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Down-Home Southern Thanksgiving Preparation Schedule

Everyday Food, November 2008

This schedule is based on the Down-Home Southern Thanksgiving menu.

3 Days Ahead

Make Basic Cranberry Sauce; refrigerate. If frozen, place turkey on a tray in refrigerator to thaw (allow 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds).

1 Day Ahead

Set Thanksgiving table; choose serving dishes and utensils. Assemble Sweet Potato Casserole through step 2; refrigerate. Make stewed green beans; refrigerate.

5 Hours Ahead

Prepare cornbread dressing; stuff turkey, and roast. Transfer extra dressing to baking dish; refrigerate. Bring cranberry sauce to room temperature.

45 Minutes to 1 Hour Ahead

While turkey rests, make Bourbon Gravy. Bake extra dressing. Top Sweet Potato Casserole with marshmallows; bake. Warm stewed green beans.

Just Before Serving

Transfer dressing to a serving dish. Carve turkey. Warm gravy, if necessary; whisk until smooth.