The Essential Thanksgiving Day Meal Primer

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The Essential Thanksgiving Day Meal Primer

Every great gathering begins with a timeline that includes tasks that must be accomplished. If proper planning & logistics are put into action early, the annual feast should run relatively smoothly. Make a list for the day so your beautiful meal can be served hot. A smart use of oven management will prove to be useful & valuable when it comes time to say grace.

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The Turkey

Apple-Bourbon Herb Roasted Turkey

 The turkey should be roasted first as it will take the most time & oven space, anywhere from 2 to 4 hours. Plus, the drippings are traditionally used to prepare the gravy. Once roasted, remove the turkey from the oven & tent with foil. It will need time to rest, at least 30 to 40 minutes before carving into slices.

Focus on the side dishes next.

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The Side Dishes

Old-Fashioned Cornbread Dressing
Sweet Potato Casserole

Hopefully, many of these traditional side dish classics have been prepped well in advance. Remove filled casserole dishes from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before baking.

Readjust the oven temperature once the turkey has been removed & place the dressing into the oven to bake. Add the sweet potato casserole 20 minutes later. Since these items will be baked together, allow up to an additional 15 minutes of time in the oven so both items will be hot & register safe temperatures using a digital thermometer.  

Focus on gravy preparations next.

Finish any stovetop side dishes 20 minutes before the main meal is to be served.

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The Gravy

Apple-Bourbon Herb Roasted Turkey Gravy

Meanwhile, prepare the gravy. Retrieve the drippings needed from the turkey preparations. Follow specific recipe instructions to complete the task. Once it has been made, simply reheat over the stovetop just before serving. 

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The Cranberry Relish

Cranberry-Lemon Relish

Hopefully, the cranberry relish has already been prepared. Transfer the relish from the prep bowl to a tabletop piece. 

If the task has not been addressed ahead of time, it can be completed the day it will be served. Plan to make it very early in the day as it needs time to chill & firm in the refrigerator before serving.

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The Rolls

Brioche Rolls

Rolls that have been prepared in advance may need to be heated. Complete this task about 15 minutes before the meal is to be served. Place them in a single layer on a half sheet pan, cover loosely with foil & warm in a 350 degree oven for 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the rolls to a bread basket lined with a linen & cover them to keep warm.

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The Pumpkin Pie

Buttermilk Pumpkin Pie

Just before the main meal is to be served, remove the pie from the refrigerator & allow it to come up to room temperature. Prepare coffee & Chantilly Cream just before serving dessert.

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How To Serve The Thanksgiving Meal

Assess serving bowls, platters, utensils & linens well in advance as Thanksgiving preparations utilize many tabletop essentials & all at once no less. Have these items available so transferring & garnishing food runs smoothly just before the main meal is to be served.

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The table is set. Cocktails have been poured & good conversation exchanged. Just before saying grace, a little organization of tablewares is key to making certain a lovely Thanksgiving meal becomes a memorable one. Have these tabletop essentials available to complete meal tasks.

The Turkey

Platter
Carving knife & fork

The Gravy 

 Gravy boat
Small plate
Heirloom silver gravy ladle

The Cranberry Relish

Small serving bowl
Heirloom silver spoon

The Side Dishes

Trivets
Heirloom silver serving spoons

 The Rolls

Vintage platter or bread basket
Pressed linen

The Pumpkin Pie

Pie server
Knife
Dessert plates
Heirloom silver dessert forks
Small bowls & heirloom silver spoons for Chantilly Cream & Cinnamon-Sugar Buttered Pecans
Silver coffee service
Cups, saucers & mugs

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