People love to stress about Thanksgiving. It’s a fact. Every year I hear questions like “How am I going to make the perfect turkey this year? What is the best stuffing recipe? Which recipe makes the ultimate mashed potatoes?” Don’t get me wrong, I love debating these things. After all, Thanksgiving is the quintessential American food celebration. But that doesn’t mean we have to get into tizzy about it. I don’t know about you, but to me the holidays are a time to relax, to reflect and express gratitude, to enjoy our families and friends, to kick back and enjoy the good life.
You may be saying “Sure, easy for a chef to say he’s going to relax during Thanksgiving, but what about me?!” Well, you can, too, because now you a secret weapon in your kitchen! Let’s explore how Brava can reduce your stress and increase quality time with your family during Thanksgiving.
First things first: breakfast. Typically an afterthought during Thanksgiving, this is arguably the most important meal of the day. How else are you going to have the sustained energy and creative drive to complete this cooking marathon? What else are you going to use to soak up all that booze while you cook? Pull out the egg tray and knock out breakfast in under 10 minutes. 4 individual frittatas or scrambled egg bites? Check. Crispy bacon? Check. French toast? Check.
Now for the big event. But how am I going to fit my whole turkey in Brava? Well people, you’re not. That’s what your regular oven, deep fryer, smoker or sous vide are for. Which brings me to my point. Brava gives you freedom and flexibility to use your regular oven for the bigger things without worrying about who gets to use it next. The Brava Chef Pan is perfect for Parker House rolls, stuffing, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. I might even make a roasted cranberry sauce in mine this year. Try out a full tray of roasted potatoes in 17 minutes. And don’t forget about Brava’s keep warm function in case that turkey takes longer than you thought.
Finally, let’s not forget about leftovers. I’m planning to make crispy stuffing. I’ll mix leftover stuffing with a few beaten eggs, press into the egg tray and experiment with one of the egg recipes until I achieve the crispy crust I’m looking for. Turkey and Brussels sprouts hash with fried eggs will likely be on the Friday menu, as well. Friday night might include a 5 minute, no-flip turkey and cranberry grilled cheese while we watch movies. Oh, and reheating apple pie has never been easier, faster or tastier. Just make sure you have plenty of vanilla bean ice cream in your freezer.
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy, stress-free (and delicious!) Thanksgiving this year.
Chef Travis Rea
Head of Culinary, Brava