Hey guys – if you’re cooking a turkey on Thursday, I need you to stop what you’re doing right now and make sure it’s thawing. It doesn’t need to be THAWED, but it needs to be working on it.
Among other things, let’s think about some other turkey (and its friends) related things to consider.
1. Timing is everything. Double and triple check your bird’s weight, the cook time recommended by more than one cookbook/website/podcast. Once you have that number, use it – plus dinner time – to back out when you need to start cooking. Don’t forget – the turkey will need to rest at least 15-30 minutes.
2. Space will be at a premium. Especially oven space. Just keep that in mind.
3. Take shortcuts. I won’t tell. Frozen rolls, bagged salads, bakery pies, heat and serve mashed potatoes – these can take some serious pressure off of your Thanksgiving cooking.
4. Set out a snack. A cheese plate with crackers, some hummus, Chex mix. Something for guests to nibble on will buy you at least 20-30 minutes to put finishing touches on the meal.
5. Don’t forget to enjoy the day. Do whatever you need to do to make it fun with family and friends, instead the final round of Chopped. Delegate dishes to guests, like send your dad for a bag of ice or your sister to buy a cake or pie, or skip that fifth side dish in favor of being able to sit and chat with those around you.
Happy Thanksgiving. And go check on that turkey!