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November 07, 2017

How to make a Thanksgiving dinner without killing yourself in the process

Anticipated family

Doesn’t time fly? It feels like we were celebrating Thanksgiving only yesterday and next thing you know, riiiinngggg! The calendar alert goes off to let you know that another Thanksgiving, one of the most hotly-anticipated family meals of the year, is just around the corner.

There are so many things that need to be organised in advanceand, as always, you’re short on time: going shopping, decorating the home, laying the table, hiding the wine from grandad, cooking the turkey… and, as if that wasn’t enough, keeping the little ones entertained.  Well, the little ones and the not-so-little ones too. Plus, there are always those distant cousins you never see but who turn up at the last minute to throw the celebration off whack.

cooking the turkey

Doing all of this is practically impossible unless you’re Superman or Superwoman. But don’t despair, because that’s going to happen anyway during dinner when your in-laws start sharing those “amusing” photos on WhatsApp.

The first task to get out of the way to ensure everything goes smoothly is to keep the kids busy. So, while you’re occupied with all the last-minute stuff, you’ll only have to put up with impertinent questions from those cousins who’ve just tagged along for a free meal and are about to drive you insane. The thing to do is make the kids feel like they’re doing something important: tell them that this year they’re going to be in charge of making the place cards and the rings for the napkins. That’ll keep them in their chairs. And this time you won’t even need to use any rope.

If the kids have been good, and we’re sure they have, a nice reward would be to take them to watch the annual extravaganza that is the Macy’s parade in New York. If that’s a bit too far to travel, another option might be to prepare a bowl of irresistible popcorn and park them in front of the TV to watch the football.

While they’re quiet, you’ll have enough time to deal with all the finer details and, most importantly, keep a watchful eye on the turkey so it doesn’t burn.  By the way, if you want the skin to go really golden and crispy, try brushing it generously with Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain before popping it in the oven. It really makes a difference!

Thanksgiving dinner

Another secret we’d like to pass on for your Thanksgiving menu is to add a splash of Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain to your mashed potato to give it a touch of creaminess. Wait until you see the look of envy on your mother-in-law’s face!

And as no detail is too much for this special meal, here’s another tip that’ll serve you in good stead: dip the edges of the glasses you’re serving the cocktails in into Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Spain and then sugar. This will give them a very different and extremely chic touch. This year, Thanksgiving will be unbeatable!

If you’d like more original ideas, visit our recipe book. You’ll find lots of dishes that will go well for the occasion.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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