You: You want to make a nice thanksgiving for the fam and some friends. But your Detroit Lions are a priority.
Your SO: I want a traditional thanksgiving. No funky stuff!
You: But the reverse sphereized mushroom soup caviar in that deconstructed green bean casserole sounds awesome.
Your SO: NO! I want peas too.
You: Ok. Ok. But put microwaving the frozen peas on your blog.
Your SO: And I want you to pay attention to the guests, don’t just cook the whole time.
You: We can watch the game together.
Your SO: Ok. Ok.
So here’s the goal – watch the Lions game with minimal interruptions, have some snacks during the game, and eat (stuff) dinner for 8-10 at a normal time, say 4:30.
I.e. (2017 edition) Watch the Lions stuff the vikings and then stuff your face, all while being a thanksgiving hero sending everyone home with leftovers.
Very doable on the west coast, but to get this done, we need a plan.
Football Snacks aka Lunch
Spatchcocked Turkey (recipe below)
Sausage and Sage Dressing
Brussels Sprouts ala dell’anima
Rolls (i love the ones in the tube. sue me.)
Cranberry Sauce (i just follow the package)
Pumpkin Pie (still working on it!)
On the weekend, you should assemble all your gear, print out this plan and the recipes, clean your fridge, play some golf (sorry east coast friends.)
It’s grocery shopping day! Don’t worry. You will forget something. I always do. We have wednesday as a back up, and we have it in our plan to go back on wednesday to get cocktail shrimps.
You will also have a bunch of this stuff in your pantry already. So, print it off and check off what you have before you go shopping.
|Fruits and Veggies|
|1 stalk||brussels sprouts||2||shallots|
|3 large||white onion||1 bunch||celery|
|8 large||russet potatoes||2 lb||Pearl onions|
|3 boxes||butter||1 dozen||eggs|
|1 carton||whole milk||1 large||heavy cream|
|A couple||Cheeses for cheese and crackers||1 brick||cream cheese|
|16 oz||sharp cheddar|
|Herbs & Spices|
|1 box||morton’s kosher salt||pepper|
|Ground ginger||Ground cloves|
|2 heads||garlic||1 bunch||parsley|
|1 box||sage||1 box||thyme|
|1 Jar||Honey||White wine vinegar|
|8 oz||dried cranberry||8 oz||walnuts|
|2 loaves||italian bread||1 box||panko|
|1 tube||wondra flour||rolls|
|franks hot sauce||crackers|
|worcestershire||wine, beer, other booze|
|1||Turkey||1 lb||thick cut bacon|
|2 lbs||italian sweet sausage||3 lb||turkey parts: necks, backs, wings, etc|
Got all that stuff? Double check and note what you need to go back to the store for. Then stash your stuff in the fridge. Put the turkey in there to start thawing. You are going to spatchcock and brine it tomorrow.
Tuesday night is a good night to get started on things that will be awesome come thursday. Work at your own pace here just get it done.
Cut up bread for stuffing. Pop it in a bowl and cover with a kitchen towel overnight. You want the bread to dry out so it can absorb more moisture in the form of stock.
Play golf. 6:36am tee time.
|11:30am||Cut bread into cubes and layout on a sheet pan to finish drying|
|2:00pm||Heat oven to 450|
|2:05pm||Pull turkey from fridge, take out nasty bits, rinse, and then spatchcock that sucker|
|2:10pm||Put turkey back in fridge|
|2:15pm||Put turkey parts on sheet pan, roast|
|2:45pm||Pull turkey parts from oven, put in stock pot|
|2:46pm||Add 1 onion roughly cut, 2 carrots, 2 celery, parsley stems, peppercorns to stock pot|
|2:47pm||Cover with water, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer|
|2:57pm||Skim stock, do this roughly every 15 minutes or so.|
|3:00pm||Make pie crust|
|3:30pm||Prep veggies – onions, shallots, celery, brussels sprouts. Bag and stick in fridge|
|4:00pm||Take a break|
|4:30pm||Make pumpkin pie filling|
|4:45pm||Heat oven to temp for pie|
|5:00pm||Put pie in to bake|
|5:05pm||Make brine for turkey – 2 cups mortons for 1 gallon water. Heat and stir on low until salt just dissolved.|
|5:10pm||Fill a gallon container with ice, then add water. Combine with warm brine to cool warm brine to 40f.|
|5:15pm||Add turkey to brine, put in fridge.|
|7:00pm||Stock is done! Strain it and put it on stove on low.|
|7:30pm||Assemble sausage and sage dressing, put in fridge.|
|8:00pm||Make make ahead gravy|
|8:30pm||Toast panko for creamed onions|
|7:00am||Coffee. Eggs. Bacon. Toast.|
|7:30am||Evac turkey from brine, pat dry, put on sheet pan with veggies and back in fridge|
|8:00 am||Peel and dice potatoes, put in bowl and cover with water|
|8:30am||Prep pearl onions|
|9:00am||Watch pregame, talk to family|
|11:00am||Halftime, put out meats, cheese, and shrimps|
|12:30pm||Game over. Lions win! Start watching the other game|
|1:30pm||Pull turkey from fridge, rest on counter|
|2:00pm||Fire up oven to 450|
|2:30pm||Put turkey in oven|
|3:30pm||Start cooking sprouts|
|3:45pm||Start potatoes boiling|
|3:46pm||Start warming gravy|
|4:00pm||Pull turkey, set aside to rest. put stuffing in oven|
|4:01pm||Strain drippings from turkey in to bowl. Skim fat. Add to gravy|
|4:05pm||Potatoes should be done. pull strain. put butter and milk on. Rice potatoes and mash.|
|4:10pm||Assemble onion, put in oven|
|4:15pm||Put rolls in oven|
|4:20pm||Check onion, pull foil from stuffing|
|4:35pm||Assemble troops and eat!|