For those of you slackers (guilty as well here) and still need an ideas for Thanksgiving, check out the recipes that I made last year. This is for all of you who are a bit slow and those of you who suddenly don’t have Thanksgiving plans anymore. Just kidding! I’m actually still finalizing thanksgiving plans myself; my original anticipation to use this menu didn’t really work out given that rapid growth in Thanksgiving plans.
This year, Thanksgiving came a few weeks early for my friends. I was eager to test out some recipes, and work out a 6 hour plan to get Thanksgiving dinner ready and on the table. So this year, I present to you a thanksgiving dinner, with a turkey, 3 side dishes, and dessert for a smaller family of 5 or 6 in under 6 hours.
For the purpose of this post I couldn’t get cranberries. In fact, people from my local market kind of judged me when I told them what I was doing. I ended up cooking some crushed cranberry sauce in a pan with orange juice, ginger, and lemon juice. A recipe will be coming soon though!
Before I get into the “action plan” here is a list of recipes that I’ve posted that I will be using in this 6 hour plan.
- Herb-roasted Bone-in Turkey Breast w/ Gravy
- Ciabatta Stuffing with Chestnuts and Bacon
- Baked Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan
- One-hour pumpkin pie
This is the exact menu that I prepared for my friends last thanksgiving. Here’s the action plan:
1:00 PM make the pie
2:00 PM prep mashed potatoes, do not bake them
3:00 PM begin prep work for the stuffing
4:00 PM prepare turkey
4:40 PM start baking turkey, finish stuffing and prepare for baking
5:00 PM start baking stuffing
6:40 PM baked potatoes while turkey is resting
7 PM Dinner is served
This year I will be trying a few new things for Thanksgiving. I’m excited to be able to share these recipes with you when I do finish everything. I wish all of you the best Thanksgiving yet, I hope my recipes will be able to strike some inspiration. Eat fast because Black Friday starts as early as 9 PM at Target this year!