Thanksgiving Preparation: Wednesday Morning


It’s that time of the year again.

A time to take a step back and think about what you’re thankful for. A day given off by schools, institutions and even the most corporate of places because they recognize the importance of family, but also: Turkey.

Without getting too sappy I’d like to help out any last-minute folks freaking out before Tomorrow’s dinner and although i got a head start there’s no reason you can’t head to the kitchen right now and get started, there’s still time to make it one hell of a dinner.

The most important factor has nothing to do with food; it’s planning.

So first here’s the menu I’ve chosen for this years dinner. I prefer one that isn’t too traditional so I like experimenting with a few dishes here and there.

THE MENU (for 14)

Mushroom soup with Stilton, apple & walnut croutes
Waldorf Salad
Pomegranate & arugula Salad
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Turkey with either Cranberry sauce or Gravy
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with cinnamon sage brown butter sauce
Eggplant Gratin
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Mashed Potatoes
Mac n Cheese Casserole

Apple Crumble
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Sweet Potato Pie

Apple Cider
Pumpkin Truffles

Wednesday Morning Things to do:
**Put all your pumpkin and sweet potatoes in the oven for puree/mashing in your recipes


**Make Cranberry Sauce: Easy recipe here:


**Start on the turkey
**Once, pumpkin is pureed start making dough for Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls, recipe here


**Also get started mashing sweet potato to make gnocchi. When done shaping, freeze till needed


Wednesday Midday

Take a break from cooking and set the table including serving dishes and spoons
Roll out pumpkin rolls and shape into rolls; refrigerate overnight
Prepare Creme Brulee and keep in fridge
Prepare Cheesecake and fridge overnight, same with apple crumble
Make Pumpkin Cake for giveaway truffles


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