20 Chefs Share Their Top Tips For A Stress-Free Thanksgiving.
#6. Use unconventional ingredients.
"I put half a cup of coffee beans in the cavity of the turkey. It creates great depth of flavor."
—Tom Douglas, Dahlia Lounge, Seattle
#7. Celebrate Thanksgiving by creating or following your own traditions.
"Make your own hand roll sushi with your family."
—IRON CHEF Masaharu Morimoto
Japan Food Style
#8. Convert your kitchen into a buffet area.
"As my Thanksgiving crowd grew, I started doing the meal as a buffet. I put the food out in the kitchen and people walk through and take what they want. They gather in different areas to eat and mingle, and it's so much fun."
—Marc Vetri Vetri, Philadelphia
#9. Incorporate wine or bourbon into your cooking.
"I always use bourbon in my brines. Most bourbons have smoky, woody notes, which give a turkey fantastic flavor."
—Rob Feenie, Cactus Club Cafe, Vancouver
#10. Don't stress about serving all your dishes hot.
"Don't try to serve the entire meal hot—you usually don't have enough space or burners. One of my favorite dishes is a green bean salad that you can serve at room temperature."
—Marc Murphy, Landmarc, New York City
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