Novice hosts, no need to be intimidated by a turkey! Follow this handy timeline for preparing our First-Time Thanksgiving Menu, and you'll get dinner on the table without a hitch.
Two Weeks Ahead
Reserve your bird. Whether you're picking up your turkey from your farmer or grocery store, or even ordering online, contact your purveyor and confirm that one will be available when the day arrives.
The Weekend Before
Clean the kitchen; it will help keep you organized and create room in your fridge. Toss any expired foods, wipe surfaces, and gather platters and cookware. Also wash and properly store produce and make the cranberry sauce.
Three Days Before
Thaw your turkey. If using a frozen turkey, defrost on a rimmed baking sheet on the bottom shelf of your fridge. Allow a full day for every four pounds of turkey being thawed.
Make the Herb-Marinated Olives and Garden Veggie Dip.
Two Days Before
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