THE CHEW’S TURKEY TIMELINE
*Timeline below is based on a 4:00pm dinnertime, using a single oven to cook a 15-pound turkey at 325°F.
If cooking a frozen turkey, start thawing in the refrigerator.
Make cranberry sauce, pie dough, stock, dips and appetizers.
- Set table with plates, platters, flatware, stemware and freshly-cleaned linens.
- Salt/Brine turkey (optional)
- Assemble stuffing and refrigerate
Watch how Mario's prepares his classic Sausage Ciabatta Stuffing!
- Make pies
10:30am Take turkey out of refrigerator, remove giblets, and pat dry.
11:30am Season/prep turkey, as desired, and place in preheated oven.
12:00pm Setup bar, chill wine, make extra ice.
1:00pm Prep/begin cooking stovetop side dishes
(mashed potatoes, braised cabbage, caramelized carrots with quinoa)
1:30pm Get dressed and ready to party!
2:00pm Prepare appetizers
Take prepared side dishes out of refrigerator and allow to come to room temp.
2:30pm Check turkey for doneness
3:00pm GUESTS ARRIVE
Remove turkey from oven (USDA recommends 165°F by inserting an instant-read thermometer between the leg/thigh joint), lightly tent with foil and let rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.
While turkey rests, cook stuffing and casseroles in oven.
3:15pm Make gravy and open the wine to be served with dinner.
3:30pm Take butter out of refrigerator and let come to room temp.
Warm rolls/bread in oven
Start moving food from kitchen to table
Watch how Michael's carves his Thanksgiving bird!
4:00pm BE THANKFUL and ENJOY YOUR MEAL!