My family and I believe that Thanksgiving is a time to count all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us each year, and believe me, once you start thinking back, there’s always more than you originally thought. There is always something to be grateful for, no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. God is good, all the time, even in the hard times. This year has been very difficult and full of changes for me and my family, but God has brought us through the challenges every time, and blessed us in ways we never imagined. My family and I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving week, and pray that the time you spend together will be special and memorable. Now, here’s a stress-free way to enjoy Thanksgiving week.:) This is an easy-to-follow guide to preparing a simply delicious Southern Thanksgiving Dinner. There’s nothing like southern food, and if it’s prepared with a lot of love and a lot of butter, the food will be absolutely amazing.;P
Most of the following recipes have been compiled into one post to save you some time.;)
Here is the link to our no-fail, easy turkey recipe, there’s nothing like a fresh turkey! Once you switch from frozen to fresh….there’s no going back.
Brown Sugar & Spice Sweet Potato Casserole
Southern Cornbread Dressing:
Classic Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
What is Thanksgiving Dinner without bread?
You can make these soft, giant, pillowy rolls:
Or these savory, cheesy, buttery, and generally scrumptious biscuits:
Chocolate Pudding Pie with Meringue Topping:
Baked Apple Pop Tarts:
Thanksgiving week schedule:
1 week before the big day: Call your local grocery store to order a fresh, non-frozen 16-18 lb. turkey. Schedule pickup for three days before Thanksgiving. Fresh turkeys don’t last in the fridge longer than four days. If you require a smaller turkey for your family, use a recipe calculator online to reduce or cut in half the amount of ingredients your will need for this recipe.
Five days before:
Buy all of the ingredients you will need for the sides, making sure to pick out which bread recipe you want to use, purchase ingredients accordingly.
Three days Before:
If you are making the Cheddar Rosemary Rolls, now is the time to do it. Make the dough and cook the rolls according to recipe instructions. Remove the cooked rolls from the oven, allow to cool, put them in a gallon size Ziploc bag, and freeze until Thanksgiving Day. If you are making The Cheese Biscuits, follow the recipe instructions for making the dough, portion the dough into balls of equal size, and place into a gallon size Ziploc bag. Freeze until Thanksgiving Day.
In a small bowl, mix together the butter and spices for the turkey rub, refrigerate the mixture for now. Dice up the veggies for the cornbread dressing and saute according to recipe instructions, set the cooked veggies aside and allow them to cool down. Finally, put them in your refrigerator. Cook the sweet potatoes according to directions, allow to cool, and put them in your refrigerator. Grate the cheese for the broccoli casserole and put it in your refrigerator. Basically, today is refrigerator day.
The day before:
Make the cornbread for the cornbread dressing, set the loaf in a safe place on your counter-top, let it sit there overnight to dry out. Make the chocolate meringue pie, don’t forget to cook the pudding over LOW heat or it will scald and you’ll have to start over. Make the baked apple pop tarts. Both of these desserts will keep fine on your counter-top overnight (unless you’re worried about your family snacking on them).;)
The night before:
Remove the bird from its original packaging. Take out the giblets, you can either save these for your family’s favorite gravy recipe or discard upon removal. Set the bird onto a large plate. Rub the butter and spice mixture all over the turkey, placing the raw vegetables into the bird’s cavity. Carefully slide the buttered bird into an oven safe turkey bag. Now put the whole thing back into your refrigerator. Allow the turkey to sit there overnight.
The day of:
First up, remove the bird from your refrigerator, place it in a large roasting pan, and bake according to recipe directions. Make sure to start cooking the bird 3-4 hours before your guests arrive. While the turkey is roasting, follow the remaining recipe instructions for making Southern Cornbread Dressing. Leave the unbaked dressing in your refrigerator until the turkey has 1 hour left on cooking time. Put the dish into the oven when the time comes. Finish assembling the Brown Sugar & Spice Sweet Potato Casserole. Set the casserole into your refrigerator until the turkey has 35-40 minutes left on cooking time. Put the dish into the oven when the time comes. Follow the recipe instructions for Broccoli & Cheese Casserole, leave the unbaked casserole in your refrigerator until the turkey has 30 minutes left on cooking time. Put the dish into the oven when the time comes. If you are making the Cheddar Rosemary Rolls, put them in the oven at the same time as the broccoli casserole. If you are making The Cheese Biscuits, put them in the oven when the Broccoli & Cheese Casserole is halfway done. As for the desserts, either warm them up in the oven when all the other dishes are done, or leave them at room temperature. Butter the biscuits or rolls, and serve a wonderful meal to your family and friends!