How to Dress Up Store-Bought Thanksgiving Dishes

Easy ways to dress up a store-bought Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Shortcut Turkey Dinner

Save yourself the time needed to whip up a classic Thanksgiving, but don’t let that drag down the feast! A little TLC will transform anything store-bought into golden-dish territory. 

 

By Teri Tsang Barrett

Dinner Rolls

The easiest way to make baked goods shine is to heat them up just before serving. If you’re lucky enough to have some time on your hands, brush them with melted butter and add a sprinkle of sea salt before warming. 

Mashed Potatoes

Warm the mashed potatoes in a covered ovenproof serving dish, then brush the top with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle generously with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Broil until golden, and top with thinly sliced scallions or fresh herbs. 

Roasted Root Vegetables

Put the vegetables in a preheated 450 degree F oven. Immediately turn off the heat and let the vegetables remain until heated through, anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes; remember to keep the oven door closed as you check the potatoes, to keep the heat trapped in. Top with a compound butter that includes fresh herbs and aromatics like minced garlic and ginger. 

Green Beans

Save any crispy topping additions for last, right after heating up and just before serving — any breadcrumbs toasted in garlic-scented butter or olive oil will do the trick. 

Turkey

Follow any reheating instructions, and, unless your turkey has a special-order crust (such as an herb crust), baste the turkey with drippings or melted butter every 30 to 40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Pumpkin Pie

Serving the pie plated and garnished will add layers of decadence to the dessert. Depending on your preference for cold or warm pie, top with a contrast of textures and temperatures: Think hot sauces, cold ice cream, candied nuts or even finely chopped candy bars. 

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