Home cooks tell us that the trickiest part of Thanksgiving dinner is timing the cooking so everything served hot. Here’s how to organize your day to solve that problem. And guess what? Break-time is built right in.
Thanksgiving Timed Right
Using this timeline as a guide, and the recipes below, you can get Thanksgiving cooked in less than 8 hours.
Peel, chop, and measure out all the vegetables and fruits you need for the turkey, stuffing, and mashed potato recipes. Submerge the potatoes in water to keep them from turning brown. Cube and toast the bread for the stuffing. Note that for this timeline, the stuffing will be baked in a casserole dish later.
Assemble the pumpkin pie. You’ll bake it in the morning to free up the oven for the turkey later. Get tips for baking pumpkin pie.
Pull the turkey out of the fridge and prep it for roasting. See how to truss a turkey. Bake the pumpkin pie.
Take the pie out of the oven and put the turkey in. Break time!
Assemble and refrigerate your stuffing and green bean casseroles. They’ll go in the oven when the turkey comes out.
Boil and mash your potatoes; keep them warm in a slow cooker. See how to make mashed potatoes.
Make the gravy; you’ll add extra flavor with pan drippings from the turkey later. Now take a little break.
Set the table so it looks festive and inviting. See how to set a table.
Take the turkey out of the oven and put the casseroles in. Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. See how to carve a turkey.
Turkey is carved, casseroles are done, potatoes and gravy are hot. Dinner is served!
See how it’s done in this step-by-step video:
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