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Free Holiday Ham Guide: The Perfect Addition to Your Easter Ham Gift

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Spring celebrations include graduations, Mother’s Day, baptisms, and of course, religious holidays like Easter. It’s a time for healthy feasting to symbolize the end of a long winter and the beginning of a fresh new season.

Whatever you’re celebrating this spring, if you’re including a ham for the main course, you’ll want to find the easiest, tastiest recipes to consider for preparing the main course for the cutting board. Actually, even before looking for the best recipes to cook your ham, you’ll want to decide between cured and uncured. And remember, with gThankYou! ham gift certificates, it’s easy to give the gift of a main course ingredient to employees, friends, family, and anyone else on your gift shopping list this spring. Our Free Holiday Ham Guide helps!

Cured vs Uncured

There are different types of hams, depending on how they are processed after slaughter. The most common type of ham you see in grocery stores is wet-cured. These are brands like Hormel, Cook’s, and HoneyBaked. Wet-cured hams are soaked or injected with brine then broiled or smoked. Dry-cured hams are rubbed with salt and sugar, dry-aged between three months and three years, and sold raw. You’ll learn about these and other types of ham in our free cookbook.

Best Tasting Ways to Cook Ham

Hams can be cooked in various ways, including baking, boiling, grilling, and deep frying. Glazing is a popular way to bring out rich flavors and add citrus, apple, onion, whiskey, and other undertones to your special occasion ham. Good ingredients for ham glazes include mustard, spices like cloves and cinnamon, honey, brown sugar, molasses, and even soda. You may have a favorite holiday ham recipe, possibly your grandmother’s recipe or one passed down through your family. If not, you may want to browse recipes at Epicurious to find ham recipes collected from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, and other great recipes sources. Consider a deviled ham or a new glaze you’ve never tried.

After It’s Over – Leftovers

Unless you’re feeding a starving hoard, you’ll have some ham leftover, and that’s a good thing. Freeze leftover ham to use in the weeks following your special meal. It’s great for many meals other than sandwiches. Besides the recipes for leftover ham in our free ham cookbook, check out our ideas for ham leftovers, like macaroni and cheese with country ham and shirred eggs and ham.

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Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

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5 Easy Holiday Ham Leftovers Your Family Will Love

First, a universal truth: the best way to enjoy holiday ham leftovers may be straight out of the refrigerator, bits of crunchy glaze still clinging to the edges.

But there is the old saying that eternity might be defined as two people and a ham. After a few late night snacking binges, you may want to do something more substantial with that beautiful holiday ham.  After all, you may still have family visiting so why not try these easy and delicious ways to make the most of your ham leftovers, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch — or another midnight snack!  Your family and friends will thank you.

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole

Ham & Cheese Breakfast Casserole from Eating Well

Breakfast casseroles are among the most forgiving of family-friendly dishes. Put whatever you have lying around the fridge, from bell peppers and caramelized onions to broccoli and asparagus, into a casserole like this one from EatingWell, and it’s a good bet it will be delicious.

Even better for post-holiday noshing, this casserole is “light,” made healthier “primarily by losing a few egg yolks and using nonfat milk. Gruyère cheese has a delicious, nutty aroma and flavor, which means that with the relatively small amount in this recipe you still get a big impact.” What a great way to start your morning.

Baked Croque Monsieur

Toaster oven croque monsieur photo by Daisy Bun

Toaster oven croque monsieur photo by Daisy Bun

Warm, gooey and sinfully simple to make, Ina Garten’s croque monsieur sandwich is baked in the oven with a bit of Dijon mustard for spice.

Mini Cuban Sandwiches

mini_cuban_sandwich photo by bigpan

Mini Cuban Sandwiches from Food52, photo by bigpan

What makes a great Cuban sandwich something people will drive across town for is that combination of spicy mustard, sour pickles, salty and sweet ham and juicy pork.

