How To Check the Temperature on a Turkey — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

We’ve always found that being told how to check the internal temperature of the turkey in one line of instruction is very different than actually doing it. And when we’re talking about not only our own health but that of our guests as well, we don’t want to get it wrong!

Here is how to take the temperature of your turkey and make sure that it has arrived at the safe internal temperature for eating.

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How To Keep Mashed Potatoes Warm: The 4 Best Methods — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

So you’re making Thanksgiving dinner for 20 people and you’re wondering whether you can make the mashed potatoes ahead of time and keep them warm. The answer is yes!

Here are four foolproof methods to keep your mashed potatoes warm (or reheat the ones you made yesterday). The method you use is up to you; use the one that works best for you and your schedule.

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How To Make Turkey Gravy for Thanksgiving — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

You’ve roasted your turkey, and now it’s time for gravy. You don’t need a recipe; this step-by-step guide will show you how to make delicious gravy to pour over your mashed potatoes and turkey with wild abandon.

The deeply browned and rich scrapings from the bottom of the roasting pan might not look like much when you first take the turkey out of the oven, but those drippings are Thanksgiving manna. Let’s make some gravy.

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How To Make Classic Green Bean Casserole — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

“Classic” green bean casserole means different things to different people. For some, green bean casserole consists of frozen and canned ingredients, quickly tossed together and baked as the token green vegetable for the Thanksgiving table. Others see green bean casserole as an opportunity to make every component from scratch, using only fresh green beans and making their own mushroom sauce and crispy fried onions. This is the new classic, a middle ground between convenience and comfort, without a sacrifice of quality or flavor.

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How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes for Thanksgiving — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Is there nothing more comforting and delicious than mashed potatoes? This warm, creamy, dairy-laden starch might be more of an indulgence than everyday fare these days, but even if you only have them once a year (Thanksgiving!), I say go all out and do it right. Read on for a recipe for classic mashed potatoes, with recommendations for potato type, dairy additions, and mashing methods.

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