Photo via Balducci's

Photo via Balducci’s

Thanksgiving is about a week away, and if you’re the home that’s hosting the big feast, then you have a lot of cooking headed your way. In a small NYC kitchen Turkey time can be tough, but Balducci’s has you covered so you too can entertain like a professional. Combat the crazy kitchen this year with some great tips to have a quick and easier Turkey Day… ooh and there are some fun wine pairings too!

Balducci’s Gourmet Food Lovers Market gives us some tips on how to have a quick and easier Thanksgiving:

· Prep and measure all your vegetables a day ahead. Finish chopping the night before so all you have to do is add the vegetables to the dish the day of.

· Pair wine in a flash. Pinot Noir is a versatile wine that pairs well with almost everything.  We like Balducci’s Own Pinot Noir – vibrant flavors of wild berry, cherry & raspberry with undertones of mocha & vanilla.  Rich & seductive.

·Don’t cook a turkey. Pre-cooked turkeys are just as delicious and only need to be placed in the oven to re-heat before serving.  Balducci’s Catering Service will take care of it for you with our Pre-Cooked Turkeys. 

·Make an appetizer in 15 minutes. Our Toasted Almond Cheesy Stuffed Mushrooms bake in 12 minutes, so you’ll have time for a glass of wine.

For those of you wine lovers who want to enjoy some Rosé still or sparkling on this food filled holiday…Yes Way Rose: two New York best friends Erica Blumenthal and Nikki Huganir share some great tips on pairing your Rosé for Thanksgiving. 

image001-121. Dry rosé champagne is especially good for Thanksgiving dinner because it pairs well with a wide variety of foods. We recommend serving Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte’s Brut Rosé with the classics. The dark fruit flavors like raspberries and blackberries make it the perfect match for turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, butternut squash soup, roasted brussels sprouts, or any of your mother’s signature side dishes.

2. Use the beautiful color of Rosé as inspiration for table décor. Pale pink roses and dahlias both make gorgeous accents to autumnal flower arrangements.