Your First Thanksgiving Dinner:
|10:45a.m.||Turkey out of fridge.|
|12:15p.m.||Turkey in oven.|
|1:30p.m.||Prepare various veggies and side dishes.|
|2:30p.m.||Prepare dinner roll dough, let rise.|
|3:30p.m.||Punch dinner roll dough down, let rise.|
|4:00p.m.||Make green bean casserole. Remove scalloped potatoes and candied yams from fridge. Let sit.|
|4:30p.m.||Remove turkey from oven. Prepare carrots. Candied yams in oven. Scalloped potatoes in oven.|
|5:00p.m.||Boil potatoes for mashed potatoes. Start gravy.|
|5:15p.m.||Yams, green bean casserole, and potatoes out of oven. Dinner rolls in oven.|
|5:25p.m.||Dinner rolls out of oven. Mash potatoes.|
More First Thanksgiving Dinner Tips
Test drive. Try not to debut any of your recipes on the day. You don't have to make a full test Thanksgiving dinner in September if you don't want to, but do test each recipe you want to try out, just to make sure they all taste as good as they sound... and that they're do-able for you. If you found yourself sweating and slaving over a particular side dish, leave it out-- even if you loved it.
Consider your space. Don't make five Thanksgiving side dishes that need to be in the oven at the same time if you only have space for two. A simple idea, but an easy one to forget when it comes time to plan.
Just buy it. Especially for your first Thanksgiving dinner, don't be afraid to buy some items. Frozen rolls, for instance, taste just as good as home made, especially when they're fresh-baked. Nobody will fault you for it but you.
Time to shop. Buy your groceries as far ahead as you can. Buy canned and dry goods at least a week ahead of the date, and fresh ones a couple days before Thanksgiving. Go over your menu and shopping list after each purchase. This will make it harder to miss something and have to send a complaining husband or boyfriend to do last-minute shopping during the game.
Get help. Hosting your first Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal, so think about sharing the responsibility with a friend or relative. You might not want to ask Mom for help --after all, that wouldn't count--, but you may want to share work with, say, your sister or your best friend.
Everyone Needs Some Thanksgiving Help Sometimes
Maybe this sounds cheesy, but Thanksgiving --whether your first or fiftieth-- is about spending time with the people you love. If everything isn't perfect, don't worry about it. Sit back, have a laugh about those burnt rolls, and cover that dry turkey in some of your delicious gravy. You'll get more practice next year.
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For your first Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to take the responsibility for preparing the turkey out of your hands. And out of your kitchen.
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