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Modern Thanksgiving Preparation Schedule

Everyday Food, November 2010

This schedule is based on the Modern Thanksgiving menu.

2 weeks ahead

If using fresh turkey, order for pickup.

1 week ahead

Make cranberry relish and refrigerate.

3 to 4 days ahead

If using a frozen turkey, place on a rimmed baking sheet in refrigerator to thaw (allow 1 day for every 4 to 5 pounds). Cube bread for stuffing and let sit, uncovered, in a single layer at room temperature overnight. Store in a zip-top bag at room temperature.

2 days ahead

Make whipped sweet potatoes and refrigerate. Toast walnuts for stuffing and store in an airtight container.

1 day ahead

Make rosemary-lemon oil for turkey; cover and refrigerate. Trim broccoli rabe and cut into 2-inch pieces. Refrigerate in an airtight container. Make stuffing (do not bake). Transfer 4 cups to an airtight container for turkey and place the rest in an oiled 2-quart baking dish; cover and refrigerate.

Morning of

Roast pears and onions; let cool to room temperature in dish. Bring cranberry relish to room temperature. Cook and drain broccoli rabe; let sit on a paper-towel-lined baking sheet.

4 hours before

Bring turkey and rosemary-lemon oil to room temperature. Stuff turkey and start roasting. Cut carrots and potatoes.

1 hour before

While turkey rests, roast carrots and potatoes and bake extra stuffing in baking dish. Make gravy and transfer to a saucepan to keep warm. Finish broccoli rabe on stovetop and reheat whipped sweet potatoes. Reheat pears and onions if desired.

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