My F&W
quick save (...)

Thanksgiving Menu-Planning Tips

One of the hardest tasks at this time of year is deciding what to make. Some people are incredibly adventurous while others stick closer to tradition. There is usually so much food at Thanksgiving and so many delicious possibilities, putting together a balanced menu is very important, as is pacing the meal.

Here are some basic things to remember:

  1. Bear in mind the capacity of your ovens, stoves and serving platters, and select recipes accordingly.

  2. Keep the hors d’oeuvres on the light side, with maybe one rich one thrown in. This is not a great time to set out a cheese platter.

  3. Try not to repeat ingredients throughout the meal.

  4. Be sure to select some dishes that can be prepared well in advance.

  5. Order a sufficiently large bird—you don’t want to find yourself with sated guests but no leftovers.




Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    You might also like
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

    Tune in on Wednesdays at 10PM ET for Top Chef: Boston, the 12th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Already looking forward to next year (June 19-21, 2015)? Relive your favorite moments from the culinary world's most sensational weekend in the Rocky Mountains.