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The Food Lab's Complete Guide to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

The key to a successful Thanksgiving is planning. Know what needs to get done, when it needs to be done, and how much manpower and time it's going to take you. There's no better way to derail a calm evening by scrambling at the last minute to make sure your turkey is cooked through, or the gravy isn't burning. There are many theories as to when to prep each individual item, but here's my own schedule of events, starting the week before Thanksgiving. More

The Food Lab: Introducing Vegetables Wellington, the Plant-Based Vegan Roast Even Meat Eaters Will Want

Coming up with a vegan holiday roast is a daunting task! It can't just take the place of the turkey or the prime rib nutritionally, it's got to cover all of those mental bases as well. Not only does it have to taste spectacular, but it's got to look stunning at the center of the table, with rich, deep flavors that scream fall and winter. What I ended up with was a vegan roast that is so pretty, so mouth-watering, so packed with flavor and texture that even the hardcore carnivores at the table will want to make room on their plate for a slice, perhaps even instead of that turkey. I call it Vegetables Wellington. More

Vegetables Wellington (The Ultimate Vegan Plant-Based Holiday Roast)

Coming up with a vegan holiday roast is a daunting task! It can't just take the place of the turkey or the prime rib nutritionally, it's got to cover all of those mental bases as well. Not only does it have to taste spectacular, but it's got to look stunning at the center of the table, with rich, deep flavors that scream fall and winter. What I ended up with was a vegan roast that is so pretty, so mouth-watering, so packed with flavor and texture that even the hardcore carnivores at the table will want to make room on their plate for a slice, perhaps even instead of that turkey. I call it Vegetables Wellington. More

The Food Lab: How to Cook Sous-Vide Turkey Breast With Extra-Crisp Skin

Sous-vide is a fantastic method for cooking holiday roasts. It delivers reliable moist and tender results, frees up your oven for other tasks, requires almost no supervision while cooking, and is very easy to hold hot and ready to serve until your guests are ready. That said, sous vide turkey comes with a few problems. We've solved the issues to give you a recipe that produces turkey cooked exactly how you like it, with deep roasty flavors and extra-crispy skin to boot. More

Sous-Vide Turkey Breast With Crispy Skin

Sous-vide is a fantastic method for cooking holiday roasts. It delivers reliable moist and tender results, frees up your oven for other tasks, requires almost no supervision while cooking, and is very easy to hold hot and ready to serve until your guests are ready. That said, sous vide turkey comes with a few problems. We've solved the issues to give you a recipe that produces turkey cooked exactly how you like it, with deep roasty flavors and extra-crispy skin to boot. More

The Food Lab Redux: Use Science to Bake the Best Apple Pie

The only time of the year I ever feel like eating pie is in the fall, and nine times out of ten, that pie I'm craving is apple. So I don't want just any apple pie. If I'm going to eat it, it had better be the best darned homemade apple pie around. Fortunately, with years of testing, pages of notes, and thousands of words worth of summarizing under my belt, I have a recipe that delivers just that. More

The Food Lab: Roasting Turkey? Throw Out Your Roasting Pan and Reach for Your Baking Stone

We all know by this stage that spatchcocking is the fastest and easiest way to roast turkey. The only downside is that you don't get to deliver that grand Norman Rockwell-style whole bird to the table. Here's how to keep your turkey easy to manage and fully intact while still producing a beautifully burnished, deep brown bird with evenly cooked, juicy meat to boot. More

The Food Lab: For the Best Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Use Science, Not Sugar

Have you ever wondered why sweet potatoes are so darn insecure? It's time to say good bye to the days of sweet potatoes having to hide behind a mask of sugar and bolted-on marshmallows. What we have here is a technique for making mashed sweet potatoes that are so sweet, rich, and packed with sweet potato flavor, they need only the simplest of embellishments to shine. More

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