These mini versions from Food52, are “easy to make (and) delicious to eat … good for kids or adults.” The recipe author says they can be made ahead and eaten cold or reheated, and the mini version is perfect for a crowd.

Macaroni and Cheese with Country Ham

Mac and cheese with ham from Saveur, credit Ben Fink

The idea of putting everything and anything into macaroni and cheese isn’t new. There’s mac and cheese pizza in WisconsinZingerman’s Roadhouse in Ann Arbor has no fewer than a half-dozen variations on the menu at any time: pimento bacon macaroni, an andouille sausage mac, a version with smoked chicken, fresh corn, green chiles and monterey jack, “three peppercorn goat cheese” and a baked ziti with heirloom tomato sauce and fresh herbs.

This marvelous version from Saveur, ideal for ham leftovers, adds cayenne pepper for a little kick and repurposes leftover biscuits for a buttered crumb topping.

Shirred Eggs and Ham

Break out the cast iron skillet for this filling, simple breakfast.

Shirred Ham by Mary Britton Senseney

Shirred Ham and Eggs by Mary Britton Senseney

Shirred eggs are simply eggs baked with heavy cream, tomato sauce and, of course, your leftover ham cut to fit the skillet. This recipe, republished on Huffington Post, comes from The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious Recipes (2012). Not counting the time it takes to heat up the oven, these eggs and ham take only five minutes.

For more leftover ham recipe suggestions, download our popular “Holiday Ham Guide” today. Just click the image below!

Holiday Ham Guide

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Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

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5 Great Ways to Glaze your Holiday Ham

There’s a reason everyone hovers in the kitchen while Christmas dinner is cooking. Few things make the mouth water like a succulent holiday ham, pleasantly salty and covered in a sinfully sticky glaze.

Most holiday hams available at the grocery store come already smoked, ready to warm up and eat. But adding a glaze can give your ham a little extra something, a layer of flavor and decadence that will have your guests begging for the leftovers.

Below are five great ways to glaze your holiday ham, from the classic pineapple-studded version to a more savory mustard-based glaze. Give one of these recipes a try this year with your holiday ham and make your dinner party one to remember.

Holiday Ham - Pineapple-Glazed Ham on Parade

Pineapple-Glazed Ham on Parade, photo by boodoo on Flickr.com

Pineapple and ham is a wonderful sweet-and-salty combination so well-established, it’s become a standard pizza topping. Parade Magazine’s recipe starts with a bone-in smoked Virginia ham and makes a sweet-spicy glaze using four cups of pineapple juice, peeled fresh ginger and four cloves of garlic.

With flavors of cloves, Dijon mustard and light brown sugar, the finishing touch is a geometric pattern of pineapple rings and bright red maraschino cherries.

Holiday Ham - Bill's Honey Ham from Penzeys Spices

Bill’s Honey Ham from Penzeys Spices

Bill’s Honey Ham from Penzey’s Spices smells and tastes wonderful, thanks to whole Ceylon cloves studding the meat. Bill’s glaze is a sweet and spicy blend of orange juice, a proprietary sauce called “Raspberry Enlightenment,” black pepper, honey, dill and mustard powder.

Holiday Ham - Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham from Sandra Lee

Bourbon Honey Glazed Ham from Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee makes holiday ham simple with a glaze reviewers call “a huge hit,” “fast and easy” and “the best glaze I have ever had on a ham.”

You probably have most of the ingredients on hand already, too: bourbon or whiskey, honey, molasses, 100 percent fruit marmalade (apricot preserves work in a pinch) and whole cloves. And while you have the bourbon out, whip up some amaretto bourbon punch — Martha Stewart Living calls it “robust” yet “mellow.”

Holiday Ham - Ham in Coca Cola from Nigella Lawson

Ham in Coca Cola from Nigella Lawson

“Only those who have never tried this raise an eyebrow at the idea,” writes Nigella Lawson, who has published a recipe for ham in Coca-Cola in at least two of her cookbooks: the classic “How to Eat” and her namesake “Nigella Bites.” “Don’t hesitate,” she adds, “don’t be anxious: this really works. No one who cooks it, cooks it just once: it always earns a place in every repertoire.”

