Operations Thanksgiving: turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and sweet potato pie are in your future.
Or you can skip the turkey and adopt a turkey instead.
If you’re throwing Thanksgiving yourself, it’s time to start getting real about the prep situation.
It can be overwhelming.
I once prepared a Thanksgiving feast for over 50 guests.
I was a newlywed, eager to entertain my in-laws.
It was a beautiful meal and I am, to this day, still very proud of it.
A few years later, I made a more intimate Thanksgiving for eight.
My dad and my grandmother were there.
The meal was beautiful, but there was no gravy.
I had no idea how to make it from scratch.
My dad commented and my grandmother said, “I suppose some traditions are lost with each generation”.
She told me and I went into the kitchen and made gravy.
BUCKETS of gravy.
There was SO much gravy.
We went from gravy-drought to being rich in gravy.
Today, we laugh about it.
At the time, I cried.
I was so overwhelmed.
I just wanted it to be perfect.
Both meals, while beautiful, were stressful.
I had no idea how to calculate how much of anything I would need to make.
How big of a turkey do I need?
How much pie?
What about all the side dishes?
It can be nerve-racking and nothing is more defeating than making a knock-your-socks-off-dish and not having enough–or listening to the family complain they are still eating the fruits of your labor.
Operation Thanksgiving computation starts now.
While we realize our friends and families aren’t all that average, the serving estimates are based on the average adult.
Work out the proper poundage and roast it right. Always make enough stuffing, don’t forget those dinner rolls, and definitely don’t forget that people will have more than one piece of the pie.
The Savory put together an infographic to serve as the ultimate recipe for hosting a perfect Thanksgiving.
Whether you want to know how many pounds of turkey to cook for that small intimate Thanksgiving of 5, or for the extended family dinner, how many dinner rolls to pick up, or exactly how long to brine a turkey, let this infographic guide you and through Thanksgiving.
It’s something to be thankful for.
Keep in Mind:
There is no exact formula for cooking for a group of people, so you have to consider your people.
Do they really enjoy eating?
My children can tell you a time when a guest ate TWO. WHOLE. Blueberry pies.
I didn’t expect that.
Will many children be present?
Are most people in your crowd weight-conscious?
All these questions and similar ones impact how much food you prepare.
Check it out:
Here are my favorite recipes for Roast Turkey with pan gravy and homemade cranberry sauce.
You can even buy an oven-ready turkey that can go from freezer to oven.
Here is more information on Thanksgiving Pantry Staples
Take a deep breath.
You got this.
This infographic makes Thanksgiving planning manageable.
It’s what you need to know at a glance.
Start your shopping list and enjoy your time in the kitchen.
May you have more to be thankful for each day.
While your cooking, take a look at these Startling facts about Thanksgiving
Here are some ideas for leftovers: