Congratulations, so you’re hosting the Thanksgiving dinner this year! Are you nervous? Well don’t be; here’s a surefire Thanksgiving dinner planner with grocery list including stores with best prices on holiday foods. Preparation timetable, organization, cooking instructions and easy recipes are also listed.
Thanksgiving grocery shopping list for a party of 10:
For best prices, buy supplies on the grocery list from Dollar Tree or Walmart
large foil roasting pan with handles
4 disposable baking pans with lids (2-pack at Dollar Tree)
25 square-foot package heavy duty aluminum foil
For best prices buy food on the grocery list from Walmart, Target, Dollar Tree, Aldi or Meijer. You might also take the grocery list at a fresh market for best prices on produce.
turkey (choose a large one and freeze leftovers
6 cans cut green beans
1 large can mushroom soup
1 large can french fried onions
8 large sweet potatoes
2 # bag brown sugar
2 # stick butter (2 boxes)
one large can pineapple or orange juice concentrate
1 24 oz loaf of white bread
one large onion
one stalk of celery
one large box or can chicken broth
one bag fresh cranberries
one can refrigerator biscuits
5 # white round potatoes
two frozen pies
one 8 ounce tub whipped topping
one gallon milk
cornstarch or flour for gravy (1/4 cup)
poultry seasoning or sage
apple or pumpkin pie spice
salt and pepper
Thanksgiving dinner preparation timetable:
Make these holiday foods two day before Thanksgiving dinner:
Thaw turkey in refrigerator.
Use up leftovers.
Clean out refrigerator.
Use the grocery list to go shopping or shop ahead and get best prices on holiday foods.
Make these holiday foods recipes one day before Thanksgiving dinner. You will seen ITMT in recipes. That indicates “in the mean time”, meaning do this while the previous stage of cooking is happening). Preparing Thanksgiving dinner is all about multitasking.
Use large blunt bread knife to cube loaf of bread.
Spread bread cubes in a single layer to dry out. Cover loosely with towel. (Protect from pets and kids who for some reason love bread cubes.)
Bake frozen pies (Save boxes and put baked pie back in box. They will keep for one day.)
ITMT start mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes recipes. Set two large kettles, filled about two inches with water, to boil. You will add more water later but they will boil faster with less water. Wash white potatoes and sweet potatoes. Add sweet and white potatoes, jackets on, to each pan. Add about two more inches of water. Cover. Cook till tender: white potatoes cook about 20-30 minutes and sweet potatoes cook about 45 minutes.
ITMT make Thanksgiving cranberries recipe. Rinse cranberries. Place in sauce pan with one cup of water and one cup of sugar (brown or white). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 40 minutes. Berries will begin to pop and whistle as they soften.
ITMT prepare Thanksgiving turkey and giblts. Remove turkey from refrigerator. Remove packaging from turkey. From chart on wrapping, calculate cooking time based on size of bird and when you plan to eat. Remove giblets bag from neck cavity and tail from tail cavity. Discard neck and giblets or save for stuffing. If using for stuffing, rinse all giblets and discard liver. Place neck, tail and all giblets except liver in small sauce pan. Simmer until tender.
ITMT prep Thanksgiving turkey. Rinse entire bird, including cavities to get any ice out. Pat turkey dry and spray with non-stick cooking spray if it’s not basted already. Place bird in foil pan with lift out handles. Cover loosely with foil and return to refrigerator
ITMT start Thanksgiving stuffing recipes. In a large frying pan, melt 2 sticks of butter on low. Season with one teaspoon of sage, poultry seasoning, garlic, black pepper and marjoram if you have it. Watch it as butter burns easily. ITMT pare and chop onion. Add to melted butter. While it sautees, wash, pare and chop celery. Add to onion and butter. Simmer until vegetables are tender.
ITMT continue prepping white and sweet potatoes. Drain and cool all potatoes in cold water until you can handle them without getting burned. ITMT, start sweet potatoes sauce recipe. Melt 3 sticks of margarine and add one pound of brown sugar and one can orange juice. Blend and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thickened.
ITMT continue Thanksgiving stuffing recipe. Place dried bread cubes in a large mixing bowl. Pour butter, onion and celery sauce over bread.
Add chicken broth.Blend until butter and broth have soaked into bread. Place stuffing in baking dish and refrigerate overnight. Stuffing is best if it marinates. After you stuff the bird, you will have extra stuffing. Bake this separately in baking dish.
ITMT return to cooled potatoes. Remove skins from sweet potatoes. Arrange in one disposable baking dish and set aside. Remove skins from white potatoes and place in large bowl. Mash with potato masher or fork until smooth. Return to cooking pan along with two sticks of butter, one cup of milk, salt and pepper. Heat on low and blend all ingredients, stirring constantly. Pour into another disposable baking dish. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Pour orange brown sugar sauce over sweet potatoes. Cover and place in refrigerator on top of white potatoes. Pour cranberry sauce into baking dish. Cool, cover and refrigerate. Put feet up and have a glass of wine!
Make these holiday foods on Thanksgiving Day:
Remove turkey from pan and fill neck and tail cavities with stuffing. Replace in pan and cover loosely with foil again. Place in oven on 325 degrees. Bake leftover stuffing in baking dish with turkey. ITMT start green bean casserole recipe. Rinse and drain green beans and place in baking dish. Add mushroom soup and season with pepper. Top with French fried onions and bake about 30 minutes with turkey. Bake rolls or biscuits. Bake cold mashed white potatoes if you have room in oven, about one hour. In the last 30 minutes of baking turkey, remove foil and increase heat to 400 to brown. Add sweet potatoes at this time and bake for 30 minutes. Remove turkey from oven when timer pops up. Let turkey sit for 15 minutes before you cut. Serve on good paper plates and use plastic tableware and cups to make Thanksgiving cleanup easier on you. Enjoy your labors and your family. Happy Thanksgiving!