Six Holiday Hacks For A Stress Free Meal: Delta Hotels and Resorts
Have you planned your holiday meal yet? It might be the most wonderful time of the year, yet every year you worry about what to cook, how to decorate and where all the guests you’ve invited will fit. The mistletoe may be hung but there is still much to do.
Delta Hotels and Resorts top chefs offer these six great tips on how to avoid the holiday stress and serve a memorable family meal
- Prepare, prepare, prepare!
Plan out what needs to be done and see what you can prepare a few days in advance so that all you need to do is cook and serve on the big day. Make a menu, write out your shopping list and head to the store early. Making mashed potatoes? This is a dish that can be made in advance and reheated without compromising flavour.
- Does that turkey come deboned?
Debone your turkey before cooking or ask your local butcher to help you out. This turkey hack will cut your cooking time in half and give you more space to cook other things.
- Your oven isn’t the only appliance in town
There is nothing more frustrating than having to juggle all your recipes on a four-burner stove and since we’ve been experiencing warmer than normal temperatures this year, why not use your BBQ for a dish or two? Maybe even give your slow cooker a try for a great stuffing or vegetable side.
- Comfort is key
Sometimes thinking out of the box invites unwarranted stress and possible panic if all doesn’t go well. Stay within your comfort zone and make a tried and true recipe.
- It doesn’t always need to be festive
Your guests are likely attending more than one holiday dinner this season so they’ll have their fair share of the traditional turkey and stuffing. Don’t be afraid to serve some ribs or whip up your famous mac and cheese!
- Hot plates
When you make a big spread, it’s hard to keep the food hot. Use the oven or microwave to heat up your serving dishes before you put the food out. Heating the dishes up will help them hold their temperature for much longer.