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Thanksgiving Game Plan: Do You Know The Plays?

Posted on November 12, 2011 by Glutenfreeda

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Ever felt you needed a personal assistant to get everything done during the holidays? We know how it feels — with husbands, kids, pets, house guests, work, school and holiday shopping, planning and cooking – it can be overwhelming! Don’t spend all Thursday in the kitchen while your family and friends are out having fun; if you start planning now, it’ll be as easy as pie – so let us help you plan it out.

Below is an example of one of our Thanksgiving Game Plans timelines, a clear schedule that starts a week before the big day and includes those Must-Not-Forget! steps like taking your turkey out to defrost well enough in advance and grabbing a glass of wine. Avoid nerve-wracking pitfalls, avoidable mistakes and make your Thanksgiving Day activities as relaxed and simple as possible.

Thanksgiving Menu
Serves 4-6

Bruschetta with Honeyed Tomatoes & Mascarpone

Main Course
Mixed Greens with Apples & Candied Walnuts
Turkey Roulade
Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Cranberry Sauce

Pumpkin Brûlée

Game Plan Timeline

1 week before Thanksgiving:
Read through all recipes on menu
Make grocery list
Go shopping

3 Days before Thanksgiving
Thaw the turkey breast in the refrigerator
Make cranberry sauce

2 Days before Thanksgiving
Toast bread for stuffing and cube

The Day before Thanksgiving
Make the stuffing
Butterfly turkey breast
Make candied walnuts for the salad
Caramelize the onions for the mashed potatoes
Make Pumpkin Brulee
Make gluten-free baguette

Thanksgiving Day
Assuming dinner will be served at 3PM

9am Wash greens for salad; chill. Make dressing for salad
9:45am Remove the cranberry sauce from the refrigerator
10am Stuff the turkey breast and roll into roulade; cover and set aside

10:30am-12:30PM Relax

12:30pm Toast baguette slices for appetizer
12:45pm Make Honeyed Tomatoes
1pm Start roasting turkey roulade
2pm Make mashed potatoes, re-warm the caramelized onions
2:30 Serve Bruschetta
2:45 Remove the turkey from the oven and let rest; while resting make gravy
3pm Serve Main Course
5-6pm Serve Pumpkin Brûlée

While the “day of” preparations may seem exhausting, keep in mind that since you have already done a lot of the prep work in the days before! The actual “to-do” items on Thanksgiving day are as simple and easy as possible, essentially limited to assembling or re-warming.

One final suggestion: get out of the kitchen and enjoy the holiday! Both game plans include about 2 hours in the middle of the preparations allocated to relaxation time. Take a shower, put your feet up and enjoy the experience.

Photo by Mystic Country

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