thanksgiving-turkey-checklist

Step-by-Step Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Checklist

Use this timeline to help plan and prep your make-ahead Thanksgiving dinner menu.

Up to 3 Days in Advance

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    Make the cider glaze for the Cider-Glazed Turkey; refrigerate.

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    Make the gravy base for the Bourbon Gravy; refrigerate. (Alternatively, make and freeze up to 1 month in advance.)

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    Make the Jellied Cranberry-Ginger Sauce; refrigerate.

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    Make the Fig and Cranberry Compote; refrigerate.

Up to 2 Days in Advance

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    Prep the vegetables for the turkey; refrigerate.

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    Prep the Sausage and Apple Stuffing (but do not bake); refrigerate.

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    Make the Scalloped Potatoes (but do not bake); refrigerate. (Alternatively, make and freeze up to 1 month in advance.)

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    Toast the pecans for the Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots With Rosemary and Pecans; store at room temperature.

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    Make the Sweet Potato Pie; refrigerate.

1 Day in Advance

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    Make the No-Knead Onion Rolls; store at room temperature.

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    If frozen, transfer the gravy base and/or scalloped potatoes to refrigerator to thaw.

Thanksgiving Morning

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    Bring the stuffing and potatoes to room temperature.

4 Hours Before the Meal

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    Roast the turkey.

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    Make the Candied Nut Cream for the sweet potato pie; refrigerate.

1 Hour Before the Meal, While the Turkey Rests

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    Bake the potatoes.

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    Bake the stuffing.

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    Finish the gravy.

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    Bring the cranberry compote to room temperature.

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    Unmold the jellied cranberry sauce; refrigerate.

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    Bring the sweet potato pie to room temperature.

1/2 Hour Before the Meal

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    Cook the carrots.

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    Cook the Brussels sprouts.

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    Warm the onion rolls, if desired.

Just Before the Meal

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    Carve the turkey.