Thanksgiving Countdown: Menu Planning 101

Recipes, Tips + more

Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means it's time to start planning those menus and (dare we say it) start prepping. Call us crazy but we'll be making turkey stock, make-ahead gravy (yes, it's possible!) and a few batches of our all butter vodka pie crust this weekend to stash in the freezer until the big day. A little work now will save a lot stress later. Now on to the recipes!
First Step: Decide on the Main Dish
Whether you keep it classic with a roasted turkey opt for a vegan or vegetarian main, we've got plenty of options to choose from!
Dry Brined Spatchcocked Roasted Turkey
It may sound silly, but this turkey recipe will change your life. Go ahead and have an extra glass of wine Wednesday evening; this bird only needs about 90 minutes in the oven.
Roasted Acorn Squash with Gluten Free Stuffing
The umami flavor from the dried porcini mushrooms makes this a vegetarian friendly entree that the whole family will love. Looking for more Vegan and/or Vegetarian Thanksgiving tips? Be sure to check out Amy's Kitchen #NoTurkeyTalkathon on Twitter this Thursday, November 16th.
Second Step: Select the Sides!
Most of these items will need to wait until a day or two before the big day, but making things like herb butter (store in the freezer), homemade stock, and your grocery list now will put you ahead of the game!
20+ Holiday Potato Recipes
photo by @fitfoodiefinds
20+ Stuffing Recipes
photo by @somethingnewfordinner
20+ Gratin & Casserole Recipes
photo by @frommetovuu
20+ Holiday Buns & Roll Recipes
photo by @howsweeteats
20+ Holiday Green Recipes
photo by @jar.of.lemons
20+ Holiday Squash Recipes
photo by @sweetlaurelbakery
Third Step: Don't Forget Happy Hour!
Simple syrups and infused spirits can be made ahead of time as well!
20+ Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes
photo by @halfbakedharvest
20+ Fall Cocktail Recipes
photo by @kjandcompany
Last but not least Dessert!
Pie and tart dough was pretty much made to chill in the freezer!
20+ Cranberry Pie Recipes
photo by @rushyama
20+ Pear Dessert Recipes
photo by @snixykitchen
Want more Thanksgiving Inspiration? Be sure to visit the Thanksgiving category of our website and all of our curated menus here!
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