advertisement

advertisement

No Thanks
Let
Keep In Touch With MarthaStewart.com

Sign up and we'll send inspiration straight to you.

Martha Stewart takes your privacy seriously. To learn more, please read our Privacy Policy.

Essential Thanksgiving Preparation Schedule

Everyday Food, November 2007

This schedule is based on the Essential Thanksgiving menu. To round out the essentials here, take your pick from the suggested make-ahead sides.

3 Days Ahead

Make Cranberry-Ginger Relish; refrigerate. Place frozen turkey on a tray in refrigerator to thaw (allow 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds).

1 Day Ahead

Set Thanksgiving table, and assign serving dishes and utensils. Make herb rub for turkey. Prepare stuffing through step 2; refrigerate bread and vegetables separately.

5 Hours Ahead

Spread herb rub under skin of turkey. Prepare Simple Stuffing; stuff turkey, and roast. Transfer extra stuffing to baking dish; refrigerate. Bring Cranberry-Ginger Relish to room temperature.

45 Minutes to 1 Hour Ahead

While turkey rests, make White-Wine Gravy and bake extra stuffing.

Just Before Serving

Transfer stuffing from turkey and extra baked stuffing to serving dish; carve turkey. Reheat gravy, if necessary; whisk smooth.