Reheating Thanksgiving Leftovers
It's pretty much universally accepted that the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Whether you've hosted the holiday feast or grandma packed up Thanksgiving leftovers for you to take home, you've got a long weekend ahead and plenty of delicious food to enjoy. If you reheat it properly, that is.
The fastest way to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers is your microwave, but it doesn't always yield the best results. Try these 6 reheating tips instead for the most flavorful Thanksgiving leftovers you've ever tasted.
- Turkey: A long, slow roast got your turkey onto the Thanksgiving table, so you should turn to your oven for the best reheating results. Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees. Then, place turkey slices into a baking dish. Add a few pats of butter or a few spoonfuls of turkey stock to help retain moisture and enhance flavor. Cover the dish with foil and place it into the oven for 30 minutes until warmed through.
- Mashed Potatoes: The low-and-slow heat of the oven will recreate some superb spuds. Move the potatoes to a baking dish in an even layer. Add more cream, butter, and/or broth to the potatoes. (More moisture and fat are the two secret ingredients when reheating potatoes or any leftovers.) Cover the potatoes and place them alongside your turkey in the oven. They should both be ready to eat at the same time.
- Yams: Whether you call them yams or sweet potatoes, they are a Thanksgiving staple. Start by placing sliced yams on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and slide them into a 300-degree oven. If you like marshmallows, then add them to the yams before placing them in the oven and they'll melt as the yams heat up. Your yams will be ready to eat in about 20 minutes.
- Stuffing: Perhaps everyone's favorite Thanksgiving leftover, this reheating method makes it taste better than the day it was made. Add some butter and broth to the bottom of a pan or skillet. Place it on the stovetop over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add the stuffing and start frying it up using a spatula. The bread will get crispy and the broth brings moisture back to bread that may have dried out. The method will make your stuffing taste even better than before.
- Gravy: Low and slow is the way to go when reheating gravy. Use a skillet rather than a pan because it will heat more evenly and gently. Start by adding cool gravy to a cold pan, then turn on the heat so it warms up evenly without scalding.
- Pie: Whether you prefer apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie, start by pre-heating your oven to 200 degrees. Then place the pie uncovered on a baking sheet and place in the oven. If the pie was in the refrigerator, it may take 20 minutes for it to become warm enough to eat. If it was at room temperature, then it will probably take about 10 minutes.
Bonus Reheating Tip: Get a Warming Drawer
You can simplify your Thanksgiving leftovers reheating experience by getting a warmer drawer. A warming drawer is a separate appliance that uses a low-heat setting to warm up food or keep just-cooked food warm and ready to eat for hours. The temperature levels on a warming drawer don't go very high, and most have humidity controls and timers so there's no risk of food burning, drying out, or getting soggy. All you have to do is place a plate of food into the drawer and you'll have a hot, tasty dish in no time. It's ideal for Thanksgiving leftovers, but you'll definitely use it throughout the year.
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