Linton Hopkins: Thanksgiving Fixin'sLinton Hopkins: Thanksgiving Fixin's
Hi, I'm Lin Hopkins, Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta. I'm here today to share with you some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. [MUSIC] Thanksgiving can be a tough time. We have so many things that we have to get going out of the oven at once. So we have to stagger the way we cook things. First is the turkey. It takes about two to three hours. We have a Jenn-Air double wall oven. It has a number of features that are very interesting to me for being able to cook. First we have the convection. We have the probe to get the right time and temperature. We also have a turkey setting in the controls. So we can cook a perfect turkey every time. Then we're gonna have our lower oven, where we're gonna be able to finish the rest of the meal during the time the turkey cooks. All right, well now I'm gonna finish up our pecan pie because I like to get this baked right after the turkey so it has a chance to come out of the oven and rest and cool before you slice. So first, we have here is the syrup with the eggs and we're gonna stir those here, get that nice and pourable. Just pour that into our shell. [MUSIC] Then we have our pecans here. We have a mixture of chopped and whole and we're gonna lay this in and these are just gonna sink down and bake into this sugar custard. [MUSIC] So we're gonna pat down some of these pecans, just so they don't scorch. And we've got the lower part of our Jennaire double-wall oven. We're gonna get that right in there. [MUSIC] So I've put that on the middle level, and that's given me two other racks to finish the rest of the Thanksgiving feast. So we have our turkey in the upper oven, we have our pie in the lower oven, and now we're gong to continue on with a few more side dishes. One of the easiest ways to improve your Thanksgiving meal is by simple little side dishes. I think cranberry chutney is a great way to start, and I'm surprised that more people don't make it at home. Here we're gonna do a couple of things that are a little different about this. We have fresh cranberries and dried cranberries. Dried are gonna add a little complexity, a little more sweetness to that. So you're gonna find we add less sugar. First, we get our fresh cranberries in the bowl. Then we go in with our dry. We throw in our chopped ginger. So we're going to add about a half of cup of the white sugar. Half a cup of the brown sugar. We're going to stir that in. It's good to have the two types of sugar you start adding complexity in your sweatners that can be honey, that can be sorghum. It's important to sort of diversify your sweetness and sour profile. Have some beautiful apple cider vinegar. This is gonna add a nice sharpness. And we're gonna pour in some orange juice. Not too much, you sort of evaluate how much liquid you have in there. We're gonna stir this a little to incorporate all these items. And then we're gonna turn it up to high. We're going to bring it to a boil, let it reduce down to a simmer. Turn it down towards low and let that cook about 15 minutes until it's nice and glazed. This is something you can also have done days ahead of Thanksgiving so you can have this away put in your refrigerator. What's great about the Gen Air Culinary Center is it's already indicated the turkey is ready. And we also know that the pie is ready. So we open this up, we just attach the probe right there. These drawers are also handy because it holds it. Just look at this. Golden brown, crispy skin, perfect. The pie is also ready in a lower oven. Take a look down here. [SOUND] Little [UNKNOWN] golden brown, perfect. So what you have is a perfect southern thanksgiving feast. So invite your family and friends over and enjoy. [MUSIC] Remember with a few special touches, and the right Jenn-Air appliances, you can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.