This past weekend I hosted my second annual Friendsgiving.
But, unlike last year, I took on the task of cooking the turkey.
My first one, like ever, and I decided on a 20 pounder.
Yup. My Mom was so graciously standing by her phone all day for me to call frantically. Butterball Hot line? But I was able to get by with only 3 calls; how to make gravy, where the heck cranberry sauce is in the grocery store and an end of night party recap.
One huge thing I learned was that Thanksgiving is ALL about timing. If you’ve only got one oven, you must plan and prep side dishes that don’t require it. You must plan out your menu and set reminders and timers.
Because, let’s face it, when the guests start arriving you’ll completely forget about that brie puff pastry appetizer that you popped under the broiler.
In all reality, the bird is the easiest of the whole day! My big Bertha took about 4hrs and change and was perfect. Also on my menu…
- Vegetarian Lasagna in the crock pot
- Creamy Mashed Potatoes
- Brie Puff Pastry with a Raspberry Jam spread
- Spanakopita, French Onion Puffs (Thanks Traders!)
- And this turkey recipe!