15 Common, Last-Minute Thanksgiving Problems and How to Solve Them — Thanksgiving Tips

Often the trickiest part of hosting and cooking Thanksgiving dinner isn’t the major planning and prep you tackle in the weeks leading up to the year’s most delicious holiday — it’s all those big and small snafus that pop up at the last minute. Don’t sweat it, though! You’ve got this. And to make sure, we’re here to help.

From cracked pie crust and lumpy gravy to a frozen-solid turkey, here are the best solutions to 15 very common, last-minute Thanksgiving problems.

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The Best Way to Freeze and Reheat Mashed Potatoes — Thanksgiving Tips

When it comes to Thanksgiving sides, there’s no question that mashed potatoes are an absolute must. And there’s another thing to love about this crowd-pleasing dish: It’s actually easier than you might think to make ahead. So get a jump on your Thanksgiving prep by making your mashed potatoes now, freezing them, and then reheating on the big day.

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Why I’m Spending Thanksgiving with My Ex-Husband — Personal History

Just over a year ago, my husband and I decided to separate, but since it was the holidays, we agreed we would wait to tell our kids about this life change. We both felt like we were wearing a mask to get through it all; I felt comfort and despair in continuing with some of our beloved family traditions. I knew it was going to be the last year we shared the same roof and did certain things together.

I became very good at taking the days minute by minute and not looking too far ahead. I dove into some of my favorite recipes like homemade applesauce, fudge pie, and roasted butternut squash soup. The kitchen became my church. I was able to be in the moment and tell myself I could worry about what the holidays would look like after our split, later.

And now it’s later.

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This Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Is Perfect for Thanksgiving — Delicious Links

If mac and cheese is not part of your Thanksgiving spread, it should be. And if it does make a regular appearance on the holiday table, consider this twist on the classic this year instead. Made with spaghetti squash instead of real-deal pasta, this recipe offers a respite from the sea of carbs while still being rich and indulgent.

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The Upside-Down Dinners of My Taiwanese-American Family — My Two Tables

My family and I live in Brooklyn, where we are, in many ways, utterly stereotypical yuppie eaters. I shop at farmers markets, our local butcher, and Whole Foods. Coffee and cereal and toast are in our breakfast rotation, while dinner, my main duty, might be simple steaks or braised chicken thighs.

The exception is that we cook, most of all, Chinese food: a sweet and luscious braised ground pork from Taiwan, a quick stir-fry of pork and dried tofu, steamed egg with soy sauce, and always leafy greens with garlic.

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Recipe: Instant Pot Turkey Chili — Recipes from The Kitchn

Simmering a pot of chili for hours on a cold winter day is one of my favorite things to do — or at least it used to be.

Last winter I planned on making a batch of chili, got all my ingredients together, and … life happened. After spending all day running around, I thought that chili was no longer an option. Then I eyed my Instant Pot. To be honest, even though I love pressure cooking, I was skeptical. Would the fast cooking time rob the chili of the deep flavor that I love?

Answer: Nope!

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Recipe: Instant Pot Pumpkin Purée — Recipes from The Kitchn

Making homemade pumpkin purée sounds like one of those #culinarygoal projects — something that sounds good in theory, but takes far too much time and effort to actually do. Not so much when you add the pressure cooker to the equation. In hardly any time, homemade pumpkin purée, and all the bragging rights that go along with it, can be yours. Just imagine the pumpkin pie you’re on your way to making.

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