Beyond sounding delicious in a delightfully low-brow way, ham in cola also looks nearly impossible to mess up. The only ingredients are ham, onion, Coke, cloves, molasses (which Nigella, being British, calls “treacle”), mustard powder and brown sugar. It involves a little bit of boiling, but the results sound divine.

Holiday Ham - Honey Mustard Glazed Ham from CHOW

Honey Mustard Glazed Ham from CHOW

With all the sweetness in a holiday ham from things like brown sugar, molasses, honey and cola, it’s nice to cut it a little bit with the spiciness of a good ground mustard. CHOW’s recipe for honey mustard ham is the simplest of them all, with only four elements in addition to ham — and one of them is butter.

With its “crunchy, sweet crust and juicy interior,” according to CHOW’s Amy Wisniewski, “all you need to worry about is getting a good-quality ham.”

Check out our free “Holiday Ham Guide” and start planning your ham dinner today.

Holiday Ham Guide

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Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

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Try something new with turkey and ham this holiday season

Right after Thanksgiving, you may be feeling all “turkeyed” out, and nobody would blame you. But Christmas is coming as quick as you can say “holiday sales,” and no one regrets planning early for holiday entertaining. Turkey and ham both make great centerpieces for December dinner parties, and they’re great on buffet tables, too.

Turkey and Ham - via Flickr.com

via Flickr.com

Turkey

The bonus of making a turkey again so soon after Thanksgiving is that this time, you can feel free to experiment without your sister-in-law making a fuss about the cranberry sauce.

Plus, now you have practice, right? And if you plan ahead, you can pick up one of those excess birds (so inexpensive in late November!) and pop a 12-lb. turkey in the freezer for later.

For a dinner party, try this Chinese American turkey from Saveur, brushed with sesame oil and stuffed with sticky rice, scallions, ginger and pork sausage, all seasoned with soy sauce and Chinese cooking wine.

Turkey and Ham - photo by Taekwonweirdo on Flickr

Chinese American turkey, photo by Taekwonweirdo on Flickr

For something quite different, try a smoked turkey. Alton Brown’s honey-brined smoked turkey involves making a “smoke bomb” using aluminum foil and hickory wood chips.

Via Epicurious, try a salted roast turkey with orange, fall spices and sherry gravy.

Want to wrap the turkey in bacon? Go for it! No traditions are at stake, and it’s super low-maintenance; as the Food52 cooks point out, “the bacon does the basting for you.”

Turkey and Ham - photo by James Ransom for Food52

photo by James Ransom for Food52

Ham

Ham fits beautifully on any holiday buffet table, served with hard rolls, slices of cheese, a plate of lettuce, tomato and onions, and condiments (good spicy mustard is a must).

Get some ideas for which cheeses are best to serve with ham on the Food52 forum (ideas include havarti, gouda, fontina and cheddar).

Better Homes & Gardens recommends this Baked Fresh Ham with a Cherry Glaze for its New Year’s buffet, made with cinnamon, cardamom and dried tart cherries or cranberries.

Turkey and Ham - via Flickr

Ham buffet from Flickr.com

Try a roasted fresh ham with citrus and rye, spiked with star anise, bourbon and red pepper flakes, or a tropical glazed ham with curried pineapple chutney, both from Bon Appetit magazine. Cooks rave that the latter is “bursting with tropical flavor” and smells wonderful while cooking.

For more creative ideas for your holiday meals, download our FREE Guides (click thes link below).

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About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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FREE Holiday Turkey and Ham Cookbooks

CookbooksWhether you’re an old hand at cooking holiday turkeys and hams, or a newbie in the main dish department, or even if you want to try preparing Chef David Burke’s dishwasher turkey, you’ll find great cooking tips and techniques in our FREE holiday turkey and ham cookbooks. As Julia Child said, “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook – try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun.” You can find out how in our cookbooks, available to download here on the blog and also on our Information for Recipients page.

