Monday, November 25, 2013

My Strategy for Thanksgiving Week and Menu Week Ending December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving is almost here and it is so exciting to enter into the Holiday season. My favorite meal is Thanksgiving to either make or cook. My strategy for Thanksgiving is to make as many dishes I can ahead of time. Since I am lucky enough to have a double oven, I can heat or cook dishes in the oven while the turkey is roasting. Desserts are almost all finished and in the freezer. Cheesecake gets made on Tuesday to give plenty of time to chill and set.

My family will be here for three days so my meal preparations do not only include Thanksgiving but two other dinners and three breakfasts. We will have leftovers for Friday lunch so no worries. I have already made and frozen the chili I am serving on Friday dinner. Most of the breakfast items are prepped and ready to serve. Wednesday I am cooking a beef brisket in a throw away foil pan, the potatoes and cheese sauce are already done.

So my week is planned, I have a daily schedule of last minute dishes that need to be whipped together.

Simply put, my strategy is plan very carefully.
1.    Cook ahead of time absolutely every dish you can.  
2.    Build a battle plan of all dishes or a time line, when does a dish go into the oven and at what temperature.
3.    Group as many dishes together as you can based on the cooking time and temperature.
4.   Ask your guests to bring a side dish. I have 15 coming for dinner and everyone is bringing a dish. Very helpful.
5.    Relax and enjoy the day. I spend most of my day with family, not cooking. I stay in the kitchen monitoring everything but not actually cooking. We all help to clean up, making light work of the dinner clean up.



Peach stuffed Pork Roast
Hasselback Potatoes
Garden Salad
Dinner Rolls


Fried Chicken
Red Beans and Rice
Sweet Potato Fries



Beef Brisket
Twice Baked Potatoes
Blanched Broccoli with Cheddar Cheese Dipping Sauce
Fried Onion Rings
Ice Cream Cake


Thanksgiving Brunch

Banana Bread
Scrambled Eggs
Hash Browns
Cheese Grits
Sausage Balls
Assorted Fruits

Thanksgiving Dinner

Roast Stuffed Turkey
Smoked Turkey
Sausage and Mushroom Stuffing
Wild Rice and Corn Casserole
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
Green Bean Casserole
Roasted Carrots
Crescent Rolls

Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Souffle
Mini Pumpkin Pies
New York Cheese Cake
Apple Pear Galette



Chili with all the fixing
Green onions
Corn Chips
Cheddar Cheese
Black Olives
Chopped Jalapenos


Turkey Soup
Beer Bread

Sunday Brunch

with Pecan Maple Sauce
or Strawberries and whipped Cream
Assorted Fruit
Dijon Mustard Ham with Biscuits

1 comment:

  1. Seriously, you have the best menu of all!

    Happy Thanksgiving. :)


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