Every Thanksgiving Day, something ends up burnt at our house. Sometimes it’s the stuffing that is left a little too long in the oven, while other times it’s the turkey. Over the years, we’ve learned to either toss the dish or make it into something new. Once, when the rolls were burned, we tore the tops and bottoms off and used them to make tiny turkey sandwiches, complete with mayonnaise.
There is no use getting upset and crying- which, by the way, I have done many times. It is easier to take the dish that didn’t turn out quite right, come up with a new plan, and set a unique dish on the Thanksgiving Day table that no one can figure out, but will find that it sure does taste good.
Thanksgiving Day Food Fixes
It’s hard enough to make the dish the first time only to find yourself making the messed up dish into something new, but turkey day comes whether we’re ready or not. To ease the stress, here are some quick dinner ideas to use when your not sure how to fix the dish that just didn’t turn out the way you’d planned.
Potato Salad Food Fix:
We’ll begin with turkey day mashed potatoes. You’ve worked hard to get the potatoes creamy, but they are lumpy, dry, and don’t have any flavor. An easy food fix is to make them into potato salad. Add mustard, mayonnaise, boiled eggs, pickles, and pickle juice to the mashed potatoes and mix. You can also add onions. It is an easy dinner idea that can be used year round.
Burnt Pumpkin or Pecan Pie Food Fix:
When you pull the Thanksgiving Day pie out of the oven to find it has burnt around the edges and on the bottom, grab some glass bowls or cups that can be used in the oven and let’s get started. The first step is to take off the burnt crust around the edges. Then, cut the pie into small pieces. Check each piece to see if the bottom is burnt. If it is, remove the crust.
Next, spoon the pie into the bowls or glasses and cover with a new piece of pie crust. Bake until the top is golden, remove from the oven, and let cool. When it is time to serve, top with ice cream or cool whip for an upside down turkey day pie. Or, if you’re really short on time, skip the new piece of pie crust and go straight for the ice cream and serve.
Burnt Turkey Food Fix:
If you’ve burnt the turkey but the inside is still edible, go ahead and slice the turkey, being careful to remove all burnt pieces. Place the slices onto a platter and set on the table. It is not a rule that the turkey has to be in one piece when served. If the turkey is burnt badly, well, I guess your out of luck.