Have you ever had a cooking disaster with turkey or ham, or been a guest for holiday dinner where the main dish didn’t turn out? Turkey too dry, or not quite done in the middle? What about your favorite memories of holiday meals? Did Grandma have a way with ham or add any special touches like orange zest in the turkey stuffing or pineapple rings with maraschino cherries in the middle on the ham? What about glazes? What’s your favorite ingredient for ham glaze? Brown sugar, mustard, honey, molasses, pineapple? Ever try something more exotic like mango? Rachel Ray has a slew of ham glazes, including orange-rosemary, maple-cherry, apricot, and spicy rum and orange. Get some super tips about glazes in our ham cookbook, and find out how to make sure your turkey is moist not dry in our turkey cookbook.

We hope our cookbooks help you prepare the tastiest holiday meals this year. Have the happiest of holidays and may your days be merry and bright!

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About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick KileyChief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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Free Holiday Ham Cookbook by gThankYou!

Free Holiday Ham Cookbook

FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook
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gThankYou! is happy to present our new free “Holiday Ham Guide,” just in time for your holiday menu planning! It is an informative read when you want ideas to plan the perfect ham.

Our “Holiday Ham Guide” explains in easy detail how to select, cook, and serve the tastiest ham dinner for your holiday meal. Whatever your favorite type of ham, baked, grilled, fried, or boiled, use our guide for everything you need to know about ham, from glazing to cooking to carving to leftovers, and even what to do with a ham bone.

Whether you’ve been cooking ham for years or have never prepared a ham dinner before, our handy guide provides useful instruction and ideas to help you prepare and serve the best holiday meal ever!

Take a look at what you’ll find in our free “Holiday Ham Guide,” your how-to manual for the most appealing and delicious holiday dinner:

Getting Started

Everything you need to know if you’ve never cooked a ham before is in the first section of our guide. We explain what ham is, what types of ham there are and how they’re prepared for market, and how to choose a ham. Do you know how to thaw a frozen ham before cooking it? We explain that too.

Cooking the Ham

Read about different cooking methods for your holiday ham, including baking, boiling, grilling, smoking, and deep-frying, and how to properly perform each method.

Learn about different glazes and how to prepare them for the tastiest, most flavorful holiday ham ever.

We also give you tips for cooking that make preparing your ham easier and neater, such as protecting the grill from glaze drippings for quicker clean up, and not over filling the fryer with oil if frying.

Holiday Ham Guide - From Fine Cooking

From Fine Cooking

The Fine Points

Here we go over the fine points of cooking ham to help you with all the details. We tell you about carving your ham when it comes out of the oven, what tools to use to best prepare a ham dinner, and how to use leftovers (they make delightful appetizers, casseroles, and pot pies!), including how to use the ham bone.

Additional Resources

Our “Holiday Ham Guide” provides additional resources such as information about the best side dishes and appetizers to prepare and serve with your ham, sources for ham recipes, and popular recipe sites. We’ve prepared so many ideas and so much inspiration here, you’ll have no problem planning a mouth-watering menu for your best holiday meal ever.

Check out our FREE “Holiday Ham Guide” and start planning your special ham dinner today. You and your guests will be delighted!

Holiday Ham Guide

About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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How to use Thanksgiving leftovers for fantastic brunches, lunches and more

The goal with Thanksgiving, America’s favorite feast day, is always MORE: more turkey, more stuffing, more cranberry sauce. And lots more Thanksgiving leftovers, so we spend one busy morning cooking up a storm and enjoy the fruits of our labors for days afterwards.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers

“The only thing better than Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving dinner covered in cheese.” — Laura on ringfingertanline.com

Thanksgiving leftovers can become a quick lunch or snack in very simple ways — the classic, of course, is leftover turkey (preferably dark meat) on a hard roll with mayonnaise and dill pickles. Put some cranberry sauce on there if you have some leftover. Some folks add aged cheddar, avocado, lettuce, chipotle mayo, red onion or fresh tomatoes. Do what you want; it’s all good.

