It’s that time of year again. All your loved ones get together in the same room to enjoy some delicious home cooking. It sounds like a dream come true, as long as you’re not the one who’s doing all the cooking. If you’re stuck in the kitchen this Thanksgiving, use these holiday hacks to make your guests feel like royalty.
Wow Them with a Unique Side-Dish
Everyone expects and loves the basics on Thanksgiving, like mashed potatoes, turkey, gravy and stuffing. But if you really want to impress your guests, toss in an easy, yet delicious side-dish. If you’re looking for ideas, check out this ultra-popular recipe for caramelized brussels sprouts with pistachios from AllRecipes.com.
Just steam the brussels sprouts over boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes, mix melted butter, onions and vinegar in a saucepan, add the brussels sprouts to the saucepan until they’re caramelized, and garnish them with pistachios and pepper. So simple and so scrumptious. Your guests will be more than impressed.
Dress Up Store-Bought or Boxed Favorites
If you’re short on time this Thanksgiving, don’t hesitate to resort to store-bought dishes and boxed favorites like Stouffer’s stuffing or mashed potatoes. You can always buy a couple of boxed side-dishes or a premade dessert at the grocery store and whip it out if you’re desperate. If you don’t want your guests to know that you’re serving them something that’s not homemade, you can always add in special ingredients or a garnish to make it your own.
Simplify Your Cleanup
Cleaning up after preparing such a large meal can be a real buzzkill. If you have a free minute while you’re cooking, you can do some of your dishes before it’s time to eat. Don’t be afraid to ask some of your guests to pitch in by handing them a dirty dish. If you’re doing all the hard work, why not save yourself some hassle and set the table with extra-durable paper plates. You’ll be amazed at how fast the cleanup process is when half your dishes are disposable.
Become a Master of Leftovers
Leftovers are pretty much a holiday tradition at this point, so it’s best to get a head’s start by grabbing some sturdy storage bags instead of giving away your best Tupperware. Smelly Proof bags are strong enough to hold even the messiest leftovers, all the while locking in powerful smells that can stink up the car, your suitcase or refrigerator. No one wants to make the long trek home with a bunch of smelly leftovers.
Give your guests the ultimate goody bag of Thanksgiving leftovers without the smell, and order some Smelly Proof bags today!