One-Day Thanksgiving Checklist

We made this meal in one day (actually, we did it three times), to be sure that you could, too. Here’s how to pull it off.

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  • Stuff the thyme butter under the turkey skin and bring the turkey to room temperature.

  • Make the cranberry relish.

  • Trim the spinach.

  • Prepare the stuffing (do not bake).

  • Toast the pecans.

  • Wash and spin-dry the frisée and lettuce.

  • Make the dressing.

  • Make the cake.

2 Hours Before Dinner

  • Roast the turkey.

1 Hour Before Dinner

  • Bake the stuffing.

  • Bake the sweet potatoes (do not broil).

30 Minutes Before Dinner

  • Make the mashed potatoes.

  • Make the gravy.

Just Before Dinner

  • Make the spinach.

  • Top the sweet potatoes with the cheese and broil.

  • Toss the salad.

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