Thanksgiving dinner is one of the largest feasts prepared during a year, and everything has to be impeccable. Starting with the food, through the table setting and all the way to decorations. The turkey, the stuffing, sauces, side dishes and dessert preparation rituals are numerous and everyone likes to add some of their own secret ingredients during the preparation. We offer you the ultimate thanksgiving dinner guide to help you organize an incredible feast for you and your family.
The Dinner Plan
You should order your turkey at least two weeks in advance, to avoid last minute shopping. The best way to organize your grocery shopping is to plan ahead what food will be prepared for Thanksgiving dinner. The menu could include drinks such as red and white wine, Wassail, and English Harvest, different sodas and sparkling water. Appetizers and side dishes are also important part of the dinner so do not forget to make enough for everyone. Furthermore, plan for two separate grocery-shopping expeditions. The first one a week beforehand, to stock up on non-perishables or items with longer expiration dates. Buy the fresh items and all the last-minute ingredients during the next shopping, two or three days before Thanksgiving. The best cookware and all the necessities for preparing the dinner could be found at Peters of Kensington, so if you do not have the appropriate pans, pots, visit them. The turkey requires extra care including proper thawing, for two to three days ahead of time.
We have prepared the exotic Pear, Almond, and Cherry Stuffing that will make your turkey extra delicious. Melt ¼ butter in a large Dutch oven, over medium heat. Cook 1 tsp of ginger, 2 onions, and 2 ribs of celery previously diced, and stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes until softened. Add 2 pears, ½ cup of dried cherries, 8 fresh sage leaves finely chopped, ½ tsp of salt and ½ tsp of pepper. Cook about 6 minutes until pears are softened. Stir in ½ cup of almonds and ½ cup of fresh chopped parsley. Scrape into a large bowl. Add bread cubes from one loaf a day-old bread and broth to bowl. Toss to moisten. Scrape into 13- x 9-inch, baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes in 400ºF (200ºC) oven. Uncover and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes until it is golden.
This sauce requires 2 ½ cups of cranberries, ½ cup of granulated sugar, 2 tsp of grated orange zest, ½ cup of orange juice. Mix all the ingredients into the pot, and bring to boil. Simmer until cranberries begin to break down, and then put in the refrigerator until it is chilled. Many people tend to make a common mistake when preparing the sauce; they put the frozen cranberries into the pot. Make sure to thaw the cranberries first, then cover the saucepan to increase the heat and preserve the moisture; this will make the cranberries pop sooner. Moreover, it will prevent the cranberries to thaw in the pot, and juice to evaporate, and making the sauce congealed.
The food is ready and the delicious meal is ready to be served. If you want to make the best of this lovely event, set the mood with some table and room decorations. The entire evening will be fabulous thanks to your amazing creativity.
Article By: Emma Lawson
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