Stress-Free Turkey Day Tips From Giada

Stress-Free Turkey Day Tips From Giada

Nov 16, 2012
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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.

>> Read Giada's tips for a stress-free Thanksgiving!
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. 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. Images: Target
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