My Thanksgiving dinner menu is always the same with some tweaking to the side dishes. But no one allows me to alter the basic menu, and I completely agree. Why change perfection.
However, for us it is the whole weekend. Relatives and friends drop in and out during the weekend. I need to plan three breakfasts, three dinners and two lunches, besides the Thanksgiving feast. And I do not want to spend the weekend cooking but visiting and enjoying the festivities. So here is my menu plan and the battle plan to accomplish the great weekend.
Wednesday November 21st
Twice Baked Potatoes
Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting
Pecan Glazed Ham
Herb Stuffing with Sausage, Leeks and Mushrooms
Garlic Mashed Potato
Green Bean Casserole
Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole
Philadelphia Cheese Cake
Friday November 23rd
Breakfast - Out and shopping
Lunch - Leftovers
Dinner - Lasagna
Cesar Salad with Herb Croutons
Saturday November 24th
Breakfast- Pecan Waffles
Herb Scrambled Eggs
Lunch - Out with the Family
Dinner - White Chicken Chili
Turkey and Cranberry Panini
Sunday November 25th
Breakfast - Sausage Balls
Sunday Lunch - Turkey Tetrazzini
My Game Plan
Here is my list of items on my menu that can be made ahead and frozen. Now if you don't like frozen food. The key to frozen food tasting like fresh baked is the thawing and re-heating process. The items should be carefully wrapped with aluminum foil only after they have cooled, thoroughly. All the dinner items can be thawed the evening before and re-heated in a 300 degree oven at various times.
Freeze Ahead: Twice Baked Potatoes
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
White Chicken Chili
Other items are going to be packaged together to make them easy to pull together for a meal.
Packaged together but put separately in small Ziploc bags:
Garden Salad - Lettuce
Breakfast Casserole items put in a basket to pull together on Wednesday evening.
Green Bean Casserole items put into a basket.
Waffles - dry ingredients pulled together and label with what other items I need.
Turkey Tetrazzini - Pull items together into a basket.
I keep a sheet of all the recipes put together and all the menus. My battle plan is a way for me to keep on track during the weekend. Each morning, I tackle the laundry and change it during breakfast.
Have you started planning for the Thanksgiving dinner?
Now with all the Thanksgiving planning... I need to think about this week.. I have an extra class to teach and a TV segment for a Halloween Table. I am working on costumes and cookies for the Halloween Holiday!!
So another week of delicious dinners that are easy to pull together
Stuffed Pork Roast
Sautéed Green Beans
Out with Family
Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Church Trunk and Treat
Chocolate Chip Cookies