Thanksgiving typically involves appetizers, a cornucopia of vegetables cooked every which way, a huge turkey, stuffing, and inevitably some kind of pie. Factor in the reality that most of these items require oven cooking, and you might just have a stressful oven situation on your hands. So how does one avoid an oven jam while making sure all of the day's dishes are done at the same time? The key is to keep in mind how much oven space there is to work with and to adjust the menu accordingly.
- Select appetizers that can be made ahead of time and be served cold or that don't require oven time at all. Caramelized leek, goat cheese, and bacon dip or microwaveable spinach artichoke dip served with sliced bread or fresh vegetables would be two great options.
- Cook anything that you can the day before to save time and oven space.
- A surprising number of dishes can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature. Think green beans,