Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist and Tips

Thanksgiving Dinner So it's your turn to cook this holiday season and you are already starting to plan your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.  The following are a checklist as to what you will need and some tips about making each...

Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving Dinner

So it's your turn to cook this holiday season and you are already starting to plan your Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.  The following are a checklist as to what you will need and some tips about making each item.

Turkey

  • Rub with butter, salt, cracked pepper, sage.
  • Bake it breast side down for 2/3 of cooking time, breast side up the final 1/3.
  • Throw an onion, 2 stalks of celery, and two 2 small carrots in the pan
  • Bake at low heat, 325-350 Fahrenheit
  • Reserve juices for gravy

Gravy

  • Use the juices from your Turkey, a little chicken base (optional) and roux (1:1lightly cooked butter and flour) or a slurry (1:1cornstarch and water)
  • Bring the juices to a boil, incorporate your thickening agent slowly.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Remember you gravy will thicken more as it cools so do not add to much thickening agent. If it sticks to the pan its good.

Mashed Potatoes

  • Use low starch potatoes, avoid baking potatoes.
  • Try adding garlic, sour cream and cream cheese for a kick
  • Don't over cook or under cook your potatoes as it makes a difference. You want them tender but not soggy.
  • Start your potatoes in cold water and then bring it to a boil
  • Season to taste

Dressing

  • Saute an onion, 2 stalks of celery and 2 small carrots till tender.
  • Use store bought bread cubes or
  • Don't put in the turkey, it will take the turkey longer to cook and isn't sanitary.
  • Bake in a covered dish, at 300-325 for about an hour
  • If you want the flavor of your bird in your stuffing drain some of turkey juices from the pan as you are cooking and use the liquid in your dressing.

Pumpkin Pie

  • Use your favorite recipe.
  • For the best results make your pies the day before so they have time to rest
  • Don't forget the whip cream

Hope you this helps you host a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to remember. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments please contact us