48 Hours Until Thanksgiving Dinner
This cheat sheet will walk you through the whole process of making Thanksgiving dinner following a menu made up the essential holiday dishes, as chosen by you.
Before you go shopping, do a quick pantry check!
With your menu at the ready, it's easy to make a master grocery list, or borrow Betty's grocery list for the Essential Thanksgiving Menu, as Picked by You. Before you leave the house, go through your own pantry, so you can check off the ingredients you already have on hand, saving you time and money at the grocery store.
Pull Out Your Equipment
Another benefit of starting with a menu is that you know all the dishes and tools you'll need to cook everything. We've found that it's helpful to pull out your equipment ahead of time. Hunt down the turkey roaster and wash everything, so it's ready when you start cooking. Taking this step also gives you the time to borrow or pick up any dishes you might be missing.
Make Simple Cranberry Sauce
1. Rinse (1 pound) cranberries with cool water and remove any stems or blemished berries.
2. Heat water and sugar to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally.
3. Stir in cranberries. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
4. Continue boiling about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until cranberries begin to pop.
Pour sauce into serving bowl, as berries will set in the container. Refrigerate until Thanksgiving dinner.
30 Minutes Until Thanksgiving Dinner
- Reduce oven temperature to 200F and hold finished dishes in the oven, covered with foil.
- Make Foolproof Turkey Gravy and transfer turkey to cutting board (or platter if carving at the table). Tent with foil. In turkey roasting plan, make the gravy by following the steps below.
Foolproof Turkey Gravy
1. Pour out turkey drippings, reserving 1/4 cup and the brown bits in the pan.
2. Sprinkle in 1/4 cup flour and cook on medium heat.
3. Stir constantly until mixture is smooth and bubbling.
4. Pour in 2 cups broth and heat to simmering, stirring constantly. Let bubble for 1 minute.
5. Stir in browning sauce, if desired, and flavor with salt and pepper.
Finally, transfer the gravy to a boat and cover with foil to keep warm.
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