There are dozens of options for Thanksgiving leftovers, but the key points are twofold: not only must the dish make use of your already-prepared bounty, they must not take so much time and effort in and of themselves, they feel like making Thanksgiving all over again.

Robin Miller’s turkey shepherd’s pie uses both leftover turkey and mashed potatoes for the topping.

At the blog of the Noble Pig, leftover turkey/cranberry monte cristo sandwiches get a boost from a delicious egg batter.

“This sandwich is a great way to use up leftovers, especially if you have to feed a house full of holiday visitors,” wrote Cathy, earlier this month. “I think re-purposing (Thanksgiving) leftovers into a completely different meal is always a great way to use them up. No one wants to keep eating the same thing over and over again.”

Thanksgiving Leftovers

From the Noble Pig

Turn stuffing into mini savory muffins with an egg or two and a bit of cream or broth. Take roasted root vegetables and use them to top a pizza — butternut squash is a great match for feta cheese; sweet potatoes are beautiful with bacon.

Thanksgiving Leftovers

The Nourishing Gourmet likes to use leftovers for turkey and rice soup, yam and turkey hash and turkey enchiladas, among other things.

Thanksgiving Leftovers
LIBBY

Make pumpkin pie muffins with leftover pie filling; try this recipe from canned pumpkin maker LIBBY. Turn leftover green beans into a simple salad with blue cheese and walnuts and sherry vinaigrette, or add them toward the end of Giada de Laurentiis’ recipe for Sauteed Green Beans with Tomatoes and Basil served with Parmesan Crisps.

National Public Radio encourages us all to “think outside the sandwich” when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers. The Kitchen Window blog offers recipes for a Cranberry-Honey Smoothie; Migas (a southern scrambled egg dish); Mashed Potato Cakes; Turkey, Quinoa And Persimmon Salad With Warm Cranberry-Maple Dressing; and Cheesy Turkey And Kale Quesadillas.

According to NPR’s Susan Russo, “For many Americans, the best part of Thanksgiving dinner happens on the Friday after the holiday, when the leftovers begin.”

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers boxes from Makr Space

Find great ideas for using Thanksgiving leftovers when you download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

Thanksgiving Leftovers - Ultimate Turkey Guide

 About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
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Thanksgiving Side Dishes Even Your Mother-In-Law Will Love

It’s Thanksgiving! Time for putting the final touches on your Thanksgiving dinner menu.  For some people that means bringing out the tried and true Thanksgiving side dishes, the age-old recipes that have become standards for your family, whether they taste particularly good or not. (Chances are you’ve had your fill of canned vegetables and Jell-O salad over the years.)

Are you in the mood to mix up the menu a bit? Try these easy and fabulous side dishes, reminiscent of the classics, but with a decidedly modern twist.  We’re confident everyone will appreciate them.

Instead of Aunt May’s green bean casserole, try EatingWell’s recipe for fresh green beans with caramelized onions.

For an easy update to a traditional fruit salad, try roasted pears with blue cheese by The Barefoot Contessa on FoodNetwork.com.

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Instead of creamed spinach, try a fresh spinach salad – here’s one from Ocean Spray which we love.

Instead of yams with marshmallows, try Epicurious’s delectable thyme roasted sweet potatoes.

Pumpkin Cheesecake by Saveur

Photo: Todd Coleman

Instead of pumpkin pie, try Saveur’s Pumpkin Cheescake – with a Gingersnap and Hazelnut Crust.

Add some new flavors to your Thanksgiving table – your guests will thank you!

