Thanksgiving is one of the most meaningful holidays. We are all looking forward to this occasion; eating and drinking with our families and friends. It is so grateful to be surrounded by loved ones and spend time with them.
However, preparations sometimes become frantic. In order to avoid last-minute rush and panic, we have given some tips for preparing a less stressful Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t worry, there is always a way to prepare your dishes ahead.
Can anyone imagine a Thanksgiving without Turkey?
Don’t wait for the last minute! You can buy your turkey as soon as possible, and store them in your freezer. If you buy a frozen one, don’t forget that thawing time per 5 pounds of turkey can take up to 24 hours. If you don’t have space in your freezer, or you prefer a fresh one, you can reserve your turkey one week advance. You can find offers at the grocery stores like Food Giant, Fareway, Big Y, Walmart, Kroger and so many more.
If you don’t have the right size of the roasting pan for your turkey, you might end up panicking on Thanksgiving day. Check your available roasting pan at home and if it is not the right fit, you can always buy it at the stores like Save - A - Lot, Albertsons, Dollar Tree, Marc’s. If you don’t want to spend a lot, you can also find disposable aluminum pans at stores.
Turkey is incomplete without a gravy; so you can buy a ready gravy sauce or cook your own. You can cook your own gravy 1 - 2 weeks ahead. It is so easy. All you need for gravy are some turkey giblets, butter, and flour. You can store it in a fridge and then, you can heat it in your saucepan on Thanksgiving day.
Two or three side dishes can be enough. Traditional side dishes can be green beans casserole, mashed potatoes, and salads.
You can prepare and assemble your green beans casserole 2 days before. Once you get your turkey out of the oven, you can put your casserole into the oven. While your turkey is out to rest, your casserole will be ready to serve.
You can also prepare your salad 1 day before and on Thanksgiving day, you can only drizzle fresh dressing onto your salad to make the finishing touch.
What about mashed potatoes?
You can peel potatoes the day before and store it in the fridge. Don’t forget to cover it with water, otherwise, they will get dark. While your turkey is in the oven, you can boil your potatoes and mash them. To make it delicious, the final step is to add some butter and salt.
Yes, Cranberry Sauce is also a must-have…
The sweet taste of cranberry sauce is a perfect match with turkey and side dishes. But, we know that you need to roast a Turkey and add finishing touches to side dishes on Thanksgiving day. This will take most of your time. And if you are panicking, how you will also prepare a cranberry sauce on the same day. You can make the sauce 1 - 2 weeks ahead and store it in an airtight container. If you don’t have time at all, you can always find the ready once at grocery stores.
And there is always room for Desserts…
Who can say no to sweets? It is the best way to finish unforgettable dinners. Apple pie or pumpkin pie is the right choice for Thanksgiving dinners. However, baking desserts can be time-consuming. You can always bake it the day before or you can always buy it from the nearest bakery of a grocery store. You can check the grocery stores like Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Hy - Vee, Fry’s and enjoy the last bites of your dinner with a delicious pie.
To serve these mouth-watering foods, you need serving plates and cutlery. It can be a good idea to check ahead if you have enough plates, cutlery, and drinkware for everyone. If you don’t, you can make a stop at any houseware stores such as ‘Bed Bath & Beyond’, Target, IKEA, and buy what it is missing. If you do not want to wash up loads of dishes, you can always find the paper party goods at groceries. It is simple and less costly!
If you plan and prepare your dinner ahead, your day will be smoother than you think. Follow the tips above and enjoy every bit of your Thanksgiving day.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Have a great time!