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How to Dress Up Store-Bought Thanksgiving Dishes

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

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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