For more on great side dishes, Thanksgiving turkey and tips on how to make this year’s holiday one to remember, download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

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About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

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It’s all Gravy: Quick tips on saucing your Thanksgiving turkey

It's all Gravy: It's All Gravy Boat by SimplyPrettyPrints on Etsy

It’s All Gravy Boat by SimplyPrettyPrints on Etsy

There’s a reason we use the word “gravy” as slang for “something good.” Gravy is such a delicious, beloved part of the Thanksgiving meal, it gets its own special vessel. There are entire Pinterest boards dedicated to the meaty, creamy stuff, from old-fashioned pan gravy and bourbon gravy to gravy made with chipotle peppers, mushrooms, bacon and even chocolate.

Yet the process of making gravy can be intimidating to home cooks attempting their first Thanksgiving meal. If you’re cooking for a big Thanksgiving group (when time is even more of the essence) or helping to prepare Thanksgiving dinner in someone else’s home, getting the gravy right is key.

Let’s demystify it a little bit.

The basics

There are a few things you need to make gravy. First, don’t wash out that roasting pan after the turkey is finished cooking. Those delicious, flavorful drippings on the bottom are the first ingredient.

It's all Gravy: Simple Pan Gravy from Chow.com

Simple Pan Gravy from Chow.com

(Didn’t roast your turkey in the oven but still want gravy? Check out this recipe for simple gravy from Chow.com, made with shallots, Marsala wine and chicken broth).

If it’s big enough, place your roasting pan over two burners, set on medium heat. Pour a few cups of liquid — usually a combination of broth, wine and/or cider — and scrape up the flavorful browned bits from the bottom of the pan. This is called deglazing, and you can do it with any liquid.

After the liquid reduces, pour it into a gravy separator, sometimes called It's all Gravy:  OXO fat separator a fat separator (at left, Oxo makes them in several sizes, available at Macy’s and other stores).

A fat separator is really the easiest thing for this step, but if you don’t have one, one option is to wait for the fat to separate as it cools, sped up if necessary by putting it in the fridge.

Skim the fat off the top and return it to the hot pan. Sprinkle on some flour and whisk  constantly (this keeps it from getting lumpy) until it starts to thicken and darken slightly.

Pour in the reserved turkey juices from earlier and whisk those in, too. Bring it to a boil. The mixture will thicken and get smooth, coating the back of a spoon.

It's all Gravy: Pan Gravy from MarthaStewart.com

Pan Gravy from MarthaStewart.com

Finish up with chopped fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Even if it’s looser, or more liquidy, than you’re used to, don’t worry; the gravy will get thicker in the gravy boat.

For easy and delicious gravy to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey, try these recipes:

To add flavor to the drippings, take a tip from Food Network chef Anne Burrell, who makes a brined, herb-crusted Thanksgiving turkey with apple cider gravyShe builds the ingredients for her gravy into the roasting. The final product includes flavors of onion, carrots, celery, garlic and Granny Smith apple, with bay leaf, thyme and cinnamon. 

For more on gravy, Thanksgiving turkey and tips on how to make this year’s holiday one to remember, download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

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5 Last Minute Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

For all its associations with feasting and family togetherness and football, Thanksgiving can be a day of stress and frustration — especially for the hosts.

We’ve already given you some pro tips about your turkey (packaged conveniently in the Ultimate Thanksgiving Turkey Guide, a free download). Today, let’s talk about how to let some of the steam out of the big day, to make this a stress-free Thanksgiving, something special for everyone.

1. Make a Plan

Stress-Free Thanksgiving - Thanksgiving by Sam SiftonSam Sifton, former New York Times restaurant critic and the author of “Thanksgiving” (Random House, 2012), spent several years as a “one man Thanksgiving helpline,” fielding panicked emails from all over the world.

“One of the most common questions I received in my role as the Thanksgiving help-desk correspondent … is what to do with a frozen turkey,” Sifton wrote in Chapter Two, “The Turkey.” “The answer on a Thanksgiving morning is generally: not much.

“You can’t hurry science. So plan ahead.”

Thanksgiving is a holiday with a lot of moving parts, from cousin Laura’s newly minted vegetarianism and Aunt Kate’s gluten sensitivity, to how many pans you’ll need to get turkey, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and cranberries all on the table at the same time.

