Home cooks will soon be firing up their ovens and taking on one of the biggest meals of the year - Thanksgiving. And many of those cooks will be hosting and cooking the meal for the very first time.
New York Times national editor and former restaurant critic Sam Sifton was on the Brian Lehrer Show and says it’s important for first time Thanksgiving hosts to keep the meal simple and traditional.
“A plain roast turkey, beautifully done, beautifully burnished. This is what you're after,” Sifton said.
But he says it’s OK to ask guests for help.
“You want a lot, a lot of side dishes as well,” he said. “It's perfectly acceptable to get your guests to help you out in that regard.”
And he said you should avoid filling your guests up with appetizers before the big meal.
“I didn't cook six hours on Thanksgiving morning, so that you could eat a pound and a half of nuts and then not have seconds.”
And Sifton reminds cooks to defrost their turkeys in time. If it's still frozen on Thanksgiving morning, there's nothing for a cook to do. You might as well order Chinese takeout.
Sifton has a new book called, Thanksgiving: How to Cook it Well.