Five Ways to Cook the Best Thanksgiving Dinner Ever
Published October 31, 2019
Our list of tips for cooking an unforgettable Thanksgiving Dinner for you and your guests.
The holiday season is almost here, and the pressure is on. You’ve been bombarded with images of perfectly roasted golden turkeys and mouthwatering homemade pies with picture-perfect table settings.
This year don’t let the stress of hosting your family’s Thanksgiving feast get to you. Here are our top five tips to make this the best Thanksgiving dinner ever!
1. Keep it Simple
If you’re not a culinary master, forget trying to pull out all the stops with a multi-course meal filled with every main and side dish known to man! Keep it simple and focus on a handful of holiday dishes. For Thanksgiving, turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, and a simple vegetable dish made well is good enough to make headlines. Sticking with the dishes that you’re comfortable making can eliminate any nervousness and worry. If you’re trying something new, be sure to give it a practice run a few days before.
2. Start Early and Prepare Food Over Multiple Days
Plan your menu, organize meal choices. and be sure to do your grocery shopping a week in advance. As Thanksgiving week starts, prepare and cook some dishes early that are easily reheated on Thursday. Sauces, dressings, soups, dips, spreads, pies, and other desserts are ideal candidates. Decorate and set up your seating the day before, allowing you the time to focus on the important cooking of the turkey and additional sides on Thanksgiving Day.
3. Check Your Cookware and Kitchen Tools
In addition to planning your menu, it’s important to take inventory of your cookware and the kitchen tools you’ll need to successfully prepare your Thanksgiving feast. Verify that you have the things you might need but don’t use often. This includes items like that old turkey baster, a potato masher, and the kitchen aid mixer. Bonus tip: Create a timing list to review cooking times and ensure there’s room in the oven, enough burners, and workspace to bring each dish across the finish line at about the same time.
4. Plan Your Decor
From Thanksgiving centerpieces to garlands and wreaths, the best way to infuse cheer and holiday spirit into your meal is to decorate your home. Be creative and decorate the table with fruits, nuts, small pumpkins, and gourds. It looks great, and your guests can nibble as they gather around your table.
5. Have A Backup Plan
A missing ingredient, overcooking, or a dish that simply falls flat can derail the best-laid plans. Always have a backup plan in place. Avoid disaster by picking up a pumpkin cheesecake or a fall-themed cookie platter to have on hand in a pinch. Keep a pre-made pie crust in the refrigerator and store a few boxes of stuffing and cans of cranberry sauce in the pantry just in case that homemade recipe doesn’t pan out. While your inner chef would like to make everything from scratch, sometimes a few shortcuts are necessary – and that’s OK!
Bonus Tip: Leave It To The Pros!
And finally, if your family prefers to dine out for Thanksgiving, or this just seems like too much work for a busy holiday schedule, be sure to make your reservation at our signature restaurant, One Lincoln. Enjoy our special Thanksgiving menu with your loved ones and leave the cooking to us!