It’s that special time of the year as we gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas. Are you planning to host Thanksgiving dinner this year and not sure where to start? Once you know how many people will be there, it’s time to decide on the menu. Keep things simple and try not go overboard!
Pick the turkey: At least two weeks in advance, order a fresh turkey or buy frozen and keep in the freezer. Depending on the guest list size, you may need to include another meat. Ham always goes well with turkey. Secure the ham at the same time as the turkey. Smoked ham on the grill is simple and always a hit.
Plan the menu: Pick your favorite turkey recipe and plan the side dishes. We suggest serving 1-2 appetizers, 3-4 sides and 2-3 dessert options. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, people will be happy to bring a side dish, rolls, or dessert. This will take away some of the stress as you host the big day. Just be sure everyone doesn’t show up with sweet potato casseroles!
Prepare the meal: If your turkey or ham is frozen, start the thawing process at least 24 hours in advance. The turkey and ham can be cooked in the oven or smoked on the grill.
Casseroles and side dishes can be assembled the day before. Desserts should be prepared ahead of time as well. Bake casseroles and reheat sides while turkey is cooking and resting. Remember, your outdoor grill is an extension of your indoor oven, be sure to utilize this extra cooking capacity for baking and reheating. Enlist help from your guest so that things come together smoothly.
Here’s a few recipes to consider as you start planning the menu. Get ready to host Thanksgiving dinner like a pro!