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Taking on the Turkey: Simplifying Thanksgiving


Every autumn, families look forward to the day dedicated to an overwhelming amount of turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing - and giving thanks. However, for those in charge of this meal, Thanksgiving can more stressful than satiating. Whether these chefs are in charge due to their renowned culinary creations or because it's their turn to host, the truth is, many feel that the holiday turkey has become 18 pounds of anxiety and mess.

Experts from Jennie-O Turkey Store encourage you to take on the turkey this Thanksgiving by offering advice on how to make the rest of the day as simple as possible.

Plan Ahead: Get more sleep Thanksgiving morning by preparing the side dishes the night before. You can use the time saved to walk the dog with your kids or watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Go Pot Luck: Save time cooking by having a pot luck dinner. Assign a dish to each of your guests rather than preparing the entire meal yourself. Your guests will enjoy tasting everyone's creations and trading recipes.

Simple is Better: The last thing a chef wants to think about on the big day is table decoration. Instead of worrying about the center piece and decorative options, just go simple. Incorporate items from your backyard - like pinecones or leaves - and create an impressive centerpiece - at no cost!

Turkey Made Easy: Pick up an oven-ready turkey so you can spend more time with family and friends and less time sweating in the kitchen. This requires no preparation, goes straight from the freezer to the oven and makes for a tender juicy turkey.

Relax, Relax, Relax: Don't forget that ultimately Thanksgiving is about being thankful, not the mashed potatoes. Make sure to take time to relax and enjoy everyone and everything around you.

Leftover Recipe Suggestion: Cashew Turkey Croissants

Preparation Time: Under 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4

2 cups cooked and chopped turkey

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/3 cup chopped cashews

1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt

2 tablespoons Major Grey mango chutney

1/2 teaspoon curry powder

4 croissants*

In bowl, combine turkey, celery, and cashews. In small bowl, stir together mayonnaise, yogurt, chutney, and curry powder. Stir mayonnaise mixture into turkey mixture. Spoon 1/4 of filling on bottom of each croissant. Cover with croissant tops.

*Cashew Turkey Pitas: Substitute 2 large pita bread rounds for croissants. Follow recipe as directed, except cut pitas in half and open pockets. Spoon one-fourth of filling into each half.

Courtesy: Jennie-O

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