Thanksgiving Meal Plan & Organization

This weekend, I planned our Thanksgiving menu. To make it easier on myself, keep organized and not have any surprise missing ingredients on the big day, I've compiled my recipe list, listing the ingredients for each recipe individually. I then compiled a master list (shown below), listing all the ingredients together. This way, I hope to not overlook anything by saying "Of course we have enough garlic/sugar/flour/butter," since I really have no idea the total amount we need, leading to a panic on turkey day.

Alton Brown's Roast Turkey*
Mashed Potatoes*
Sweet Potatoes
Apple and Sage Stuffing*
Cranberry Relish*
Green Salad with Cranberry Dressing
Sauteed Green Beans with Thyme and Onion*
Pumpkin Pie with spiced whipped cream
Ice Cream with Pumpkin Seed Brittle  
Turkey Stock (to be made with the two carcasses, not for Thanksgiving per se, but shortly after)
Cranberry Muffins ('cuz something has to sustain your while you are cooking!)

*shown in photos above, from Thanksgiving 2009

Whew. It looks like a TON of ingredients at first, but when I combined the various amounts and then omitted the items we had in our fridge or pantry, it became a much more manageable list. Salt, pepper and water have been omitted completely since we have a pretty substantial supply of each. I also listed by grocery department to make sure nothing was forgotten and to make the thanksgiving day shopping a bit more streamlined. The items we have on hand, and therefore don't have to buy, are listed in italics.

1 (14 to 16 pound) frozen young turkey
1 (10 to 14 pound) frozen young turkey

5 lg eggs

1 c. Manchego Cheese
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 3/4 c. cold butter, plus 7 tbsp
1 3/4 c. crisco
1 package feta cheese

8 tablespoons fresh thyme
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tbsp rosemary plus 4 sprigs
8 parsley stems, plus one bunch
4 basil stems
3 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons allspice berries

1 1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
1 cinnamon stick plus 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6 leaves sage plus 3 tbsp
2 tbsp whole dried sage
2 tsp poultry seasoning (oregano, marjoram, thyme, rosemary, sage)
1/2 tsp plus 1 pinch nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pantry Staples
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
6 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp dijon mustard

3 tablespoons olive oil plus 1/3 c.
Canola oil
1 pound 6 ounces granulated sugar, plus 3/4 c plus 1/3 c, plus 3 tbsp
2 tsp baking powder
1 teaspoon vegetable oil, plus additional for coating

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

1 tbsp white or cider vinegar
3 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp honey

2 cups yellow onion
6 cups white onion
1/2 red onion
2 cups leeks plus 1 leek, green and white parts
2 cups mushroom trimmings, wiped clean
1 cup large dice carrots plus 4 carrots
1 cup large dice celery plus 9 stalks
1 cup large dice turnips
1 cup large dice parsnips
1 cup large dice yellow squash
1 cup large dice zucchini
8 Roma tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup garlic cloves plus 5 tbsps
1 red apple, sliced
1 bag potatoes
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3 medium Granny Smith Apples
1 lb, plus 1 1/4 c. cranberries
4 ounces frozen cranberries
salad greens
2 pounds green beans, rinsed, ends trimmed
2 oranges
3 tbsp ginger

2 cups white wine
2 c. Chicken Stock, plus 1 liter, plus 24 oz.
1 whole canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
1 teaspoon adobo sauce from can of peppers
8 ounces red wine
2 cups orange juice plus 3/4 cups
1 c sliced almonds
1/2 cup pecans
7 ounces hulled pumpkin seeds (these are the green ones)

We're going to go shopping early Saturday so that we beat as much of the crowds as possible. We'll make things like the pie crusts, the bread for the stuffing, vegetable stock, the brittle and the muffins the previous weekend to get a jump start. We plan to make the pumpkin pie the day before so it has time to chill. The rest we'll do the day-of, but it all comes together pretty quick once all the prep work (chopping and measuring) are completed. Nick will baby our turkey all day, so that's something I won't have to worry about.

How are you planning on organizing or streamlining your Thanksgiving?

1 lovely comments:

  1. Looks like a fantastic menu!! I finished mine up and printed a rough draft. I even blogged about it today, feel free to stop on by.