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What To Do With Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

 

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If you’re surfing the net today it’s probably for one of two reasons: you need to escape from your family, or you’ve got no idea what to do with all those leftovers. And maybe it’s both: you’ve got no idea what to do with your family that has refused to consume another bite of turkey.

I know the scenario. Even though everyone’s complaining that they overate, there’s enough turkey sitting in your fridge to host another banquet. How many post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches can you eat by yourself?


 

Quick & Kosher Thanksgiving Countdown:...

 

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So Thanksgiving is coming.  Don’t get your knickers in a twist, folks, it’s just one meal.  For those of us who managed to cook nine banquets for each of three holidays back in September, Thanksgiving is a snap.

Of course, I’m not factoring in your picky Aunt Zelda who will be coming to your Thanksgiving feast.  That might change the equation for you, making it as challenging as the holidays.  But except for that, remember that this time you have no Shabbat/Yom Tov cooking restrictions, so the advantage is with you.  Everything can be served straight from the oven and stove top with no creative warm-ups necessary.  Now that’s something to give thanks for!


 

Kosher Stuffing Recipe Roundup!

 

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It’s what’s in the bird that counts!  Here are seven recipes that will beat the stuffing out of the out of the box variety and might make your turkey jealous!

Mollie Katzen’s Smart Harvest Stuffing


 

Ultimate Kosher Thanksgiving Guide on Joy of...

 

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Joy of Kosher Dishes the Dirt on Thanksgiving

Need help with Thanksgiving? Our guide shows you how to shop and cook for the ultimate kosher Thanksgiving celebration.


 

Kosher Cranberry Sauce Recipe Roundup!

 

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There is nothing quite like the sweet and tart taste of fresh cranberry sauce.  It is a classic (and colorful) compliment to turkey and other seasonal dishes and easier to prepare than you might think.  Make your own cranberry sauce this year with these creative recipes and leave the can behind!

Cranberry Jalapeno Relish


 

Kosher Turkey Recipe Roundup!

 

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With Thanksgiving around the corner, everyone is talking turkey!  Here are some tasty Thanksgiving recipe ideas that are guaranteed to leave your guests stuffed!

Roast Turkey with Honey Mustard Glaze


 

An Appetizing Thanksgiving

 

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In most Jewish families, the recipes passed from generation to generation usually include chicken soup, kugel, or maybe a tzimmes.  But in my family, it was the hors d’œuvres that I always longed to replicate.  Maybe it was their fancy French name, or the fact that as a kid I got to eat something before the actual meal arrived, but whatever the reason I knew there was one day each year at the end of November that I was going to experience appetizer awesomeness. (more…)


 

Kosher Turkey Buying Guide

 

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Super-nutritious, low in fat, inexpensive and extremely versatile, turkey is one amazing food!

Roasted Kosher Turkey


 

Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers Into a Friday Night...

 

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A few years ago, I received a copy of Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead (Harvard Common Press, 2006) by Diane Phillips. In her chapter entitled, “The Diva’s Famous Do-Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner,” Phillips advises starting Thanksgiving preparations three months in advance.

Many kosher.com readers who prepare weekly Friday night dinner are probably laughing at the thought of even thinking about Thanksgiving before Rosh Hashana. If written by a Jewish cook, not only would the planning begin well after Succos but the really useful information would be how to turn Thanksgiving leftovers into Shabbat dinner.


 

Why is Thanksgiving Night Different from All Other...

 

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10 ways Thanksgiving dinner might be a little different in a kosher home:

  1. No planning 3 months or even 1 month ahead of time.  Compared to 8 days of Passover, Turkey Day’s a snap!
  2. People “wash” for the meal.
  3. Have to figure out creamy mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and pie and ice cream without any dairy.
  4. Guests are confused when dinner starts before sundown.
  5. “What, no challah!?!”
  6. Your company may stay through Shabbat.
  7. Grace is sung in Hebrew after the meal.
  8. Host and hostess go to bed dreaming  of ways to turn leftovers into Shabbat dinner.
  9. Don’t need an excuse to skip Black Friday shopping—gotta’ get ready for Shabbat.
  10. “Those are pilgrims, honey, not rabbis.”

We want to know how your Thanksgiving is different. Leave us your comments below.


 

10 Tips for Your First Thanksgiving & 3...

 

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  1. Lists, lists and more lists: menu, shopping list, invites, RSVPs and emergency cooking guru numbers
  2. Invest in good equipment—a sturdy roasting pan for even cooking, rack with handles for easy turkey removal, meat thermometer, carving knife , etc. Even an oven thermometer can help make sure your turkey is ready on time.
  3. If you’re using a frozen turkey you must allow adequate time to defrost it—you cannot cook a frozen turkey through on Thanksgiving Day!
  4. Make sure your turkey fits in its pan and the pan fits in the your oven. People sometimes by a big bird and a big pan for a big crowd only to realize that their city apartment oven or older model oven is too small to hold their turkey.
  5. Everything doesn’t have to be homemade-buy some pre-made products to round out your meal—and take guests up on offers to bring something, whether it’s a pie or sodas.
  6. Stuffing doesn’t have to be stuffed into the cavity of your turkey. A lot of cooks make “dressing” baked in the oven.  That way your turkey cooks faster and you don’t have to worry about undercooked stuffing. If you have vegetarians coming, make a vegetarian dressing you can serve to all your Thanksgiving guests.
  7. Timing is everything—­so that all food is hot and ready at the same time, plan recipes accordingly and have lots of covered ovenproof serving dishes available to keep foods warm.
  8. Have plenty of creative hors d’oeuvres on hand to keep guests happy until turkey time. They don’t have to be Thanksgiving themed or even autumnal—try guac/salsa and chips, hummus and pita crisps, sausage bites, etc.
  9. Keep drinks cold—if your fridge is full of food, consider a cooler with ice or keeping drinks in a cold garage or, depending where you live, even outside.
  10. Keep the day for essentials like cooking and celebrating with your guests—clean the house, etc. on the day before.

Bonus: 3 Foolproof Beginner Recipes for Thanksgiving

Roasted Turkey
Cranberry Relish
Roasted Sweet Vegetables in Spicy Cinnamon Cider


 

How to Deep Fry a Kosher Turkey

 

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Turkey Frying

By: JAY EIDELMAN


 

How to Thaw Safely a Frozen Kosher Turkey

 

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Here’s how to get your frozen kosher turkey ready for cooking.

According to the USDA, there are three ways to thaw your frozen turkey safely—in the refrigerator, in cold water or in a microwave oven.


 

Kosher Thanksgiving Turkey: Fresh vs Frozen

 

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Should you choose a fresh or a frozen kosher turkey this Thanksgiving?

Fresh

A fresh turkey is easier to deal with because there’s no defrosting involved. Some contend that fresh tastes better, as well. On the other hand, a fresh whole turkey can be safely stored in your refrigerator for only 1 or 2 days. And, because of special handling required to ensure freshness, some stores may charge more for fresh.