Whether you just bought your first house, or you have been in there for a while and are now deciding to host your first Thanksgiving Day feast, we have some tips for you! Putting together a Thanksgiving feast can be a lot of fun, but you must plan ahead in order to pull it off without burning the turkey and ruining the day.
Once you know how many people will or might be attending (add 20%) the first thing you need to do is plan your menu. If you’ve never cooked a turkey before, head over to the food network and print off their recipe for the world’s simplest Thanksgiving turkey. This recipe is pretty basic and a good place to start. If you are an excellent cook and want to wow your guests, try brining your own turkey! Figure out what sides and desserts you can make the day before so you don’t feel rushed!
Once you have a menu, plan a grocery list. It’s usually a good idea to get a Turkey in advance as some stores run out as you get closer to Thanksgiving. Make sure you buy things according to how many people are coming to your feast. For some recipes you might need to make 2 or more batches and you will want to have enough ingredients to cover how many batches you need.
The night before Thanksgiving, start chopping things you will need for the next day. Also start making things that can be made ahead. If you do your pies the day before wait until late in the day. With pies it’s usually the fresher the better. A lot of the dips, sauces, and spreads can be made the day before as well. If you get a lot out of the way, you can focus more on the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes the day of.
On Thanksgiving Day make sure to wake up early and get your game face on! Plan enough time for the Turkey to get done. Many people don’t realize how long a Turkey takes to cook, and you don’t want to have everything ready but the main course when people are sitting around the table. Once you have the Turkey going in the oven you can make your sides that you didn’t make the night before. A good thing to have while you cook is a fresh veggie tray with dips that way people who arrive early can munch and watch football while you are still in the kitchen cooking.
If you have a good set of china, now is the time to bust it out and use it. Have someone who isn’t helping cook the feast set the table. That way you will get to sit down to a lovely table after all your cooking is done! Enjoy the meal you made! With a little planning you can have the fabulous Thanksgiving you’ve always dreamed of. Remember, a good backup is to have the football game on, this way nobody will notice if the food is just a minute or 2 late.