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thanksgiving dinner?

Im new to this, help me out please! Im not sure what to make, or even how to make it lol! Me and my fiance just got our own place, and this year everyone kind of volunteered us to cook, so Im a little nervous. If anyone has any ideas, or anything for what I could make, or any recipes, I would appreciate it alot! thanks


Asked by Jessica1991 at 12:14 PM on Nov. 16, 2008 in Food & Drink

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  • I am sure you'll do great! Just remember to keep it simple, don't try to do too many dishes. Ask everyone to contribute something, whether it be a side dish or appetizer or dessert. Make a list of what everyone is bringing, then figure out what you'll need to make to round out the shouldn't be much!

    Turkey couldn't be easier. For first timers, I always recommend a bag, which you can buy by itself, or you can purchase turkey already in the roasting bag. Butterball turkeys don't need basting and consistently rate very highly on taste tests. Rinse and pat dry the turkey, inside & out. Combine butter with thyme, rosemary, s&p, minced shallots, and sage and rub all over inside & out.

    If you stuff, remember that stuffing expands, so you want to do it just loosely and not too full. If not, quartered onions and lemons along with a few sprigs of rosemary make delicious turkey *and* drippings.

    Answer by jespeach at 3:55 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

  • Girl... Do this... Ask everyone to bring one main dish and you can worry about the turkey. That frees up your day quite a bit and you may just start a new tradition! I never thought it was fair of one person to do all the cooking anyway.

    Answer by pupmom at 12:20 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

  • never even thought about that. thanks!

    Answer by Jessica1991 at 12:26 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

  • Don't panic. Just keep it simple. Turkey, stuffing, potato and a vegetable. If others can/want to bring something, great! If not, just stick to the basics. Just rinse the turkey, inside & out. Pat it dry and rub butter on it or spray it with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic, sage & paprika. If you are going to stuff it, put the cold stuffing in just before putting it into the oven. If you aren't stuffing it, put a couple of cut onions into the cavity for flavor. Cook at 325 degrees for 20 minutes per pound. Buy a turkey that has a pop out indicator to tell you when it is finished. Cover the turkey with foil for the first couple of hours, then uncover and baste it.

    Answer by Marwill at 2:55 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

  • cont...

    A turkey with a pop-up timer is good, but you can use a meat thermometer too. 17 min per pound is about right, so a 16 lb turkey will take about 4-5 hours, maybe slightly less, but if you start at a higher temp, it can be done in 3. Preheat the oven to 500*f, roast 30 min, then reduce heat to 350* for 2-2 1/2 hours, or 325* for 3 hours. Check the temp in the meatiest part of the thigh. If the breast is browning too fast, cover just that part with foil, and continue to roast, removing it for the last 20 min or so to crisp the skin.
    Plan on 1 1/2 lbs per person (at least 1/2 lb of which will be bones and skin), plus more if you want leftovers.

    Answer by jespeach at 4:04 PM on Nov. 16, 2008

  • Besure to take the insides out, you can boil some of the bag for drippings to had to the stuffing.
    ( Bag from the inside of turkey that is) the neck and gizzard is good pieces to boil. That is if you plan to stuff the bird. Look it up on here there is some really good sites that give helpful hints for Thanksgiving dinners...Good Luck !

    Answer by Joyo4 at 7:07 PM on Nov. 16, 2008