Whether you are catering to the whole family clan or a big group of friends, the right restaurant equipment can help make Thanksgiving food preparation faster, leaving you with more time at the table. When cooking for large numbers, efficiency is the name of the game. Mixers, combination ovens, and even Gen2 fryers can make life in the kitchen easier. Here are some things to consider when putting together your own delicious Thanksgiving feast:
Start cooking your turkey first so it is guaranteed to be finished by the time everyone is settled at the table. There is nothing worse than a table (or two, or three) full of guests and no main course.
If you decided to deep fry your turkey, be absolutely sure it is completely thawed. It will probably take 3 to 4 days in a refrigerator to take a turkey from totally frozen to fully thawed and ready for the fryer. If you’re not sure it’s thawed… wait some more. Trying to fry a frozen turkey results in splattering oil that can cause a major fire if it comes into contact with a flame.
Be sure to consider your guests’ food preferences and allergies. Nuts, shellfish, dairy, eggs, and certain fruits are some common food allergies to be wary of. Also, be careful to keep any allergy-friendly dishes apart from each other on your restaurant equipment. Clean surfaces and containers thoroughly that may have been contaminated by the allergens. Additionally, the kids’ table may be pretty picky, so in addition to your famous spicy Andouille sausage dressing have some kid-friendly sides on hand, too.
Be creative! Think outside the box when it comes to your Thanksgiving meal. Roast your sweet potatoes with lime and ginger, make a pumpkin coconut tart instead of traditional pumpkin pie, add a little curry to your macaroni and cheese, bake some garlic and sun-dried tomato corn muffins… the possibilities are endless.