Stress-Free Turkey Day Tips From Giada

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Cut the chaos this Thanksgiving with a little careful planning and preparation. We're turning to Target's celebrity chef partner and kitchen virtuoso Giada DeLaurentiis for some practical tips on Turkey day timing.


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Just a dash of strategy can make Thanksgiving dinner a stress-free success. Giada's guide for a calm, cool, and delicious turkey day is a great plan for anyone hosting a big Thanksgiving dinner.

4-6 hours before:


  • Stuff the turkey and get it in the oven (Leave room for sides)

  • Prepare and refrigerate any last-minute sides you were unable to prepare ahead of time

  • Chill beverages (use a cooler with ice to free up the fridge)

  • Set the table

2 hours before:


  • Make mashed potatoes

  • Prepare and arrange appetizers and condiments

  • Set out serving dishes and utensils

  • Make sure the dishwasher is empty

1 hour before:


  • Cook or reheat sides

  • Set up a beverage station (don't forget ice water)

  • Wash, dry, and put away any dishes in the sink

1/2 hour before:


  • Remove the turkey from the oven 30 minutes before carving

  • Make the gravy, dress the salad, warm the rolls

  • Turn oven off and put pre-baked pies in to warm

  • Light candles

  • Start the coffee just as you sit down to dinner

Handy kitchen gadgets can also be big T-day time-savers. The Kitchen Essentials® from Calphalon® Hard-Anodized Nonstick Roaster with Rack features a large rack for hefty birds, and its non-stick surface will be a life-saver when it's time to do the dishes.

A sturdy baster is a Thanksgiving essential. We like the Oxo Turkey Baster, which features an ergonomically-designed bulb and comes with a brush for thorough cleaning.

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Thanksgiving is also a good time to replace worn kitchenware and re-invest in sturdy basics, like the Giada De Laurentiis™ for Target® 10-pc. Stainless Steel Cookset. It's a steal at $119.99. For roasting veggies, we like using a deep ceramic dish that's pretty enough to bring to the table, like Giada's Ceramic Lasagna Pan. Of course, it's perfect for lasagna too!

For more Thanksgiving kitchen essentials, shop in-store or visit Target.com and check out the Target Holiday Home Catalog for more inspiration and ideas for a very happy holiday season.

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