Thanksgiving: The Final Countdown
Whether you've been planning the feast for weeks or have been roped into hosting at the last minute, the final 24 hours of preparation are crucial towards a successful (and relaxed!) Thanksgiving meal. If you're stumped by cooking techniques or simply staring at a pile of ingredients, Cooking Channel is here to simplify your final countdown. We've got last-minute turkey tips (brining blues? carving questions?), recipes for sensational side dishes, and of course, the perfect pies to round out your dessert buffet.
Infusing your bird with moisture and varied flavors is as simple as soaking it for 6 to 10 hours in a brine. Get Alton Brown's simple brine recipe and watch his video on how to brine. (Don't have some of the spices Alton uses? No problem — the salted, sugared water will make a huge difference.)
Take your turkey to the next level with brines that incorporate fragrant herbs or by topping it with cured meats.
Whether you're stuffing the bird or serving dressing on the side, these crouton-based casseroles are many people's favorite part of the holiday meal. Ours range from classic to chock-full of meats and herbs.
Still stumped? Check out our 50 Best Side Dishes for Thanksgiving
And of course, don't forget to save room (and time!) for dessert. First, you'll need to prepare crusts for those pies (already done this? skip ahead!).