Your guide to perfectly serving all of the Holiday Essentials.
- Start with all dishes at room temperature. Heating items up straight from the fridge to the oven not only takes longer to heat, it dries everything out! The outside will get hot long before the center. Remember, the amount of time for an item to go from 38 degrees to 160 is nearly three times longer than if starting at 70 in the oven.
- Don’t open your oven door. This goes without saying, but when you open the oven door, the heat escapes. When loading the oven, do it with a second person. Approach this tactfully and efficiently. Before preheating the oven, arrange all pans inside, so you know where to put them when it comes time to put them in the hot oven. Plan your Jenga move!
- Do you have serving dishes that can go from oven to table? Stoneware and cast iron pots keep things hot long after you pull them from the oven. If you can’t fit everything in the oven and need to do it in shifts, start with the items that can be heated up in their serving dishes. Pull them from the oven and, if possible, leave them covered on the stove. Even stack them! As long as they’re in a warm place and stacked, if possible, they’ll stay warm.
- Mash potatoes/pommes purée take the longest to heat up but also stay the hottest the longest.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- The fuller the oven, the longer things take to heat up. The fewer items in the oven– the faster. These estimated times are based on an oven with three racks, completely full. Reduce time by 1/3 for a two-rack oven.
Heating up your Classic Turkey Dinner like a professional:
Your turkey has arrived in a six piece cut for a reason. The dark meat can stay in the oven much longer than the white meat without drying out. Your turkey was also only cooked to the bare minimum temperature to give you some leeway with finishing it off. Don’t be scared if it’s a little pink; I did kill salmonella if there was any, and by the time you pull it from the oven, your turkey will be perfect. Heat covered for 15-20 mins. If you’d like crispier skin, remove the foil for the last 5 mins.
Pommes Purée - covered 45-60 mins. THIS ONE GOES IN FIRST
Gravy - In a pot, heat on medium heat and stir gently often. Once your gravy is liquid again, drop to a simmer. I’ve included some homemade turkey stock if you’d like to make a thinner gravy. Just before transferring to a serving boat, crank the heat for 30 seconds. Remember, hot gravy is perfect for turkey or stuffing that’s getting cold.
Cranberry Sauce - this can be warmed up on the stovetop on low heat (or even in a microwave) or served at room temperature.
Dinner Rolls - if you have a toaster oven, utilize that. Otherwise, pop these in the oven after you heated everything else up for 5-7 mins. Uncovered.
Stuffing - covered 20-30 mins.
Pommes Pavé - uncovered 15 mins.
Cannelloni - covered 30 mins, last 10 mins uncovered. Done when brown on top.
Pancetta Brussels Sprouts - uncovered 20-30 mins.
Green Bean Casserole - covered 20-30 mins or in a saucepan on the stove on medium heat. Top with fried onions before serving
Pumpkin Ravioli - in a large saucepan, heat browned butter and pasta water mixture, add ravioli and simmer until hot, gently stirring. About 2 mins. Transfer to a warm serving dish.
Candied Sweet Potatoes - uncovered for 30 mins or until marshmallows are desired color.
Carrots and Root Vegetables - uncovered 20-30 mins.