Holiday Meal Schedule

I am a pretty unorganized person ( see my “about” page), so in my effort to throw out my messy cookbook I better not throw out this:

The Schedule (from Martha Stewart)

3 days ahead:

If making cranberry sauce, do so & refrigerate it.

If frozen, place turkey on a tray in refrigerator to thaw (allow 24 hours for every 4-5 lbs).

1 day ahead:

Set Thanksgiving table; choose serving dishes and utensils.

Assemble Sweet Potato Casserole except for marshmallows; refrigerate

Make green beans; refrigerate.

5 hours ahead:

Prepare dressing; stuff turkey, and roast. Transfer any extra dressing to baking dish; refrigerate.

Bring cranberry sauce to room temperature.

45 minutes to 1 hour ahead:

While turkey rests, make gravy. Bake extra dressing.

Top sweet potato casserole with marshmallows; bake.

Warm green beans.

Just before serving:

Transfer dressing to a serving dish. Carve turkey.

Warm gravy, if necessary; whisk until smooth.


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