We all could use some help to get us through the holiday season. Especially with preparing the holiday meal. Here are some tips for you to make your dinner or get together enjoyable and as stress free as possible.
Assemble Salads In Advance
Use a salad that has some heartier greens like escarole, so when you assemble it, it won’t be a soggy mess. Another tip, add your dressing on the bottom of the bowl and place the heartier on the top and place in the fridge. It should keep for a few hours.
Cut Up Veggies Before Cooking To Save Time
Since root veggies like squash take a bit of time to cook. Cut and wash them in advance. The smaller they are, the less time they need to cook.
Top Those Cooked Veggies
With a rich sauce. It’s the holidays so why not get decadent. Grill, boil or even roast your veggies and then turn it into delicious side by putting on an amazing sauce.
When In Doubt, Have Hens
Who said you had to have turkey for the holidays.Try speeding up your cook time by making a couple of cornish game hens or a couple of turkey breasts.
Skip The Roast and Grill Some Steaks
Steaks don’t take as long as Prime Rib and they are just as tasty. Throw them on the grill for an elevated flavor.
Don’t Wash Your Turkey
According to the USDA, washing a trukey only has negative benefits because it aerosolizes bacteria and spreads it. Also, keep it out of the sink.
Be Nice To Vegan and Vegetarian Diners
If you invite someone who is vegan, make you sure accomodate and make adjustments if you are hosting the holiday meal.
Offer Both Red and White Wine Options
You should not only have meat and vegetarians options, but also several wine options. Red meat, merlot or cabaret sauvignon. Turkey? White wine or Riesling.
Get Recipes You Can Prepare Ahead
You want to get as much of your cooking done as possible so that you can enjoy your meals with guests. Use your freezer when prepping as much as possible.
Offer A Cocktail, Especially To Yourself
Try creating a new festive cocktail for guests that’s a conversation starter. Make it with a fun, holiday theme.
Clean Cloudy Glassware With Lemon Juice
When pulling out all of the goregous glassware, try soaking your glassware in hot water mixed in with lemon juice for a few hours to remove the residue. Your glassware will sparkle.
Don’t Forget Seasoning
It’s so easy to forget basic seasonings like salt and pepper when you’re focusing on holiday tasks. Try making a list of what you need beforehand to make things easier.