Preparing a big Thanksgiving meal can be hectic, and if you’re not organized, it can quickly spiral out of control leaving you frustrated, over and undercooking dishes, and eating later than planned. After cooking for our big family for so many years, I’ve created a schedule that keeps me on track.
I list out everything that has to be done the entire week of Thanksgiving, a full menu, number of guests, etc. The schedule is also very helpful if/when someone comes into the kitchen and asks if they can help. A quick glance at the list allows you to delegate one of the to do items.
I've created a schedule that that you can use, making adjustments as needed to account for new guests, different dishes, etc. I hope this helps you enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family and friends.
From my kitchen to yours... Happy Thanksgiving!
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast
This recipe is inspired by the beautiful Katie Lee from Food Network. Her recipe has a little more fat content, and has a sweet and savory element. My version is savory with a lemon herb compound butter. It'll make your mouth water y'all.
And the croutons that are slow baked in the bacon fat... Lawd. Have. Mercy. They're like little crunchy bacon crouton presents for your tastebuds, because let's be honest. Bacon makes everything better.
My recipe for the compound butter is about double of what you actually need for the turkey breast. It's so good, you'll want the extra to slather over fluffy rolls, or a crusty slice of bread. You're gonna love me for this compound butter, y'all. So good.
Y'all know it's just not Thanksgiving without deviled eggs. So, I'm just gonna leave this right here...
For the full story on these delicious deviled eggs, and a few extra tips, click here.
Happy Thanksgiving y'all!
Roasted Sweet Potato Halves
Here is a simple, delicious and healthy recipe for your dinner table. The natural sugars in the potatoes caramelize into sugary goodness. It's a winning dish.
Steamed Green Beans
If you're fancy, you can call these steamed haricots verts tossed with grass fed butter & fleur de sel. For the rest of us it’s steam beans with butter & salt.
Shrimp Hors d'oeuvres
When you get married, there will be at least one dish that will always be your mother-in-law's. Your husband will always love it, and she will forever be the only one who can make it correctly. For our family, that dish is my mother-in-love, Chris', shrimp hors d'oeuvres, and oh my goodness we can't get enough of them. We scarf these babies down as fast as she can make them. So good.
And you have to know that Chris is not only my mother-in-love, but she's also one of my best friends. I hit the mother-in-law lottery. She raise a pretty amazing son, too.
Here's how she makes them...
This is my go to Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. Now I realize that people have very strong opinions on stuffing and dressing, but this is my favorite. I like it to be chunky, not mushy, so I can tell what all of the elements are in the dish. And I want it to be savory, so there's no fruit here. No raisins, or apples, or dried cherries. Just savory sausage, toasty bread, beefy mushrooms, and lots of deliciousness.
For a delicious vegetarian version of this stuffing...
Roasted Mixed Veggies
I like to use a colorful mix of purple potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts & fennel, but you can use any combination you like.
Sweet Potato Casserole
Growing up my mamma always made sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving. It was one of my favorite things on the table.
Now that I have a family of my own, I make sure I always have sweet potato casserole on the table too... just like mamma.
My recipe is different from hers, but it's made with all the love that she put into hers.
Here's how I make it.
No Stress Desserts
If you're preparing the entire main meal for your family and friends, don't be afraid to phone a friend and have store-bought desserts. There are some delicious options available from your local grocery stores and bakeries! While I always prefer family recipes passed down from generation to generation, there's no need to stress over making everything from scratch.
Here are some of my Northeast Florida favorites:
The French Pantry
Sweets by Holly
and of course, Costco
Turkey Two Ways
This is not my recipe, but it's my favorite turkey preparation for a big Thanksgiving meal, and it happens to be created by one of my all-time favorite chefs. The impeccable Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, from Food Network, created this recipe that allows you to showcase TWO turkeys at Thanksgiving.
If you really want to show out, this is the recipe for you. This gives you the beautiful, iconic, centerpiece turkey that everyone gets to ooooo and ahhhhh over, as well as a delicious spatchcock turkey that can easily be carved and served.
This is a winner for me y'all!
Here is the link for his winning recipe.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Here’s my super simple recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts. Perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Thanksgiving is such an indulgent holiday, we try to keep most of the menu items pretty "clean" and simple, but still full of delicious flavor. My roasted sweet potatoes are a delicious and healthy side dish for your Thanksgiving table.
Chris' Cranberry Sauce
My mother-in-law, Chris, makes homemade cranberry sauce for our family every year. It's one of those made-with-love dishes that makes its way onto our Thanksgiving table year after year.
I can't mention Chris, without my heart bursting with pride at how I won the mother-in-law lottery. Seriously, y'all. Like, yoga on the beach, laugh til we cry, coolest mother-in-law ever. She is one of the sweetest, kindest, most thoughtful people I've ever met. She loves me unconditionally, is always supportive, my favorite wine drinking partner, and is truly one of my best friends.