There is only one way to make Thanksgiving more stressful and seamless: to prepare in detail, to go down to the minute. While I often enjoy entertaining, Thanksgiving is one day when exercise is often a bad experience. Even for regular entertainers, this is a food that has a lot at once, especially if you have a large group or have several dietary restrictions. My answer: A timely Thanksgiving checklist that counts all that needs to be done to get the party out of the way without the hassle. Then, I put the list in a safe place and followed it up to the letter. Here’s what I’m looking for this year:
Three weeks before Thanksgiving
Fix the menu. It all starts with a smart list that isn’t too cravings that makes you a crazy person – setting up a menu by the way. key by delivering a carefree vibe that we all want to hear on Thanksgiving. Planning ahead also gives you the opportunity to think about how your different menu tastes and looks together, which goes a long way in enjoying all the food. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Variety: Thanksgiving is known to be monochromatic – mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, and turkey can turn an entire dish into an unpleasant shade of cream. As a result, I always throw in a beautiful popcorn salad with fallen leaves, and this year I’m garnishing my corn “with a pinch” with expensive toppings. Similarly, try repeating the same ingredients in several foods (for example if your program is with pork-covered figs, eat pork in Brussels.)
- Dietary restrictions: If your family and group of friends are like mine, there will definitely be no gluten, no milk, and vegetarians around the table. Thanksgiving can be a bit overwhelming, as it often depends on high-quality recipes that are naturally not very tasty. My suggestion is: make enough old-fashioned writing for fun lovers, but make sure there is a large, veggie, and starch that works for everyone around the table.
- Think about your time: I had one of those celebratory moments with 30 minutes left before the meal, and all of a sudden everything need to be in the oven to finish cooking right away? I have too. I’ve learned to be very smart early in my preparation to make sure prep can be run. For example, this year’s corn cobs are usually made on a stovetop, and they can be kept cold for a while before being dug.
Here are some tips to help you create a Thanksgiving menu… and if you can really you want to make things easier: just prepare a real list in our Thanksgiving e-book!
Two weeks before Thanksgiving
Prepare your turkey. Be prepared to buy one pound per person (or you can weigh up to 1 1/2 pounds per person if you want leftovers.) Our Turkish-based expert, Chef Michael Fjotasek, shared here why new arthritis builds up all the time. And if you are looking for tips on how to make a final Turkey Thanksgiving Turkey, here we are.
Make a shopping list. Or, just check out our shopping list and anything you would like to make our entire 2021 Thanksgiving menu right now. In any case, the list of solid ingredients is the most important part of the process, and be sure to look for ingredients that you might think you have enough of: Thanks one, I ran out of salt randomly inside the cooking!
Bbuy your regular food. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until Thanksgiving Day to buy cranberries, canned pumpkins, or any other essential items on the shelf that could make or break food. Instead, I like to keep everything except fresh produce, milk, and meat for a couple of weeks to get some rest.
Two days before Thanksgiving
Go to your local grocery store. It is also a good time to review your diet to make sure you do not forget anything important. In addition to your fresh produce, herbs, turkey, and refrigerated items, this is the time to bring wine, sparkling water, flowers, extra garbage bags, ice, and a lot of leftover coating.
Just before Thanksgiving
Pour the turkey and store in the refrigerator.
Make chutney, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Make a vinaigrette, and keep it in a saucepan in the fridge.
Cut your squash, red onion, and salad dressing – store in a gallon Ziplocs in the fridge.
Set the table, arrange the flowers and place the pieces that go to the buffet.
Arrange a guest bathroom, make sure the trash is empty, soap is full, hand towels and toilet paper are in good condition and there is a flower vase or a scented candle near the sink.
Good luck! In the morning…
Turn the oven to 375 F.
Save your white wine.
Already mix your salad.
Three hours ago.
Prepare the turkey, and put it in the oven.
Make your corn filling. Put it on the counter until it is almost ready to eat.
Two hours before.
Make your own mashed potatoes. They can sit on the stovetop with a lid, and then 15 minutes before serving, heat again low.
Roast the leaves of your salad.
Open a nice bottle of sparkling wine to feel when you’re done cooking — and on vacation!
Fill the jar with filter water and lemon slices, then place in the fridge to cool.
An hour before.
Prepare your charcuterie board and set it up — it will be ready and waiting for the sooner to arrive, and the cheese tastes better when it heats up.
Put red wine in the refrigerator to cool slightly.
Making Brussels grow. Cover them and let them sit on the stove until it is time to eat.
Look for Turkey to be generous – when it registers 165 degrees F, cover with foil and allow it to rest until it is ready to carve (it will come another 10 degrees before carving.)
15 minutes before.
If you have guests who arrive early, do not hesitate to offer them simple tasks such as opening a glass of wine and sipping a lemon to get some water. Putting them to work makes everyone feel more comfortable.
Bring the mashed potatoes to the stove.
Place the cornbread in the oven to reheat.
Mix all the ingredients in a salad and place on a buffet.
Carry the baby, place everything in your chosen buffet, invite your guests to help themselves, and then come back and enjoy the party.
Was this Thanksgiving preparation list helpful? Make a note to keep in mind the days leading up to the holiday, and make sure you share it with friends who can use a little extra help!