Thanksgiving is coming up so soon! I am here to tell you how dedicated I am to a stress free Thanksgiving, and how I pull it off 🙂
My secret to a stress free Thanksgiving is to bake the turkey the day ahead.
Yes – I know that a lot of the glory comes from seeing the roasted bird, but I would highly recommend that you think this one through. Roasting the turkey the day before changes Thanksgiving from a crazy stressful day, into a relaxed and happy day that is full of Thanksgiving.
My instructions make for a busy Wednesday, and a relaxed and fun Thursday so you can enjoy your family and friends.
*If it is That important to you or your loved ones, maybe you could roast a little bird the day of?
Turkey – Click here, then read this recipe for turkey. If you want to follow my advice and cook the turkey a day ahead, you are going to have to brine the bird on Tuesday, and bake it on Wednesday (and if you have a frozen turkey, make sure it is defrosted in time). You can follow this exact recipe, but sub another fat for the butter unless you have successfully re-introduced dairy – perhaps extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil.
Follow the directions for brining on Tuesday, and baking the bird on Wednesday with the veggies and white wine – flip it as it says – this makes for the most amazing and juicy meat with fabulous drippings.
Super easy gravy – take all the drippings with the carrots, onion, etc… and puree it in your blender. It makes a wonderful, super delicious gravy that is just thickened with carrots, onion etc… Add some sea salt if necessary, then run it through a sieve to catch any chunks. This gravy is so so so good and so so easy!!
Let the bird rest, then carve it and put the meat into a crock pot. Add enough gravy to keep it moist, and put the rest of the gravy in a saucepan to re-heat the next day.
Boil the turkey carcass to make bone broth, pick the meat, store the broth, and you will have taken the stress out of your Thanksgiving Thursday. 🙂
Make the day ahead:
Mashed Cauliflower – put in an attractive oven safe dish for reheating.
Cranberry Sauce – put in an attractive dish to serve cold.
Salad Dressing – choose whichever one looks good!
Stuffing – I would sub bacon drippings for the palm oil. Put in an attractive oven safe dish for reheating.
Squash – I would half the honey and add a healthy pinch of sea salt. Put in an attractive oven safe dish for reheating.
Pumpkin Panna Cotta with Pomegranate Seeds (Just sub pomegranate seeds for the crumble.)
Make Salad – I like to make it pretty with dried cranberries, white onion, and yummy herbs.
Make Apple Crisp.
Plug in crockpot with turkey.
Heat in oven until warm: mashed cauliflower, stuffing and squash.
Heat gravy on stove.
Put out cranberry sauce.
Put out water and apple cider for beverage.