After slaving in the kitchen for hours churning out delicious looking pies and side dishes, you thought you had this entire Thanksgiving meal thing in the bag. Everything was coming together perfectly! But then you opened the oven and discovered that your worst Thanksgiving nightmare had come true: the turkey was unforgivingly dry.
While your first instinct may be to panic or maybe even, cry, don’t. Tears won’t help moisten your subpar bird and there are actually plenty of legit things you can do to salvage your Turkey Day centerpiece. Here are the easiest and most effective strategies:
Believe it or not, broth and fat work wonders for transforming a turkey from inedible to juicy in a jiff. Simply combine a few tablespoons of butter with a cup of broth (chicken or beef work best) for every two cups of turkey. Place the protein in a shallow baking dish and pour the consommé over turkey after you slice it. Then, cover it with foil and let it warm in the oven for a maximum of 15 minutes on 200 degrees. Make sure to do this right before your guests arrive to ensure that that the meal is served warm.
Slather On The Gravy
Okay, so your turkey is a bit dry. So what? You can totally redeem yourself by whipping up a bomb gravy (there are some great ones in our report, The Only 25 Thanksgiving Recipes You'll Ever Need) and slathering it on the bird before it hits the table. Super easy.
Try a Gravy & Broth Combo
If you bird is really far gone, try combining the two tips above. Dilute equal parts gravy with well-seasoned stock and splash it over the meat. Make sure the liquid isn’t too thick so that the dried bird actually absorbs it. Then, cover it with foil and pop the dish into the oven for 10 to 15 minutes on 200 degrees.
Pour With A Heavy Hand
We’re talking about the wine, people! If all else fails and you’re feeling a little less than festive, bring out the vino. Refilling your guests’ wine glasses a few extra times is sure to distract them from the sub-par main course. It will likely help you chill a bit, too. We’re fans of these 18 Wines for Weight Loss.