With cleaning-up, shopping, table-setting and so many of those dishes to cook, hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a major accomplishment. If you’re the host of Turkey Day this year and whether or not it’s your 1st time or your 100th, chances are high that you’d like to make it easier — that is exactly, where this guide comes in handy!! Find all kinds of tips and tricks to make this Thanksgiving your easiest and most stress-free ever!
Clear your countertops of excess things (including small appliances) before Turkey-day. You’ll want all the counter area you’ve got.
Make a master list of the dishes you’ll be making and grab the serving utensils that correspond to every dish. Stick a sticky-note reminder on them and keep them handy in your cabinet.
Look over your list and take note of what you can create ahead of time.
For the dishes you won’t be prepping beforehand, see if there are some additional task that can be checked off early. For example: chop onions and store them in a one gallon resealable plastic bag; prepare pie dough and freeze it; wash and trim green beans.
If you know you’ll need more oven space than you have, go ahead and cook your bird on the grill! This, admittedly, takes finessing to do perfectly, however having a free oven for the additional dishes is a game changer. – Bonus: This encourages some guests to huddle up out by the grill master, opening up even more room inside.
If you would like to cook the turkey quicker, either flatten (spatchcock) it or purchase turkey pieces rather than a full bird.
If you’re hosting a low number of guests or don’t wish to cook a full turkey, think about shopping for a roasted turkey from an local market. If you opt to go this route, make certain to phone in your order early, as they will sell out come the final weeks.
When guests say they’d wish to contribute to the dinner, have a list of options of a couple of specific complimentary dishes and allow them to select what they want to bring. Simply confirm to substantiate what they’re going to cook before you hit the grocery.
Don’t feel like you have to cook everything from scratch if you don’t want to or are short on time. Commit to cook the dishes you get pleasure from most and devour others from a quality restaurant or market.
Go ahead and skip the standard side-dishes if it’s not your family’s favorite. It’s your Thanksgiving — make it your way.