1. Make a plan
-Plan out your menu: turkey (duh!) or use a chicken for a thanksgiving for two; my rule of thumb is to
always have an app or salad, potato, a veggie, a dessert and bread/rolls. For every four people, add
another side, veggie, app and dessert.
-Once you figure out the basics, you can then decided which recipes you want to make with your
ingredients and if you want to be traditional, simple,fancy,etc
-Make your grocery list……..and if at all possible avoid going to the store the weekend or day before.
2. Prep work
-Gathering all necessary pans,utensils,dishes etc. (For my turkey I like to use a throw away aluminum
pan for easy clean up).
-Prepare your table settings-table cloth, napkins,napkin rings,place settings, centerpieces,etc.
These are some great ideas!
-The day before, prep whatever foods you can, i.e. pre-cut veggies,prepare your stuffing,etc
3. Turkey Day
–Put your turkey in the oven early.
-If people offer, accept their help.
- Pumpkin cheese ball
- Stuffed mushrooms
- Spinach Artichoke dip
- Cranberry baked brie
- Maple glazed Brussels sprouts
- Creamed onions
- Cheesy corn bake
- Brown sugared bacon green beans
- Mashed potatoes
- Sweet potatoes (baked, mashed,casserole)
- Tossed salad-goat cheese,pear,cranberries and walnuts is a good one
- Cranberry orange relish
- Stuffing (sausage,sage and apple cornbread is a personal favorite)
- Cranberry pear crisp
- Pumpkin pecan pie
- Pumpkin bread pudding
- Rustic apple tart
- Pumpkin trifle
- Molasses pumpkin spice cookies
- Pumpkin pie martinis
- Apple pie martinis