Thanksgiving/Holiday Meal Plan...menu, shopping list, prep schedule, etc.

Two Peas is Closing
Click here to visit our final product sale. Click here to visit our FAQ page regarding the closing of Two Peas.

Posted 11/14/2012 by katiepotatie in NSBR Board
 

katiepotatie
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 183,099
January 2005
Posts: 6,833
Layouts: 10
Loc: Willamette Valley

Posted: 11/14/2012 1:26:23 PM
Posting his in case anyone is stressed over making a huge meal for a lot of people. This is our standard Thanksgiving meal plan, that I've tweaked over the past eight years. It includes the recipes, a shopping list, staples to have on hand, and day-by-day prep work. It also has a timed schedule for Thanksgiving Day so everything is ready on time. It also includes vegetarian guests.

Here's the menu:
Thanksgiving morning: Apple Streusel Coffeecake
Thanksgiving Dinner: Turkey, Tofurky, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Cornbread, Broccoli with Garlic Butter and Cashews, Green Beans with Pecans, Smoky Scalloped Potatoes, Sausage Stuffing, Soy Stuffing
Dessert: Apple Pie
Day After Thanksgiving: Day After Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie
(I can never decide between mashed potatoes (easy!) and the scalloped potatoes (scrumptious!), so they're both listed. I don't usually make both, unless it's a really large crowd.

Thanksgiving/Holiday Meal Plan



Ginger21
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 235,294
December 2005
Posts: 12,033
Layouts: 2
Loc: PA

Posted: 11/15/2012 6:58:27 PM
I am planning out our menu. This is the first year I am hosting 15 people. I feel like I need to offer something else but not sure what.

Breakfast - donuts while we watch the parade

Dinner- brined roasted turkey, smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green bean casserole, corn, rolls, butter, canned cranberry sauce, pumpkin cheesecake


squillen
Tier 1 Baking Pea

PeaNut 133,550
February 2004
Posts: 39,602
Layouts: 331
Loc: Hudson Valley, NY

Posted: 11/15/2012 7:20:02 PM
Here's my schedule that really helps me a lot. I hope it helps others.

WEDNESDAY (the week before Thanksgiving):
*Get frozen turkey into the fridge to thaw.

WEEKEND BEFORE THANKSGIVING:
*Buy the fresh ingredients. (I usually buy all my non-perishables
well in advance to ensure I have it!)

TUESDAY (2 days before Thanksgiving):
*Make my brine and let it cool to room temperature.

WEDNESDAY (day before Thanksgiving):
*Put the turkey into brine first thing in the morning.
*Prep my veggies and put in ziplocs
*Make pies
*Make cranberry sauce
*Cook up sausage for my stuffing and put in ziploc - prep all my
veggies and aromatics for stuffing and put in ziploc.
*Put can of olives in fridge so they're cold
*Make deviled eggs

THURSDAY (Thanksgiving day):
*Mix up stuffing.
*Stuff turkey.
*Put turkey in by 9am
*Make roll dough
*Set table and buffet
*Peel and cut up potatoes - put in pot and cover with water and
salt. About 30 minutes before the turkey's done, bring potatoes
to boil. Make mashed potatoes.
*Shape rolls and pop in oven when turkey comes out.
*Put broccoli in oven to roast.
*Make gravy
*Put everything in their dishes (olives, eggs, stuffing, potatoes,
etc.)
*Carve turkey and EAT!



Ginger21
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 235,294
December 2005
Posts: 12,033
Layouts: 2
Loc: PA

Posted: 11/15/2012 7:25:00 PM
Thanks Squillen!!

mom22reds
StuckOnPeas

PeaNut 191,815
February 2005
Posts: 2,220
Layouts: 4
Loc: Moorpark, CA

Posted: 11/15/2012 7:48:14 PM
My menu is:

Turkey
Ham
Stuffing
Sweet potatoes
Regular potatoes (mashed or scalloped)
Macaroni and cheese
Cabbage salad
Cranberry sauce
Rolls
Pumpkin, apple and berry pie

I'll be making everything except the salad (mom is making that), the cranberry sauce (unless I get adventurous), the rolls (purchasing from Costco) and the pies (BIL/SIL are bringing those).

My prepping will begin this weekend, when I start cleaning/getting the house in order. The day before, I'll make the stuffing and prepare but not cook the mac & cheese and sweet potatoes. Thanksgiving is so much easier than Christmas because there is only the meal to worry about.

Sonia

Ginger21- How about sweet potatoes and/or macaroni and cheese?


