Hola Amigas! Happy Thanksgiving Week.
We’re one week away from Thanksgiving and all the delicious food that comes with it. Turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, green been casserole– oh my. Raise your hand if every year, you feel overwhelmed by your Thanksgiving Day cooking to-do list. Girl, I’m right there with you! This year, I decided to make my Turkey Day easier by food-prepping the week of. I am so excited to share my time-saving, recipe for success tips with you!
Prep Your Turkey
Turkey prep seems obvious so just use this as a nice reminder! If you bought a frozen turkey, be sure to take it out of the freezer at least 6 days in advanced depending on the size. No one wants a frozen turkey! You can Brine your turkey up to 48 hours before you cook it, to ensure it has nice flavor.
Make Your Cranberry Sauce
Yes! You can pre-make your cranberry sauce up to three days before and no one would know the difference. Also, A+ for making your own! I personally go for the can.
Prep Your Dinner Rolls
The beautiful thing about dough is you can freeze it without sacrificing flavor or texture. That’s exactly what I do with my dinner rolls. Make the dough and roll it out into your preferred shape in advance then, popped them in the freezer. On Thanksgiving Day, place them on a baking sheet and put them in the oven right before serving dinner. You didn’t hear me say thaw? That’s right. They still taste fresh without thawing them before you bake them. You can do the same with pie crusts, cookie dough, etc.
Pre-Make Your Pies
Not only can you pre-make your pie crust, but your can pre-make the whole pie! The pie crust follows the same rules as your dinner rolls above. If you want to go the extra mile and really take some things off of your plate on Thanksgiving, make the filling too. Pour your filling into your pre-made pie crust and throw the complete pie in the freezer! About 3o minutes before your serve dessert, just take them out and bake in the oven. Everyone will think that you made the pies day of! This is great to do 1-2 days before Thanksgiving.
Prep Your Green Bean Casserole
Casseroles are a great make ahead dish! Cut your green beans the 2-3 days before to get the tedious task out of the way. Place in an air-tight container and you’re good to go. You can also, assemble the entire casserole. If you go with the latter option, mix together the green beans, your cream of mushroom soup, place it in your casserole dish, cover the dish and put in the refrigerator. Don’t put on the fried onions until you bake it on Thanksgiving day or else they’ll get soggy.
Chicas, I hope these few tips help you save time and have a stress-free holiday! Comment down below some of your own helpful holiday tips and tag a photo of your Thanksgiving dinner to @Reinventing50s on instagram! Have a happy Thanksgiving!