Like many of my readers, today will be my prep day for tomorrows feast. Like you, I’d like to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family and not be stuck in the kitchen all day.
My years as baker for retail bakeries have taught me to plan ahead. My mantra: “Prepare everything possible today to bake off fresh tomorrow”. There are major parts of the meal that can be completed today to make tomorrow easy. Most of these dishes are the “messiest”, so completing them today frees your kitchen from the mess tomorrow.
What to do today:
Mashed potatoes – I add a little cream cheese and sour cream so they taste delicious when warmed up. Put mashed potatoes in a buttered casserole dish to be warmed tomorrow.
Corn Bread – make the batter, spread in the pan, refrigerate and bake off tomorrow.
Make Turkey Stock – from the giblets and neck, celery, onion, seasonings – for stuffing and gravy
Saute’ celery and onions, cool and then refrigerate today to be added to the stuffing tomorrow
Trim and wash any Vegetables such as squash, beans
Desserts: Bake the pumpkin roll, fill and ice, Prepare pie/tart crusts and fillings, so tomorrow a.m., you can fill and bake and have fresh, warm pie! If you won’t have enough oven space, bake today.
I hope this guide will be helpful to you today and help you to have a wonderful, peaceful and enjoyable Thanksgiving tomorrow!