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Ina Garten's Low-Stress Method For Keeping Turkey Hot On Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings and happy reunions, yet on the flip side, it can cause a lot of stress for home cooks. Thankfully, celebrity chef and television personality Ina Garten has the perfect stress-free method of preparing Thanksgiving turkey — cooking the turkey and gravy ahead of time.
Once the roasted turkey is cooked and cooled, Garten lays a generous puddle of gravy across the bottom of an oven-proof serving platter or baking dish, slices the turkey, places it on top of the gravy puddle, and leaves it at room temperature. An hour before dinnertime, she pops the assembled platter into the oven to reheat.
Not only is this technique a convenient time-saver, but the hot puddle of gravy keeps the turkey warm long after you take it out, and, per Garten, the sliced turkey becomes juicier as it absorbs some of the gravy during reheating. To take things up a notch, Garten suggests swapping out classic mashed potatoes for parsnip purée.