Are you having a traditional Thanksgiving menu and recipes? With less than one week to Thanksgiving, are you ready? Do you know who’s coming to dinner? Do you have your menu planned? Have you bought the turkey? If you were not stressed before, are you now? Don’t worry! If you have not started yet, here are some helpful tips for getting everything done in time for the big day.
1) How many guests will you have? This will determine how much food you need to cook, how many place settings you will need. Do you have enough seating, glasses, plates, silverware, napkins, etc? Take an inventory of tables, chairs, plates, glasses, silverware, etc. If you are short, see if some of your family or close friends can help you out by bringing items that you need.
2) All about the turkey. Valerie From Valerie’s Kitchen blog has an excellent post on how to choose, prep, and roast, your turkey. Read this article TODAY in order to have bought the turkey early enough to have time for the turkey to thaw before Thanksgiving. Another excellent article regarding selecting and brining a turkey is by Baking Nana’s Kitchen.
3) What are the traditional Thanksgiving dishes does your family have each year? Contact family members for those recipes, or if you don’t have access to those, below are some excellent tried and true recipes from me and my fellow AllRecipes Allstar Bloggers for a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Appetizers / Salads
Turkey That is Not Brined
Brine For Turkey and Pork by Baking Nana
Stuffing / Dressing
Turkey Herb Dressing / Stuffing by Baking Nana’s Kitchen
Bread / Rolls
Tiramisu by Kim’s Cooking Now
4) Select the recipes you want to make and create a shopping list for the ingredients you don’t have. I recommend doing it this weekend so you can get started right away. You can make desserts a few days ahead of time. Bake the sweet potatoes the day before. To reduce stress on the big day I like to use slow cookers for the side dishes because it frees up oven space and it does not matter if dinner runs a little late. Keep the slow cookers on warm and they will be ready when you are.
I would like to thank all the bloggers and web sites who contributed to this post:
- Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- From Valerie’s Kitchen
- The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Baking Nana’s Kitchen
- House of Frolic and Mirth
- Life Tastes Good
- Sunny Days With My Loves
- Kim’s Cooking Now
- Food Network
Photo Credits (From top left clockwise): Renee’s Kitchen Adventures, House of Frolic and Mirth, Life Tastes Good, Flavor Mosaic, Kim’s Cooking Now, Flavor Mosaic, Sunny Days with My Loves, From Valerie’s Kitchen, Center Turkey – Baking Nana’s Kitchen.