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- shopping lists completed
- perhaps initial shopping completed
I will make the following items on Wednesday:
- Mashed potatoes
- sweet potatoes
- stock for gravy
Stuffing. I don't stuff my turkey. I make the stuffing and if, like me, your last step is baking it in the oven, then stop there and put it in the fridge. Having lots of 9 x 13 pans makes all this much easier. Again, keep it covered with plastic and make it a teensy bit more moist than you would if you were going to bake it right away.
Sweet potatoes are the same principle as above.
For the gravy, I've saved backs from chickens for the last month or so in the freezer. Thaw them out, and make a really rich stock from them using packaged chicken or turkey broth as the base and lots of browned vegetables. I can do a whole tutorial on this if anyone is interested (but my backs are still thawing).
I do not make rolls from scratch for Thanksgiving. There is just so much good bread out there, this isn't a time you probably want to hassle with it. I buy Rhodes frozen roll dough (Texas rolls this year!) and they sit and thaw all day Thursday in their muffin tins out of my way.
One more note. You need to let the turkey rest for twenty minutes after it comes out of the oven, so you have some time to make sure everything is hot and ready when it comes time to carve.
More questions? This isn't exhaustive, just the high points.