Thanksgiving is almost here and it’s time to start preparing your meal plan. No time? No problem! I have an entire meal plan prepared for you.
- Pumpkin Puree – Use these tips and add pumpkin puree to different dishes for a fun twist. For example, stir some pumpkin puree into prepared hummus to make a delicious Thanksgiving appetizer. Serve with warm pita bread.
- Cheese and Soup – Use these tips to prepare the perfect cheese platter, make sure you take a look at the suggestion for preparing a Thanksgiving appetizer by pairing Camembert with butternut squash soup.
- Turkey – This turkey sounds delicious and will need to cook for around 6 hours and then sit for approximately 15 minutes before carving. Alternatively, you can try these step by step directions for the perfect turkey which includes instructions for adding stuffing too.
- Gravy – using the pan from the delicious turkey recipe above and a few extra ingredients, this gravy can be whipped up while the turkey is sitting aside.
- Mac and Cheese – This delicious mac and cheese recipe will require about 40 minutes of oven time. Alternatively, if your oven is full, make a slow cooker mac and cheese instead. This frees up the oven for reheating and baking other dishes.
- Candied Sweet Potatoes – approx 20 minutes prep time and 1.5 hours to bake in the oven.
- Green Beans – This recipe takes approximately 5 minutes to prep, and 10 minutes to cook in a covered pan on the stove. You can have this cooking while you are preparing the gravy and reheating or warm dishes in the oven.
- Corn – boil frozen corn. Once cooked toss with a nice big slice of butter. You can make this ahead of time, refrigerate and then reheat once ready to serve.
- Cranberry Sauce – This is my own recipe for cranberry sauce and takes about 10 minutes to cook.
- Mashed Potatoes – Boil potatoes. Once soft, remove from the water. Add a little chicken stock, crushed garlic, salt, pepper, and butter and mash until smooth.
- Buttermilk Biscuits – Bake these biscuits ahead of time (they take approximately 15 minutes), then re-heat once the turkey is out of the oven.
- Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies – you will want to make these earlier in the day, approximately 1 hour before the turkey is due to go in the oven. If your Thanksgiving meal will be for lunch, then make these the night before.
- Pomegranate Mousse (a delicious alternative for those who don’t like pumpkin pie) – serve in small glasses, jars or glass dishes. Can be made in the morning and kept refrigerated until time to serve (need to be refrigerated for minimum 1 hour).
- Pumpkin Ice Cream – can be made a day in advance. Leave in the freezer until ready to serve. Add a bowl of Fall colored sprinkles with a spoon for the kids.
Serve dessert with a Pumpkin Pie Lattes. These can be made to order after dinner has been finished.
Tip: Don’t forget to check that your salt and pepper shakers are full. You can do this the day before.