Photos: Rethinking Thanksgiving Classics

  • Chef Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen shows NPR's Renee Montagne some new twists on Thanksgiving classics.
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    Chef Chris Kimball of America's Test Kitchen shows NPR's Renee Montagne some new twists on Thanksgiving classics.
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  • A whole bird makes for a beautiful table display but is difficult to cook evenly. To have the dark meat cooked and the skin crispy without overcooking the white meat, break up the bird and cook it in pieces.
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    A whole bird makes for a beautiful table display but is difficult to cook evenly. To have the dark meat cooked and the skin crispy without overcooking the white meat, break up the bird and cook it in pieces.
    Chris Hartlove for NPR
  • Kimball suggests slow-roasting turkey pieces over a baking sheet of onion, celery, carrot, thyme, garlic and broth.
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    Kimball suggests slow-roasting turkey pieces over a baking sheet of onion, celery, carrot, thyme, garlic and broth.
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  • Without a whole turkey in which to put stuffing, Kimball also explained how to get that in-the-bird flavor for pan-baked stuffing.
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    Without a whole turkey in which to put stuffing, Kimball also explained how to get that in-the-bird flavor for pan-baked stuffing.
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  • Simmer turkey wings in a skillet before placing on top of the stuffing, and bake for over an hour.
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    Simmer turkey wings in a skillet before placing on top of the stuffing, and bake for over an hour.
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  • A simple twist on a classic American dessert — apple pie — feeds almost twice as many people.
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    A simple twist on a classic American dessert — apple pie — feeds almost twice as many people.
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  • Rather than a pie pan, use a large, flat baking sheet to make an apple slab pie. It feeds more and can be cut easily.
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    Rather than a pie pan, use a large, flat baking sheet to make an apple slab pie. It feeds more and can be cut easily.
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  • Unlike a traditional apple pie, this slab pie also calls for a lemon-butter glaze.
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    Unlike a traditional apple pie, this slab pie also calls for a lemon-butter glaze.
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  • The secret to perfect potatoes, Kimball says, is to whip them — not mash them.
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    The secret to perfect potatoes, Kimball says, is to whip them — not mash them.
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