Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu
Your Get-Ahead Holiday Plan
7 Days Ahead: Make the cranberry sauce; cover and chill. Prepare cranberry ice cubes for punch. Keep frozen.
4 Days Ahead: Make butter mixture for turkey; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before using. Make dip; cover and chill.
3 Days Ahead: Bake cake (do no glaze). Wrap well and refrigerate. Bring to room temperature and glaze 6 hours before serving.
2 Days Ahead: Make cranberry mixture for gravy; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature and stir before serving. Prepare stuffing through Step 3. Allow to cool entirely, cover with plastic wrap and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour, stir in additional 1/2 cup broth before continuing to cook. Prepare sweet potato casserole through Step 3. Let cool completely, uncovered. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature before reheating. When ready to serve, bake at 350° until bubbling, about 45 minutes. Roast carrots for salad; cover and chill. Prepare pecans for salad. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. Whisk together dressing for salad; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature and whisk again just before using.
1 Day Ahead: Prepare turkey through Step 3. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before roasting. Prepare oranges and grapefruit for salad; cover and chill.