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How to plan your Thanksgiving Menu

  • STEP 1

    Determine the guest list. Are there any kids? Are there any food allergies or special accommodations to be made?

  • STEP 2

    Choose the right size turkey for the number of guests you’re hosting. The general guideline is 1 – 1.5 pounds of turkey per person, this accounts for bone weight of the bird. And of course, who doesn’t love leftovers!

  • STEP 3

    The turkey is the hero, but it’s time to think about sides. Do you have any family favorite recipes you’d like to include for the holiday?

  • STEP 4

    Find a balance of lighter, healthier dishes with heavier comfort foods. Like a seasonal salad paired with mashed potatoes, or roasted autumn vegetables with cornbread stuffing.

  • STEP 5

    Consider the variety of flavors on your menu like the salty gravy, sweet candied yams, a bright citrus salad, smokey greens with bacon, and buttery rich rolls.

  • STEP 6

    Keep in mind the cooking times and methods to avoid an over-crowded oven or too much stress for the host. Even better if a few things could be made the night before.

  • STEP 7

    And last, don’t forget the pie! You can’t go wrong with classic pumpkin with whipped cream or apple a la mode.

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