Thanksgiving Is Coming – an Advanced Prep Weekend Special

turkey gravy boatIs it the weekend already? I’d give a thank you and hallelujah but freelancers work weekends too! Anyway, what’s on for you this weekend? Maybe some work in the garden followed by a little advanced prep for Thanksgiving? Sounds like you might need an  easy fix for dinner.

First, let’s cover some of those Thanksgiving recipes that you can fix and freeze in advance:

How about soup?

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is a perfect do-ahead dish and a favorite at my house. If squash is not your thing, my Wild Mushroom Soup is another good choice. Both soups freeze beautifully as long as you don’t add the cream. Add the cream when you reheat it on Thanksgiving.

Will you be baking pies for Thanksgiving?

pastry_doughMake the dough for the pie crusts now and freeze it. Here is my standby for Flakey Pastry Dough. Don’t forget to double the recipe for double crust pies.

If you have a crowd staying overnight, you might also want to bake up a batch of muffins or scones to freeze. My Pumpkin-Ginger Muffins and Apple Muffins are both good options. Unless you’d rather try my Applesauce Scones or Ginger Scones.

If you are feeling extra efficient, you can also make the Cranberry Sauce and freeze it. Or save that task for next weekend!

If you want to get a jump on things, you can order the turkey or check your serving dishes. You’ll want to make sure nothing has broken in the last year or left behind at a potluck.

After all that, you will probably want to call out for pizza! Or maybe you’ll whip up your own pie. How about my Greek Pizza or Flatbread with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions & Spinach?

On the other hand … if you roasted up butternut squash earlier in the day … maybe you thought to roast a little extra for Roasted Butternut Squash Crostini. They are delicious, great with a glass of wine and a comfortable armchair! You might also indulge in some Ravioli with Roasted Butternut Squash or Butternut Squash Risotto. If you’re having pizza (take out or make-your-own), maybe you’ll toss up some Mixed Greens with Warm Roasted Squash.

Busy though it may be, have a great weekend and bon appétit!

Are you in charge of Thanksgiving dinner this year? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!

© Susan W. Nye, 2015

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