How to Prepare a Thanksgiving Feast in Less than 8 Hours

As the biggest food day of the year approaches, I am sure many of you may be already dreading all the prep and time it takes to get Thanksgiving dinner on the table. Am I right?

Well, I am here to relieve you of all that stress this year. Yes, Thanksgiving Dinner can be prepared in 8 hours max…seriously.

Let's start with the star of the Thanksgiving show, the Turkey. My 5-Ingredient Rosemary Lemon Roast Turkey is roasted breast-side-down at a higher temperature, then rotated. I roast the turkey for 3 hours, then turn off the oven & allow the turkey to continue cooking as the oven slowly cools. The turkey is succulent & flavorful.

This year, thanks to an article I read on Food52, I decided to replace my stock in my stuffing & use heavy cream & milk instead. The result? A savory bread pudding so delicious that there were hardly any leftovers! Yes, 4-Onion Bread Pudding with Roasted Garlic & Celery can rival any stuffing, hands down!

Carrot Soufflé has become a staple at our Thanksgiving table & it now replaces sweet potatoes! This side dish is sweet & delicious! I served it this year in individual soufflé cups, which was a lovely presentation.

Adding dried cranberries to fresh cranberries creates a thick, jelly-like cranberry sauce that is amazing. I also substitute cranberry juice for water in my 4-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce. It's delicious! You's be adding this to everything from sandwiches to desserts!

Brussels sprouts seem to be a Thanksgiving staple as well. This year, we are roasting the little guys with pancetta, drizzling the roasted veggies with pomegranate molasses and a touch of balsamic glaze, then adding fresh pomegranate seeds. This may become a Holiday staple as well.

For an appetizer, I am serving Ricotta Pear Crostini, which can be made in less than 15 minutes! This is the perfect answer to staving off hunger pangs!

For dessert, try my 5-Ingredient No-Cook Pumpkin Ice Cream & serve it alone or with Pumpkin Pecan Crumble Pie.

This menu sounds complicated, but it isn't. You can have everything done in 8 hours...or, prep a day or two ahead of time so you have little to do on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, you, too, can relax & enjoy this wonderful time of the year as well! Happy Thanksgiving!