5 hacks to make Thanksgiving cooking less stressful

Let's face it: hosting Thanksgiving can be just a bit stressful. So use these clever tips and recipes from top chefs; they'll help you have a smooth, fabulous turkey day!

1. A sweet hack for sweet potatoes

Chef: Geoffrey Zakarian

Hack: Use a small amount of canned cranberry sauce in sweet potato dishes to give them a hidden sweetness.

Cranberry and Sweet Potato Pie
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2. Tender turkey made easy

Chef: Andrew Carmellini

Hack: Make a dry-rub brine for your turkey, as opposed to a wet brine. It’s super simple and mess free!

Dry Rub for Turkey
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3. A dough do

Chef: Ed Brown

Hack: If you don’t have a rolling pin, roll out pie dough or biscuit dough with a wine bottle.

4. Peel squash with ease

Chef: Missy Robbins

Hack: Peeling squash can be a daunting task. To make it easier, cook the squash first and then scoop the flesh away from the skin.

5. Drink your leftovers!

Chef: Ryan Scott

Hack: Transform leftover cranberries into a killer holiday sangria.

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