How I Pinterest'd My Way Through Thanksgiving
I have finally come off the Thanksgiving coma and we have finally finished the turkey, unfortunately there are still tons of sides left (did someone say cranberry stuffing waffles anyone?). It is finally time to wrap up and post my Pinterest-centric Thanksgiving. Yes you read that correctly, I went full Pinterest for Thanksgiving and it actually turned out quite well. Some of it turned out bad, but it was actually a success and I am proud of my pinning skills. Was everything from Pinterest? No, we have family recipes or things that we do on the fly, but for the bulk of the items we made, we turned to the Internet.
Lets start with the king of the table…the turkey. We roasted it. We do not have the patience or equipment to smoke or fry the bird like we have in the past, but this year the roasting process was easier. Why you might ask? We spatchcocked the turkey. You are probably wondering what this technique is and trust me the video I saw did not include the fact you had to cut out the backbone, which is hard to do when you have shitty kitchen scissors. But thanks to a combination of Bon Appetite Magazine (see the video below) and the T.V. show The Kitchen from Food Network, we were able to cobble together a deliciously moist turkey. Yeah you read that right, a roasted turkey that is still moist. It is possible and if you plan on having turkey for the rest of the holiday season definitely use this technique. Plus the cooking time was cut in half.
Tip: For more flavor, brine your turkey by packing it in salt a few days prior to cooking. We also used tons of butter under the skin, on the skin, and in the cavity.
So even though we did not use recipes for the two stuffing’s we made, I found the best way to display/serve mine. That is by putting them into muffin tins and cooking them that way. Each one gets a crispy top and sides and a semi-moist center. Plus they are really easy to pack up after you are done gorging yourself. I ended up using a regular sized muffin/cupcake pan and an ice cream scoop in order to get the right amount in each section. I have seen mini sides and pies throughout Pinterest and here are just a few:
24 Awesome Muffin Tin Recipes
24 Adorable Mini Pie Recipes
When I mentioned that some of the recipes fell flat, it wasn’t due to the composer but due to user error. I tried to do too much and it ended up failing completely. I saw a pumpkin cornbread recipe on my Pinterest and was instantly hooked, especially since we always have tons fresh pumpkin puree left. So everything was going well, until I realized that the corn muffins and bread had been overcooked/burnt. Yeah it happens to the best of us, especially when you are trying to do a lot of things. But instead of throwing out the whole batch (which I was told to do by other people), I decided to use the good pieces and the sourdough bread I had to make a pumpkin bread pudding. I am going to have to freeze the rest, but it turned out well and plus the cornmeal gives the bread pudding an awesome texture. Definitely a good mess up and will probably be on my list from now on.
I am all about cooking or drinking on a budget and thanks to Kitchn, I was able to do their really simple sangria that my mom loved and I will probably use again for parties this season. I ended up making it the day prior in order to 1) check something off my list 2) sangria is always best when it is done hours ahead of serving. Their recipe only requires 5 items…yeah 5 items.
Well I full just reading my post and I hope that these Pinterest ideas get you ready for all your dinners coming up this season (that sangria will be a crowd pleaser for sure). What did you for Thanksgiving? Send me pictures on Instagram or Facebook and I will repost them (with credit of course).