Thanksgiving Dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the whole year. By sticking to the basics and enlisting friends and family, you can succeed at hosting America’s favorite meal! Check our tips to survive your first Thanksgiving as a host!
Christmas may be right around the corner, but it's Thanksgiving Day that comes right before it that is a quintessentially American holiday! From the Macy’s parade to the start of the Christmas season, nothing quite captures the holiday spirit like a Thanksgiving dinner. And, while it can be a challenge to put on, there are ways to succeed at hosting for the occasion. Keep reading for some of our top tips for getting started!
Planning a Thanksgiving menu is a huge deal for those who like to host it for the first time. Here are some ways you can make your dinner go off without a hitch!
The cook time for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will vary depending on what you make. However, a lot of work can go into this special meal, and that’s why you need to plan ahead! If you’re serving soup, for example, it can be made a week in advance and reheated on the stove.
The Thanksgiving turkey is often the most important part of the menu and may need up to 5 days to thaw in a refrigerator. It will take up to 4 hours to cook so it gives you time to work on all your other dishes! Side dishes that are cold can be prepped in advance and put together on Thanksgiving Day. You can make favorites like cranberry sauce the day before.
If you’ve prepped dessert, side dishes, and your vegetables, all you’ll need to do is add heat! Share your tips for managing cooking time with others on FamilyApp!
There are some Thanksgiving food must-haves that make it hard to think of the holiday without them. If you’re planning your feast, be sure to include the following items! And don’t forget about the gravy and cranberry sauce!
Light, fluffy, and creamy-- the perfect side for turkey, ham, or roast beef.
large russet potatoes
peeled and cut in half lengthwise
salt and pepper
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Put potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender (this should be 20 to 25 minutes).
Drain, then put potatoes back into the pot. Turn to high heat and let the potatoes to rest for about 30 seconds, then turn off the heat.
Mash the potatoes with a potato masher, then add the butter and milk (and garlic, if desired). Continue to mash until desired consistency.
Whisk in the salt and black pepper until evenly distributed, about 15 seconds.
In a world where not all side dishes are created equal, which ones are the GOATs (greatest of all time)? These are some of the top Thanksgiving side dishes from around the country:
For more interesting info on how favorite Thanksgiving sides break down according to state, check out this fascinating map created by Zippia.
Well, it's no secret that turkey is the main event when it comes to Thanksgiving food. We do call it "Turkey Day," after all. But there's actually some data to confirm America's favorite main dish! According to YouGov, in a series of polls with Thanksgiving food matchups, turkey won 83% of the time. It was followed by mashed potatoes at 78% and stuffing at 77%. So if you're going to pick only a few dishes to really focus on, those are the ones!
Thanksgiving is one of the most popular holidays of the year--especially for the foodies out there! If you’re planning your first Thanksgiving menu, remember to prep Thanksgiving dinner appetizers ahead and choose no-fuss recipes. With foods as delicious as roasted turkey breast and pumpkin pie, you can’t go wrong. Do you have any great Thanksgiving recipes to share? Tell us about them on social #getfamilyapp! There as so many inspired dishes from this holiday that you’ll have ideas for years to come.