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The STAY-SANE THANKSGIVING Time Table

Updated: Nov 26, 2021


This is from 2010 -- I do things more simply now (no stuffing inside turkey and gravy's all done but adding the drippings) and this year we'll be 8 instead of 12, but this is an example of how I stay sane and enjoy the day by writing a detailed schedule ... the best part is knowing when I DON'T have to do anything, so I can go for a walk, sit on the porch, and enjoy conversations with friends without half my brain being back in the kitchen wondering if I need to be doing something ... I keep a timer in my pocket and when it goes off, I go to the kitchen and see what's next on the list. ENJOY THE DAY and GIVE THANKS!!!


MENU

Olives, Nuts – J; Stuffed Mushrooms – E/L; Salmon Pate – R/S

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Turkey – L [Turkey 15+ lbs ]

Giblet Gravy – J; Oyster-Nut Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes – JLu

Cranberry Sauce, Cranberry-Raspberry-Relish – JLu

Brussels Sprouts w/ Bacon & Figs – R/S

Purple Cauliflower Casserole – M/A

Roasted Winter Vegetables – E/L

Praline Sweet Potato Casserole – A/S

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Pumpkin Pie w/ whipped cream – A/S

Galettes w/ cardamom ice cream – E/L

Pumpkin Bread Pudding – M/A

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TIME TABLE

9:45 Prepare Veg for Gravy & start Stock

Prepare Stuffing, set aside enough to stuff turkey, the rest to baking dish covered w/ foil

Set table

11:00 Turkey out of fridge; Strain Stock

11:45 Preheat upper oven 325º ; Fill Pitchers w/ Water; Mineral Water to Fridge

12:15 Turkey in, Breast down

1:30 Mashed Potato Casserole out of fridge

2:00 Mashed Potato Casserole into crock pot on Low; Baste Turkey

3:00 Stir Mashed Potato Casserole; Baste Turkey & turn Breast Up

Get out Serving utensils (which were cleaned or polished last week)

3:30 Preheat lower oven 350º

3:45 Baking Pan of Stuffing into lower oven

4:00 Stir Mashed Potato Casserole; Baste Turkey

Sweet Potato Casserole into lower oven uncovered

4:15 Uncover Baking Pan of Stuffing

Roasted Vegetables into lower oven uncovered

4:30 Turkey out [thigh temp 165º]

Add liver & finish Gravy [1 TBS flour for each TBS of fat]

Uncover stuffing in baking dish

Preheat Warming Drawer

Cranberry Sauce & Cran-Rasp relish to buffet & table

4:35 Baste & add Pecans to Sweet Potato Casserole

Cauliflower Casserole into oven

Plates to Warming Drawer; Pour water; Open wines

Melt 2-3 TB Butter in Microwave

4:45 Stir Mashed Potato Casserole & Add melted butter

Gravy into gravy boat & pitcher (gravy boat to table)

Reheat Brussels Sprouts in Microwave

Sweet Potato Casserole out

Baking Pan of Stuffing out (recover to keep warm)

Light Candles

Carve Turkey (platter w/ Grapes, Parsley)

5:00-ish -- EAT and GIVE THANKS!

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