Don’t panic. Plan. Lots of websites have checklists; we like this simple, straightforward one from Martha Stewart Living.

2. Get a Head Start

For those of us with busy jobs and full lives, taking the day before Thanksgiving to peel potatoes and chop onions is not an option. Still, there are plenty of things you can crank out in the days ahead.

Start with Better Homes & Garden’s list of “make-ahead holiday side dishes,” like green beans with almonds, glazed carrots with pistachios, mashed potatoes with thyme and blue cheese and pine nut puffs.

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Blue cheese pine nut puffs from Better Homes & Gardens

Pie can, and should, be made (or purchased) ahead. Stuffing (or dressing) is easy to make ahead and reheat in the oven as the Thanksgiving turkey is finishing up.

3. Clean as You Go

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It seems like a small thing, but keeping your work station clean is important for your mental and physical health. Wipe down cutting boards, soak prep utensils and stack hand wash dishes in the dishwasher to get them out of sight and free up counter space.

This site recommends picking up some disinfectant wipes, keeping the trash can close by, avoiding the garbage disposal and having a special bowl dedicated to kitchen scraps that can go straight to the compost.

Then once the meal starts, sit down. Really. You’ve worked for this stress-free Thanksgiving, now enjoy it; plus, it makes guests feel unsettled when the hosts are jumping up and down throughout the meal.

4. Give Guests a Job

As guests arrive on Thanksgiving Day, instead of banishing them to kill time in front of a football game, give them a simple job to do. A good rule of thumb is to ask no more than you’d ask of a middle schooler: set the table, peel the carrots, fill the ice bucket, assemble a cheese plate or crudite platter.

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Enlist early-arriving guests to put out simple appetizers, like these rosemary cashew nuts from The Food Network.

On The Kitchn, readers chimed in with ideas about how to entertain early-arriving guests.

“How you deal with early arriving guests often depends on the particular guest,” the site advises. “Play to their strengths — Are they social? Good in the kitchen? Adept at mixing cocktails? Set them up with a task that fits their personality and helps them feel welcome.”

Suggestions include make them the greeter, let them hang out (if you are comfortable cooking and chatting at the same time), or have them choose the music.

5. Roll with the Punches

It’s Thanksgiving, not a space shuttle launch. If Uncle Dave shows up late (again!) and the kids refuse to eat anything green (or any food touching something green, or anything without marshmallows, and can’t I just have pie?), worry not. It’s one day, one meal out of one day.  Thanksgiving is about being with family and friends and being grateful for what you have.  So, maybe you’ll burn the sweet potatoes and nobody will touch the cranberries. Oh well! Grab a glass of bubbly and enjoy your guests.

There’s always next year.

To get a head start on a great Thanksgiving game plan, don’t forget to download our FREE Ultimate Turkey Guide (click the link below).

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 About gThankYou, LLC

Turkey Gift Certificates and Turkey Or Ham Gift Certificates by gThankYou! are two of America’s favorite employee gifts and can be redeemed for any Brand (Turkey or Turkey Or Ham), at virtually any Grocery Store in the U.S.

gThankYou, LLC provides company leaders with a variety of easy, meaningful and affordable ways to recognize and reward employees, holiday time or anytime.  gThankYou! Certificates of Gratitude and our free Enclosure Cards are personalizable including incorporating your company logo. And, nearly all orders ship same day.

gThankYou, LLC (www.gthankyou.com) is based in Madison, Wisconsin.  Contact:  Rick Kiley, Chief ThankYou! Officer, gThankYou, LLC at info@gthankyou.com or 888-484-1658.
Follow the Company Blog –  “Celebrating Work”.
Join the Conversation @gThankYou
Watch our gThankYou! YouTube Video – “Learn More About Us”.

“G” logo and “Certificates of Gratitude” are trademarks and “gThankYou” is a registered trademark of gThankYou, LLC.