thanks giving helps (canadian version)

posted 1 week ago in Cooking
Post # 2
6599 posts
Bee Keeper

How many people? Any help? Whats on your ideal menu?

Post # 3
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Make sure you start the turkey (or whatever meat you choose) early enough! I’ve been to plenty of dinners where we are waiting on a turkey to cook haha. 

My parents typically do turkey, stovetop stuffing (seems pretty fool proof), mashed yams (super easy, can make ahead and reheat), mashed potatoes (again cook ahead and reheat), and gravy. Brussels sprouts with bacon are another good one. Or any roasted veg that need minimal attention (carrots, beets, etc). 

Post # 4
4042 posts
Honey bee

I hosted Thanksgiving for years and years. I think I once had 20 people. We do a farm raised organic turkey (my son’s old hockey coach has a farm). I make cornbread and use it to make my stuffing. It’s light years better than any stovetop concoction. We usually have green beans and another veg and regular mashed potatoes and baked sweet potatoes with marshmallows. I make a cranberry jello mold (using canned cranberry sauce) or I get fresh cranberries and make a sauce myself. 

I do apple, pumpkin and berry pies myself. It’s not that hard to do a crust and it’s much better than frozen. 

Have your guests help you clean up! When I started doing this I asked my husband to help clean up. He responded that he was busy talking – to his family members, who we see all the time. After everyone had left I told him that I have no interest in hosting his family for Thanksgiving if he didnt want to get up off his ass. I dont make threats, I dont yell, but he knows I’m deadly serious. He’s been a great help ever since.

Post # 5
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Make pumpkin pie the day before, doesn’t make a difference in the taste. In general do as much ahead as you can so the day of you’re just putting hot food in the oven! And yes start the turkey earlier than you think!

Post # 6
751 posts
Busy bee

Mashed potatoes in the crock pot! Also if you have a turkey toaster that always works faster than the oven and frees up the oven to cook other dishes.

Post # 7
7897 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

motherbee33 :  my tricks for smooth hosting are to plan ahead and write everything down. Write out your menu and then figure out what pots/pans you need for each thing – you don’t want to plan two casseroles and then realize you are short a casserole dish (ask me how I know lol). Buy some foil pans if you need to! Prep as much as possible the day before and make a detailed timetable for the day of. With some many moving parts it’s easy to forget something. This exercise also makes sure you can actually pull off your menu – depending on the timing of everything you are planning you can see if you have the oven space etc or if you need to swap out a dish for something else. 

Post # 8
3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Make what you can the day before. Even doing things like peeling the potatoes for mashed potatoes and storing them in the fridge too cook on Thanksgiving can make a huge difference. If you’re making dessert, do that the day before (again, even if you decide to wait until Thanksgiving to actually put the pie in the oven, at least the filling is ready to go).

Make a list of what you’re cooking and how long you expect it to take. Then you can have a plan. For example, figure out how many things will have to go in the oven. Presumably you’ll be cooking a turkey, which will occupy the oven for many hours. So how early will you have to start the turkey in order to still have time to cook your casserole or whatever else will need to go in the oven? 

It’ll really help to have a schedule, so you can do everything in the most efficient order without forgetting about anything you planned to make.

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