So I know this technically should be posted before Thanksgiving, but I figure it could just be another reference for Thanksgiving 2014…so I’m just getting a 361 day head start
We had a small gathering this year and I decided that it was just enough to cook up a small feast. I’m actually kind of surprised that I was able to basically cook all the Thanksgiving dishes and not feel burnt out in the kitchen. I did do a few things ahead of time but basically did all the cooking the day of–it took 4.5 hours.
Here is what I cooked:
Turkey Roulade (instead of the traditional whole turkey, which would have taken a lot more time)
Green Bean Casserole (with homemade Mushroom Gravy)
Potatoes Au Gratin
Sweet Potato Bake
I think anyone could definitely do the following dishes by their self as well. I highly recommend all these dishes, especially the Turkey Roulade .
1. Purchase all your food items a few days before the big day. This also allows you to stay at home and prep most of your meal instead of having to constantly go out and buy missing ingredients.
2. Make a grand list of all ingredients from each recipe you plan on using. Check twice. No thrice.
3. Clean your whole kitchen before you being to cook. This means emptying your dishwasher, cleaning and putting away all dirty dishes, reorganizing everything to make it clutter-free.
4. Note the cooking times and temperatures needed for each dish and try to group them together so that you can put multiple dishes in the oven.
Here is the prepping I did for Day 1 (day before thanksgiving):