2014 Goal:

Organize my entire house one drawer, cabinet, nook and cranny at a time!

katiepotatie
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 183,099
January 2005
Posts: 6,833
Layouts: 10
Loc: Willamette Valley

Posted: 11/16/2012 12:38:42 AM
Here is the prep schedule:


UP TO A WEEK BEFORE
CHOP
1 cup celery
1 cup onion
1/4 cup parsley
Place all 3 in a baggie for Stuffing.
1 large onion
Place in a baggie for Scalloped Potatoes
1 cup celery
1 cup onion
Place both in a baggie for Turkey Potpie.
1 ½ pounds broccoli, in bite sized pieces
Put in baggie for Broccoli dish.
3-4 cloves garlic (whole..don't chop)
Place in a tiny prep container for Mashed Potatoes.
1 cup walnuts
Put in prep bowl for Coffee Cake.
1/3 cup salted cashews
Put in baggie for Broccoli Dish
2 pounds fresh green beans, wash and trim ends
Put in baggie for Green Bean Dish.
4 TB shallots
Put in small prep bowl for Green Bean Dish
3 TB fresh parsley
Put in small prep bowl for Green Bean Dish

SHRED
2 C smoked Gouda cheese
Place in baggie for Scalloped Potatoes

 DAY BEFORE
COOK
1 pound ground Italian sausage
1/4-1/2 pound ground soy sausage (My daughter is vegetarian...so I make some of the stuffing with her "sausage".)
Put in separate baggies for Stuffing


CHOP
6 cups Granny Smith apples (pie)
2 Granny Smith apples(coffee cake)
Keep apples in a bowl of lemon juice and water, covered in the refrigerator until needed.

PREPARE
12 prep bowls shown in the chart below (click on it to enlarge)
Apple Streusel Coffeecake: Make the batter and keep it covered and refrigerated in the Kitchen Aid mixing bowl. (Quickly beat it in the morning.)
Pie crusts (can be placed on waxed paper and rolled up in the fridge until needed)
Smoky Scalloped Potatoes: Prepare, cover with foil, refrigerate.
Clean and prep turkey. Put the spice rub under the skin. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator.(For a detailed look at seasoning the turkey under the skin, check out this post: TURKEY SEASONING UNDER THE SKIN)
The following chart is the beauty and brains behind the simplicity of this meal. I set out 11 prep bowls (sizes are listed on the chart), and fill them assembly-line style with different ingredients. Each bowl is numbered with masking tape so I know when to use it. Once these bowls are filled, most of the work is done!

Ingredients to get out for the assembly bowl line:
dried sage
dried thyme
olive oil
dried rosemary
bay leaves
ground marjoram
salt
black pepper
cinnamon
apple pie spices
butter, salted
butter, unsalted (2 sticks)
vegetable shortening
sugar
flour
cornmeal
light brown sugar
baking powder
baking soda
canola oil
milk
soy sauce
white wine vinegar
garlic
fresh thyme
cayenne pepper
dry mustard
And now, for the chart. If you click the photo below, the whole chart will be large enough to view the details.


MORNING OF
BAKE
Coffee Cake
350 degrees, 70-80 minutes (make sure center by cone is done)

PREPARE
Stuffing (can keep warm in crock pot)
Use wok (small or large burner)
Put turkey in oven (see time chart).

JUST BEFORE TURKEY IS DONE
COOK
Peel and boil a few pounds of the potatoes w/garlic for mashed potatoes (You can skip this step if the Scalloped Potatoes will be enough for your group.)

ASSEMBLE AND PREPARE
Apple Pie
Cornbread
Take Scalloped Potatoes out of the refrigerator.

ONCE TURKEY IS OUT OF OVEN
PLACE IN OVEN
425 degrees
Cornbread
Apple Pie
Scalloped Potatoes

COOK STOVETOP
Broccoli w/Garlic Butter and Cashews (use large stock pot, then skillet on large burner)
Green Beans with Pecans (use 3 qt. stock pot and steamer)

PREPARE
Gravy
Use medium pot and small burner
Mash the potatoes. Use KA mixer or potato masher. Mash with butter, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm.
Carve turkey after 20-30 minutes of cooling.







lindywholoveskids
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 168,696
September 2004
Posts: 8,526
Layouts: 0
Loc: Northern California

Posted: 11/16/2012 12:47:55 AM
was there a picture to go with that previous post?
looks interesting!

katiepotatie
Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 183,099
January 2005
Posts: 6,833
Layouts: 10
Loc: Willamette Valley

Posted: 11/16/2012 12:57:51 AM
Sorry...yes, sort of. If you click on he link in the original post it will show that prep schedule with the images. (I copied the text from the blog....but didn't notice the references to the images. )

Or...here is the link:

HOLIDAY MEAL PLAN



styxgirl
PeaFixture

PeaNut 183,117
January 2005
Posts: 3,838
Layouts: 24
Loc: Middle of the USA

Posted: 11/16/2012 6:45:22 AM
Katiepotatie, what a nice meal plan! If someone hadn't ever done the giving dinner before, they would live your step by step instructions!

I'm a little out if sorts this year because I only have to make several side dishes this year instead of the whole dang dinner!


Nicole
Show/Hide Icons . Show/Hide Signatures
Hide
{{ title }}
{{ icon }}
{{ body }}
{{ footer }}