Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Getting ready for Thanksgiving

The trick to having a great Thanksgiving meal without a nervous breakdown or complete physical breakdown is planning. Here's what I do-

Several weeks ahead
Make turkey stock for gravy and dressing, freeze. (Buy turkey necks or wings. Roast and then make stock.
Make cranberry sauce, refrigerate
Make cornbread, crumble and freeze
Make pie crusts and freeze. Freeze crusts uncovered for a couple of hours. Then cover well with aluminum foil and then place in plastic freezer bags and return to freezer.
Make soup and freeze

Sunday before-
Cook sausage and veg for dressing, freeze
Make roux for gravy, refrigerate

2 days before
Prepare green beam casserole and refrigerate
Prepare onion casserole and refrigerate
Prepare sweet potato casserole, if serving, and refrigerate

Day before -
Make pumpkin pie filling, refrigerate
Brine the turkey

Thanksgiving am
Remove pie crusts and pumpkin filling from freezer
Prep and bake pecan pie
Prep and bake pumpkin pie

Pancetta and winter squash soup

Roast turkey
Cornbread dressing
Green bean casserole
Homemade cranberry sauce
mashed potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes, or sweet potato casserole
Ama B's creamed onions

Mimoi's pecan pie
pumpkin pie

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