Fall for Sweet Potato Soup
Sweet Potato Soup
Most sweet potato soup recipes call for so many other ingredients that the sweet potato flavor is muted. By cutting back to just shallot, thyme, and butter and using water instead of broth, we put the focus back on the main ingredient. We also puree some of the potato skins into the soup for extra earthiness. However, the real key to intensifying the sweet potato flavor was using only a minimal amount of flavor-diluting water. To do so, we let the sweet potatoes sit in hot water off heat for 20 minutes to make use of an enzyme that reduces their starch content. Less starch meant we could create a soup with less water, keeping the sweet potato flavor in the forefront.
Foolproof All-Butter Pie Dough
by Andrea Geary
Outside the kitchen I’m sometimes a bit of a klutz, but give me a rolling pin and a lump of traditional all-butter pie dough—the kind that’s dry and brittle and exhibits an alarming tendency to crack—and I’ll dazzle you with my proficiency and grace as I roll it into a flawless circle. It’s a skill that’s taken me decades to acquire, and practicing it makes me feel like some sort of high priestess of pastry. My goal was to create a supple, moist all-butter pie dough that's supremely easy to roll out and bakes up tender and flaky.
Easier Roast Turkey and Gravy
We loosen the skin of the turkey and apply a mixture of salt and sugar to the meat to season it and help it retain more juices as it cooks. A baking powder rub ensures thorough browning and crispy skin. We preheat both a baking stone and a roasting pan in the oven before placing the turkey in the pan. The stone absorbs heat and delivers it through the pan to the turkey’s legs and thighs, which need to cook to a higher temperature than the delicate breast meat (which we protect with a foil shield). This means the white and dark meat finish cooking at the same time—no overcooked turkey here.
How to Set a Schedule for Thanksgiving Success
Want to get as much done as early as possible? Figure out what you're going to do when. What can be prepared in advance and refrigerated or frozen? What must be done the day of the holiday meal? Pay close attention to oven times and temperatures when making the timeline for the day of the meal. We outline the days leading up to Thanksgiving so you can feel prepared and ready to cook like a pro on the big day.