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7 Fixes for holiday food disasters

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Food fixes for the holidays

Even after you've painstakingly planned your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you're in the final throes of getting it to the table only to realize your turkey is dry, the rolls are hard as rocks, you've overcooked your vegetables, or you are short on the after dinner dessert and drink. As much as you'd like to sneak out the backdoor and run quickly from your impending kitchen doom, you've got guests to feed, and the truth is you really can recover from the seemingly worst of culinary conundrums. We've got seven fast food fixes for your holiday meal to rescue the errant entrée, substandard side dish, or disastrous dessert. (Tape this article to the inside of a kitchen cabinet!)

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Holiday food disaster #3: Paltry potatoes

The substantial amount of potatoes you bought suddenly seem a measly bunch and certainly won't amount to enough mashed potatoes for the crowd you have in wait for the holiday feast.

Food fix #3: Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Thinly slice potatoes and layer them in a baking dish with generous amounts of cheese and thinly sliced onions, ending with a layer of cheese on top. Pour over a little milk or cream, cover and bake at 350 degrees F. for 35 to 40 minutes. Uncover and cook another 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and lightly browned. If you happen to have extra sweet potatoes on hand, thinly slice them and layer with the baking potatoes for a multicolored scalloped potato dish.

Really low on potatoes? Try this Cauliflower Gratin.

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