Use this to guide and our easy Thanksgiving menu to get-ahead this year.
Relax this Thanksgiving. If may seem impossible if you're charged with cooking your family's feast but we've developed this simple checklist to help you out. Start cooking and prepping some of the recipes from our Easy Thanksgiving menu about a week before and once the big day arrives, all you'll have to do is put everything together.
► 7 days ahead
- Make cranberry sauce (using the recipe here); cover and chill.
- Prepare cranberry ice cubes for the Cranberry Punch. Keep frozen.
► 4 days ahead
- Make butter mixture for Thyme-Roasted Turkey; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using.
- Make Garlicky Roasted Red Pepper Dip; cover and chill.
► 3 days ahead
- Bake Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Spice Cake (do not glaze). Wrap well and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature and glaze 6 hours before serving.
► 2 days ahead
- Make cranberry mixture for gravy; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature and stir before serving.
- Prepare Sausage-and-Fennel Stuffing through Step 3 in recipe. Allow to cool entirely, cover with plastic wrap and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour, stir in an additional ½ cup broth before continuing to cook.
- Prepare sweet potato casserole through Step 3 in recipe. Let cool completely, uncovered. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before reheating. When ready to serve, bake at 350ºF until bubbling, about 45 minutes.
- Roast carrots for Roasted Carrot and Radicchio Salad; cover and chill. Prepare pecans for salad. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Whisk together dressing for salad; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature and whisk again just before using.
► 1 day ahead
- Prepare turkey through Step 3 in recipe. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill. Let stand at room temperature or 1 hour before roasting.
- Prepare oranges and grapefruit for salad; cover and chill.
- Don't forget any of the ingredients for these recipes! Download our handy shopping list (PDF) and print it out before heading to the store.