Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Thanksgiving Time Lines & Other Info

Thanksgiving in the USA is just over two weeks away.  You probably should have already started planning what you are doing for the big meal.  Hopefully I can help you in getting ready this year and in the years to come.

There are some items you can make ahead and freeze for up to a month.  Dinner rolls, pies and soups are some good ones for this prep.  Dinner rolls can be pulled the night before or morning of and served at room temperature or warmed wrapped in foil.  Pies can be baked from frozen so you don't lose space in the refrigerator.  Soups actually gain flavor when made early.  Heat from frozen on a low temperature or thaw in refrigerator 3 days before needed.

The turkey is the big item for most Thanksgiving dinners.  If you are using a frozen bird, give it plenty of time to thaw.  Figure one day for every 4 pounds of turkey.  So a 12 lb. turkey is 3 days and a 20 lb. turkey is 5 days.  Now if you are going to brine your turkey, add a day to that too.  Remember to thaw the turkey in the refrigerator.

Having stuffing or dressing with your turkey?  Remember to put bread out a day or two before wanting to use as you want stale bread.  You can probably make the stuffing or dressing the day before and refrigerate.  This, of course, depends on available space in your refrigerator.

Some of your side dishes can be made early and either frozen or refrigerated depending on the dish and space.  Try to make it so that big day is not so hectic or nerve-racking for you and your family.

This week the recipes are for some different types of stuffing or dressing.  Those words are used interchangeably.  Although many consider stuffing as going inside the bird and dressing being done in a casserole dish separately.  Wednesday's "Corn Bread Stuffing with Shrimp & Andouille" is done in a casserole dish and not in the bird.  Thursday's "Garlic Rosemary Dressing" is also done in a casserole dish.

Just thought I'd give a couple slightly different dishes for Thanksgiving.  I like to always try something new each year to go with all the traditional dishes of the season.  Remember there are many other great recipes for the holidays in the recipe tabs above.  "Happy Cooking" until next week.

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