Thanksgiving 101: Menu Planning
Thanksgiving might be the best food holiday of the year, but the anticipation and high expectations can also make it the most daunting. This year, take the stress and worry out of the holiday by prepping the menu ahead of time. Whether you make the same dishes year after year or are creating new traditions, menu prep in advance of the big day is essential.
Two Days Ahead:
- Make things ahead of time, up to two days in the fridge, like soups and cranberry sauce.
- Assemble casseroles that can be stored in the fridge and baked fresh on Thanksgiving.
One Day Ahead:
- Set the table before you start to cook, this makes everything easier leading up to dinner.
- Calculate your cooking time (and cooking order) for tomorrow.
- Prepare stuffing for the turkey (if you’re stuffing the turkey) or the dressing to cook on the side.
- Warm anything that needs to be, including mashed potatoes, rolls, soups and casseroles.
Here are six, culinary themes and corresponding recipes that make planning for the holidays simple and delicious! The best news is that you can’t go wrong with any of these dishes, since they are all delicious and include shortcut ingredients from the dairy aisle and frozen food section!
Fast and Easy
Which theme will make an appearance at your Thanksgiving table?