How To Roast A Thanksgiving Turkey In 1 Hour + Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides

How to Prepare Make‐Ahead Thanksgiving Food

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Thanksgiving can be a very busy day. You may not have time to prepare all your meals on the day of Thanksgiving. Luckily, there are many dishes you can make a few days, or even a few months, before Thanksgiving. Such dishes can be easily reheated in the oven or on the stove top shortly before Thanksgiving dinner.



  • 1 14 to 16 pound turkey
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth

Mashed Potatoes

  • 5 ounces of potatoes, peeled
  • 2 packages of cream cheese (3 ounces each)
  • 8 ounces of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 teaspoons of onion salt
  • Ground black pepper


  • 16- to 18-ounce loaf rustic white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 pound of diced yellow onions
  • 4 large diced stalks of celery
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh sage leaves
  • Leaves from 4 stalks thyme
  • 2 large beaten eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups turkey, chicken, or vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper

Apple Pie

  • 1 unbaked single crust pie dough
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flour (for the apple slices)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 6-8 cups of sliced and peeled tart apples
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of butter


Making Turkey

  1. Season and prepare the turkey.Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (around 175/180 degrees Celsius). Sprinkle your poultry season and pepper over the turkey. Then, prepare the turkey for roasting.
    • Tuck the wings underneath the turkey. Then, use cooking twine to tie the drumsticks together.
    • You will place your turkey in a shallow roasting pan. Make sure the breast side is up.
  2. Roast the turkey for 30 minutes and add the remaining seasonings.Leave the turkey uncovered. Allow it to roast for about 30 minutes. Then, remove the turkey from the oven.
    • You want to mix the remaining season ingredients (the broth, minced parsley, lemon juice, thyme, rosemary, lemon peel, garlic cloves) together in a four cup measuring cup.
    • Pour these ingredients over the turkey, leaving a small amount for basting later. Then, return the turkey to the oven.
  3. Allow the turkey to cook.Once you've added the remaining ingredients to the turkey, return it to the oven. It should cook for 3 to 3 and a half hours. Baste it on occasion with what remains of the broth mixture.
    • Make sure you use an oven thermometer to make sure the turkey is cooked through all the way. When inserted into the turkey's thigh, the thermometer should read 180 degrees Fahrenheit (about 82 degrees Celsius).
    • If the turkey is under 180 degrees Fahrenheit (about 82 degrees Celsius), cook it for a little longer.
  4. Remove and carve the turkey.After removing the turkey from the oven, let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then, you can carve the turkey.
    • Start by cutting the legs away from the body of the turkey and separating them. Then, slice the meat away from the bone of both legs.
    • Then, cut into the turkey's breast. Cut out serving size slices.
  5. Freeze the turkey.Place the turkey in a shallow freezer container. Pour the juices from the roasting pan over the slices of turkey. Cover the freezer container and place the turkey in your fridge.
    • Your turkey will keep up to three months when frozen.
  6. Thaw to serve.Once you're ready to serve your turkey, allow it to partially thaw in the fridge overnight. Pour one to one and a half cups of vegetable broth over the turkey and bake it in a covered dish for 50 or 60 minutes. Bake until an oven thermometer reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit (about 71 degrees Celsius).

Preparing Your Mashed Potatoes

  1. Preheat your oven.Before making your mashed potatoes, you should preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (about 164 degrees Celsius). If you have a gas oven, it's a good idea to use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven's at the right heat.
  2. Boil and mash the potatoes.Place your potatoes in a large pot and cover them with slightly salted water. Bring the water to a boil and then allow the potatoes to cook for about 15 minutes. The potatoes should be tender when they're ready. You may have to cook them slightly longer than 15 minutes depending on the precise heat of your stove.
    • Drain the pot once the potatoes are cooked.
    • Use a large fork, a potato masher, or an electronic mixer to mash the potatoes until they're smooth.
  3. Add the other ingredients.Measure out the cream cheese, sour cream, milk, onion salt, and pepper. Add these to your mashed potatoes and mix everything together until your potatoes are smooth.
  4. Bake your potatoes.Place your potatoes in a large casserole dish. Cover the dish and place it in the oven. Allow the potatoes to cook for 50 minutes. You can then place the dish in your refrigerator and reheat it later.
  5. Reheat your potatoes in a sauce pan when you're ready to serve them.Spoon your potatoes into a nonstick sauce pan. Place it on the stove over medium heat.
    • Stir the potatoes every two minutes.
    • Cook them for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they're warm throughout.
    • If your potatoes get thick, add heated milk or cream.

Using Make Ahead Stuffing

  1. Bake your bread cubes.To start, you should bake your bread cubes at 225 degrees Fahrenheit (about 107 degrees Celsius). Spread them over a large baking sheet. Bake them for about 90 minutes or until they're crisp. Check on the bread cubes every half hour and stir them.
  2. Cook the vegetables.Take a heavy skillet and use it to heat your butter over medium-high heat. Place the onions, celery, and garlic in the skillet first. Cook them until the vegetables are soft, which should take about 10 minutes. Stir them frequently when cooking.
    • Add the sage and thyme once the vegetables are soft. Stir the mixture for about two more minutes. Turn off the heat and set the vegetables aside.
  3. Beat in the eggs, broth, salt, and pepper.In a small mixing bowl, beat together your eggs with the broth, salt, and pepper. Add a generous amount of black pepper. Use a wire whisk or fork to beat until everything is a uniform mixture.
  4. Mix your ingredients together.Placed the cooked vegetables and bread crumbs in a large bowl. Use a mixing spoon to fold them together.
    • Pour the egg and broth mixture into your bowl. Stir until everything is mixed evenly.
  5. Place your ingredients in a baking dish.Lightly grease the baking dish first. It should be able to hold three quarts. Transfer your stuffing into the bowl. You can cover the dish in foil and place it in the refrigerator. It will keep for about 24 hours.
  6. Bake and serve when ready.You should heat your stuffing at an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (about 190 degrees Celsius). Bake it covered for about 25 minutes before removing the foil.
    • Return your dish to the oven. Allow the stuffing to bake for about 15 more minutes or until the top is golden brown.
    • You should let the stuffing cool for 10 minutes before serving it.

Making Apple Pie

  1. Place the pie dough in a tin.Take your pre-made pie dough. Roll it over a 9-inch pie tray, making sure to roll the edges into crust.
  2. Toss the cinnamon, flour, sugar, and sliced apples.Take a large mixing bowl and add your apple slices. Then, add the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Toss the apple slices until they're all evenly coated in a layer of sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
  3. Add the apples to the pie dough.Pour your apples into your prepared pie dough. Use a spatula or spoon to spread the apples evenly across the dough. make sure to have a slight mound in the center. Press down on the filling with a spatula or spoon to get it packed in firmly.
  4. Add the topping.To prepare the topping, put the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter into a food processor or blender. Blend until the mixture forms large clumps. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a pastry cut to blend the mixture.
    • Spread the topping over the pie, making sure to disperse evenly throughout.
    • Press down on the topping gently until it's firm.
  5. Freeze your pie and bake it later.Wrap the entire pie, including the tray, in heavy duty foil. Place it in your freezer, where it will keep up to three months.
    • When you're ready to cook the pie, remove it from the oven. Cook it loosely covered with foil and 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) for 40 minutes.
    • Remove the foil and cook the pie for an additional 40 to 45 minutes. When it's ready, the top will be slightly browned and the apples will be warm at the center.

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