The secret to cooking all this food, and staying sane, is to plan.
(and if you're me, REMEMBER TO PLAN!)
Now, I must give thanks to Ina Garten quickly: I was browsing one of her books in B&N. It was new at the time and, well, because Ina doesn't cook anything I can eat, I didn't buy the book, BUT there was this one little tip that jumped out at me and changed my cooking life forever.
Ina writes out a "game plan" for each meal she makes. It's extraordinarily detailed, down to "5:30p.m. preheat oven to 350F."
(Btw, as Ina will attest, writing your game plan down makes a huge difference! Write it down, don't just keep it in your head!)
When cooking big feasts or multi-dish meals, I'd always kept a handy list of the recipes I was making, and I typically gave some thought about when I should cook which dish (in what order) but I was never terribly specific about it.
Here's my game plan for Thanksgiving:
Admittedly, I'm not a big fan of leftovers, but I find Thanksgiving foods are an exception. (I'm a glutton for mashed potatoes and gravy...). I've also found creative ways to repurpose my leftovers into a new dish, too.
So here are some ideas on how to give your leftovers a makeover!
But you should really just download our FREE Thanksgiving Game Plan that includes a useful shopping list, step-by-step game plan for a perfectly timed meal, our family favorite recipes, and pumpkin pie!
We've done all the organization for you.