bird

A bone of contention, or at least discussion, at the holidays is the stuffing of the turkey. Or is it dressing? There are 15,000,000 searches on Google for “stuffing or dressing,” and no end to the debate in sight. Regional language differences and family tradition dictate what you call this holiday dish. Bread stuffing cooked…