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My oven is broken the night before Thanksgiving!

My oven died about an hour ago. I am responsible for the sweet potato casserole (which I'm pretty sure I can put together here and bake at my daughter in law's house tomorrow), a pecan pie (fingers crossed...toaster oven? Has anyone ever done this?), and Brussels sprouts, which I was going to roast, but.... Am now thinking of braising in a Dutch oven...has anyone done this? Any suggestions for keeping them from turning to mush? Thanks everyone.

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asked about 4 years ago
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Kristen Miglore

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added about 4 years ago

Can you do the brussels sprouts in batches in a couple skillets? Then I'd let them cool enough so that they won't steam and get mushy before loading them into a vessel for transport. They'll be good at room temp or gently re-warmed. As for the pecan pie, can you: a) bake it at a neighbor's b) bake it at your daughter in law's c) come up with a contingency pudding or ice cream with caramel pecan sauce that you can make stove-top?

We feel your pain! But you can make it work, and everyone will completely understand if the pie isn't exactly pie.

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

Thanks, Kristen, these are great suggestions. Happy Thanksgiving! XO

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added about 4 years ago

Never a dull moment! For the pie, I would definitely try the toaster oven, if it fits.
How about Brussels Sprouts on the grill? http://food52.com/recipes...
Or caramelized on the stovetop in butter and bacon fat? http://www.saveur.com/article...
Good luck drbabs, and happy Thankgiving to you and yours.

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

Thanks, mrslarkin. Grill could work if it's not too cold. But no butter and bacon fat...some family members still pretend to keep kosher around here! My brother in law is here, and he's a great baker. We've decided to try the toaster oven for the pie. I'll report back later. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours also!

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

Hi everyone. Thank you again. I pan roasted the brussels sprouts in small batches as Kristen recommended. They heated up beautifully while the turkey rested. And here's the pie that was baked in the toaster oven:

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So happy! See, we knew you'd do it! Bet it was the best ever, and next year everyone asks if you can do those "small batch" brussel sprouts again!

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

:)thanks again,

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hardlikearmour

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added about 4 years ago

Whoa! Congrats on pulling it off - though I have complete faith in your ability to improvise! Happy Turkey Feast Recovery Day!!

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

Thanks, hla! Happy recovery day to you as well!

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Reiney

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added about 4 years ago

Wow, well done! A couple years ago my parents' induction stovetop broke 2 days before Christmas (and couldn't be fixed until well after)... so I feel your pain. But nothing like improvising to bring out the true chef! ;)

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

Ugh, that sounds awful. But yes, the improvising turned out to be a lot of fun.

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added about 4 years ago

Reminds me of the time the refrigerator failed on the day before a big Christmas dinner. Fortunately, it being Maine, it was cold and everything could be hauled into the wood shed, which functioned as a giant walk-in (albeit a bit of a walk) refrigerator.

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

You could call that exercise, which would give you an excuse to eat more.

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added about 4 years ago

Hi drbabs, missed this while dealing with a clogged sink. These things always happen on holidays, don't they? You managed beautifully and the pie is glorious! For reference when dealing with future disasters or non disasters, I routinely bake pies in our toaster oven with excellent results. Best to you, xx

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

Oh, calendar girl, a clogged sink sounds almost as bad. Thanks and next to you also. XO

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Pegeen

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added about 4 years ago

Drbabs, so glad it worked out. Wondering if you were happy with the pie? I've had to do a few pies in toaster oven - had to rework the pie into two smaller dishes, but result was fine. Our Thanksgiving malady stories are about the sink disposal and the dishwasher. You could easily live without either, but there were so many people around who were disappointed with the football that day, they could not keep their hands off "fixing" things - which caused more trouble than the malfunctioning equipment. :-)

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

Hi, pegeen, yes, I was happy with the pie. I have a rather deep toaster oven, so an 8inch pie dish fit fine. It took an extra 10 minutes or so, but it was good! Hope you've gotten your disposal and dishwasher fixed.

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Sorry I didn't think to mention this earlier -- a while ago I found my oven not working just as I went to heat it for a yeast bread. I asked Hotline, then called the serviceman. He suggested turning off the circuit breaker for 30 seconds, then on again. It worked, and has several times since. ...a check-this-first for an electric oven. (We're fortunate that we've missed kitchen disasters for big event meals!)

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drbabs

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added about 4 years ago

Hi susan. Yes, I actually got out the manual, and that's what it said to do. Unfortunately, that didn't work.