The hardest part of any meal is having everything ready at the same time.
Creating a cooking schedule is what will ensure this will happen.
I’ve provided recipes, but you could also swap out with you own.
This post has ALL the recipes needed in PDF format: Thanksgiving Recipes
1) Buy your turkey
Store fresh, and thaw frozen turkey in refrigerator.
2) Make Desserts
Easy Cream Cheesecake, Bittersweet Chocolate Torte or Pies.
Make dessert of your choice and freeze. Remove from freezer on Wednesday and store in refrigerator. (I freeze my pies uncooked, then cook Thanksgiving Day.
3) Make Cranberry Sauce and store in refrigerator
1) Clean out your refrigerator to make room as much room as possible.
2) If making you own bread stuffing (cube and bake till golden, freeze and take out today before)
1) Shop for all ingredients on your prep list
2) Have all the platters, serving bows and utensils out that you will need.
1) Check to make sure your turkey is thawed if using frozen
2) Prepare your dressing and store in bowl in refrigerator
2) Remove giblets (before brining, heart, gizzards, neck and wing tips) from turkey and make turkey stock in slow cooker for gravy and stuffing (recipes).
3) Brine turkey using Dry method (easiest) or wet) (see recipes post)
4) Setup dining table if possible
5) Clean you home or pay someone to do it…you deserve it!
1) 5 1/2 hours (12-16 lb turkey) 8 hours (for a 18-25 lb turkey) before your planned serving time take out your turkey and rub it with your seasonings paste.
2) 5-6 hours before you plan to start serving: stuff turkey loosely and put in oven to roast.
****this is really dependent on size of your turkey, base your time on 15-20 minutes per pound of the size of your turkey PLUS 45minutes resting time. How to check if turkey is done.
3) Determine time you turkey takes to cook and 30 minutes before done place in potatoes is using a potato gratin.
4) When turkey comes out of oven to rest cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest for 45 minutes. Increase oven temperature to the item you are using.
5) Make Giblet Gravy or Cognac Cream gravy of your own choice (recipes)
6) Reheat if making Classic Mashed Potatoes (recipes)
7) While someone else carves turkey reheat any other food that need reheating.
7) Adjust temperature and bake your pies while enjoying your dinner (make sure you set timer so you don’t forget about it).
Appetizers and wine
1) If you are serving appetizers (Pumpkin Bruschetta) set them out 1/2 to 1 hours before guest arrive.
Set out wine with opener/glasses
Lastly – Take a deep breath, relax and enjoy!
If you have any questions, let me know.