Top 5 Ingredients to Have on Hand for Thanksgiving

Top 5 Ingredients to Have on Hand for Thanksgiving

Collect this short list of must-haves in advance of Thanksgiving like a runner prepares herself for the big race. They’re the braces, band-aids, and water bottles that will get you to the finish line that is the dining room table. Because, after all, the big turkey holiday is a marathon, not a sprint.

Thanksgiving Ingredient List: Damage Control

holiday ingredient staples


  1. Chicken Broth. Chicken Broth is a pantry staple all year round, and it will save you on Thanksgiving. Chicken broth will make a delicious gravy and a moist stuffing. And, if you over-cook your turkey, a quick soak it in a warm chicken-broth bath just before service will refresh its juiciness.
  2. Fresh Sage. It’s the scent I most closely associate with Thanksgiving, the one that takes me right to my Aunt Patty’s holiday table. Throw it into the roasting pan with the turkey, layer it as an aromatic into any soup, or whip it into softened butter for an extra special biscuit spread.
  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice. Traditionally this is paired with sweet ingredients, but it easily translates in savory applications. A combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger, pumpkin pie spice is the perfect addition to roasted sweet potatoes and slow-cooked greens. It plays well with heat too; add a dash of cayenne for extra kick.
  4. Butter. Butter is the duct tape of the kitchen. There’s nothing that can’t be made better with butter. Rub it underneath the turkey’s skin to keep it moist, stir a couple pats into mashed potatoes to keep them luscious, and use it to saute greens to keep it quick.
  5. Refrigerated Biscuits. This one might surprise you, but a tube of refrigerated biscuits comes in awfully handy throughout the holiday weekend. Include them in your Thanksgiving spread — they are effortless to prepare, and they are an all-around crowd-pleaser. Then, offer them up again, with apple butter or jam, for a hot breakfast on Black Friday, and again for leftover lunches over the next few days. There’s nothing better than a turkey-stuffing-cranberry sauce sandwich stacked on a flaky biscuit.

–deep thoughts by Caitlin, edits by Kelly, pics by Molly

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