Fancast sat down with Rocco DiSpirito and asked him for a few tips and fixes we could all use for Thanksgiving. Here is what he had to say:
Problem #1: I overcooked –or undercooked — the turkey.
Rocco’s Kitchen Fix: You’ve overcooked the bird and it is super dry; what do you do? Make an easy-to-prepare, extra-rich gravy using Heinz jarred pork gravy mixed with your pan drippings, chicken stock, and a lot of butter. Slice the breast and leg meat off the turkey, put it in a pan and cover it with the gravy. Then, heat it up and serve on a platter, as if you had planned it that way.
If you undercook the bird, usually the breast is fully cooked while the legs are undercooked. Cut the breast meat off using an electric knife, serve the breast, and put the drumsticks and thighs back in oven and cook them at a really high temperature.
Problem #2: I forgot the cranberry sauce.
Rocco’s Kitchen Fix: Cranberry sauce is a sweet and sour relish to complement the rich flavor of turkey. In its place, you can use whatever fruit you have on hand, whether it be frozen strawberries, canned peaches, or sliced pineapple, and process it in a blender with sugar and vinegar, until it is a sweet and sour combination to your liking. Your guests will think you invented a new relish.
Problem #3: The stuffing is too dry or too wet.
Rocco’s Kitchen Fix: Most people think that when their stuffing is too dry, it needs fat. On the contrary, it needs moisture that comes from chicken stock or wine, not fat. The bread has to absorb the liquid, so you can add water, chicken stock from a can, or your favorite mushroom soup to achieve your preferred texture.
If the stuffing is too wet, it’s easy to fix. You lay it out in the thinnest layer you can on a sheet pan and put it in oven with the turkey to dry out. The thinner the layer, the faster it will dry.
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