Less Stress, More Thanksgiving Prep
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Cheesy Potato Casserole
Even though mashed potatoes are a popular Thanksgiving side dish, why not switch it up to another potato related dish? An easy one is a cheesy potato casserole, since who doesn’t love cheese and potatoes? This will be a dish that you probably won’t have any leftovers of.
Finish your off your meal with a classic dessert: pumpkin pie. You don’t have to spend a lot of time making it or have to buy one, there’s an easy recipe where you can boast your baking skills without a lot of work. What’s even better is you can either make your own crust or buy it from the store, your guests won’t know!
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Now that your menu is created and your house is decorated, it’s time to start prepping the food. While your side dishes will vary, one thing that remains the same every year is the turkey. The first thing that needs to be done is it needs to thaw if it was frozen when you bought it. A general rule of thumb is to thaw in the fridge about 24 hours per every five pounds of the turkey.
After it’s thawed, you can remove the giblets and season it. One simple seasoning is with salt and pepper; make sure you cover the skin and the inside to get the full flavor. If you want to stuff the bird too, one trick is to cook the stuffing outside of the turkey. This helps so you don’t overcook the turkey when attempting to cook the stuffing properly.
Last step before roasting is to tuck the wing tips behind the shoulder so they don’t get burnt, tie the ends of the drumsticks with kitchen twine and wrap it around to make a knot so nothing is going anywhere. Now it’s time to roast the turkey and you’re almost ready for your Thanksgiving feast!
With the turkey out of the way, you can focus on your side dishes and the table display. No matter what side dishes you have, they’ll be a hit paired with your fabulous turkey! While the food is usually the star for Thanksgiving dinner, your table presentation adds to the festivities. We have some ideas to make your table décor pop!
- Fruit bowl centerpiece
- Add a fruit bowl (real or fake) to the center of your table to tie together the fall feeling. This bowl can be used all year round too; you can switch up what’s inside to match the season.
|Photo: Better Homes and Garden|Add patterned napkins
- You don’t have to have fabric napkins for the holiday dinner, but many offer festive patterns that can really add to the decoration.
|Photo: Country Living Magazine|Add greenery as a runner
- Greenery doesn’t have to only be put out for the Christmas season; it works just as well for Thanksgiving! Pair it with a runner to create a seasonal, yet autumn look.
|Photo: Shelterness|Bold napkin rings
- Even if you do take advantage of the patterned napkins, you can add some napkin rings to tie it all together.
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- Utilize candles
- Candles are perfect décor for the whole year yet come in different colors and scents to match the season. A few on your table will help tie the whole event together.
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