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A Bobby Flay Thanksgiving

At the Food Network NYC Wine and Food Festival last month, my favorite demonstration was Bobby Flay's. Although it was early October, Flay had Thanksgiving on the mind. He loves the food-centric holiday so much that every year, he wakes up at 5 a.m. and cooks a feast for 40 friends and family members. To find out how Flay makes his Thanksgiving a delicious success,

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  • The most important ingredient on Thanksgiving is chicken stock. Make sure to stock up on a good quality, store-bought brand. Flay keeps a pot of it heated on the stove all day and uses it to moisten the stuffing and turkey.
  • If you can afford it, buy a good, free-range turkey.
  • Prioritize! Do the cranberry a couple of days before Thanksgiving.
  • Be sure to put chicken stock in the bottom of the pan. The stock will steam the meat and make for a juicy turkey.
  • Don't rely on the minutes per pound rule when cooking turkey. The turkey is done when a temperature says 160°F.
  • Don't stuff the bird. Cook the stuffing outside in a separate dish.
  • Don't put eggs in the dressing. It doesn't need it.
  • Avoid cornstarch when making gravy. Flay prefers to make a separate sauce instead of the classic gravy.
  • Don't be afraid of salt. Flay says he "would rather die from salt than eat bland food."
  • Season and taste everything. According to Flay, "If you aren't tasting the food, you're not cooking."
  • After dinner play a girls vs. guys game of Trivial Pursuit!
  • What do you think of Bobby's tips? Do you have plenty of chicken stock on hand when making Thanksgiving dinner?


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justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
I was right! flagged! Wow, well now I know I can't make comments about liking it rough in the sack ;)
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
Milosmommy, I love me a cocky man- at least between the sheets. Who wants a limp little nice-guy who doesn't even bite, spank OR hold you down?!? No way, those kinds of pansy-guys never do it for me ;) I bet this comment is going to get flagged, lol
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
And I never thought a red headed man was cute in my life before this man....hmmmm....must be the biceps ;) they get me every time, dammit! I am so weak!!!! LOL!
jelleebeen jelleebeen 7 years
I love Bobby Flay! This sounds delicious.
milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
I'm really starting to warm up to him. (I used to not like him cuz I thought he was way too cocky) I love his ideas. I'll have to share them with my hubby the cook.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i love what bobby does for Thanksgiving. each year that iron chef america has their annual thanksgiving battle, i look forward to seeing if he's involved and what he makes. it's always a really nice thing to see what new things he comes up with, especially from someone that is passionate about the day rather than someone who just likes to cook.
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
besides being bloated from salt is not fun...
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
I am a controlled blood pressure lover and use very little salt and LOTS of spices...why doesn't he make his own chicken stock?
Food Food 7 years
Word on the salt! I, too, am a salt lover.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
I like the tip of putting broth in the bottom of the baking pan.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
why not stuff the turkey?? that's like the best part!! and it's fun :)
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 7 years
His wife is so lucky!
OliverCakery OliverCakery 7 years
Think of it - "Ya I'm just headed to Bobby's for thanksgiving, he put me in charge of pie!"
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 7 years
I would love to go to Bobby Flays Thanksgiving!
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