Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Last Minute Thanksgiving Meal Menu & Prep Schedule

Do you have your turkey and haven't given a thought to what you're making for the rest of Thanksgiving dinner?  Lucky for you, I spent a couple hours scouring the internet for the best, easiest and yummiest looking recipes and have it all ready for you in one place.


(OVEN -2.5-4hrs)  Turkey:  Cooks quicker than most and has awesome step by step pictures with tips on how to cook your turkey from beginning to end. 

(CROCK POT - 3.5hrs) Creamed Corn: Better than frozen corn warmed up, this is a creamy rich corn recipe.  You can do it in your crock pot and lets you have more room on the stove.  Plus, crock pot recipes are always so easy.  Just put your ingredients in and go work on something else.

(OVEN - 40-45mins)  Stuffing:  This is a do ahead recipe.  Make it the day before and all you have to do it put it in the over after you pull your turkey out while it's resting. Made fresh with no boxed ingredients.

(STOVE - 30mins) Mashed Potatoes:  I don't have a recipe for these because they are so easy.  Put all your potatoes weather it be sweet, white, maybe even some frozen cauliflower into a pan  with water and cook until the potatoes are all cooked through.  Drain water keeping some left over for mixing with the potatoes.  Add lots of butter cream and left over water along with salt and pepper.  Mash and enjoy.

(STOVE - 25mins) Garlic Green Beans: Another super quick fresh dish unlike the original green bean casserole. Less things in the oven makes for a faster meal.

(STOVE - 10 mins) Turkey Broth - quick and easy and you can make it while you wait for the turkey to rest.


TURKEY - Anywhere 4-6 hrs before dinner depending on cooking time.
Turkey should be defrosted and room temperature early morning. Prep turkey first, this should take about 20 minutes.  You can even do it the night before and put it in the fridge, just take it out about an hour before you plan on putting it in the oven to come to room temp.
CREAMED CORN - about 4hrs before dinner
Prep is super easy. Open items and dump in and then just wait.
MASHED POTATOES - 1.5 hrs before dinner
STUFFING -  if prep night before 40-45 min before dinner or about 1.5 hrs before dinner in not prepped
GREEN BEANS - Prep after cream corn, start cooking 25 mins before dinner.
TURKEY BROTH - Start about 10-15 minutes after turkey comes out 

And there you go.  No planning for you.  No worries if you haven't given a thought to Thanksgiving dinner because I did it for you.  All you need to do is pick up your groceries (except the turkey, that's a do ahead) and start cooking! 

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