Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Our Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Game Plan

This month, in addition to featuring a gluten-free Thanksgiving menu which serves 10-12 guests, we also have an amazing menu on a smaller scale -- serving 4-6 people. Although the recipes from our first menu are initially scaled to serve 4-6, the number of dishes in this menu -- and the different blend of flavors! -- are better suited to a more intimate dinner party.

A holiday message from our chef and founder:
Although the “day of” preparations may seem exhausting, keep in mind that since you have already done a lot of the prep work in the days before, the actual “to-do” items on Thanksgiving day are not at all hard, but actually rather easy, because you are just assembling or re-warming, for the most part. One final suggestion is to make time in the middle of Thanksgiving day to relax and enjoy the day. This is time for you to take a shower, put your feet up and enjoy the wonderful aroma’s floating through your home.

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
-Chef Jessica

Main Course Dessert Game Plan & Timeline 1 week before Thanksgiving
  • Read through all recipes in menu
  • Make grocery list
  • Go shopping
3 Days before Thanksgiving
  • Thaw the turkey breast in the refrigerator
  • Make cranberry sauce
2 Days before Thanksgiving
  • Toast bread for stuffing and cube
1 Day before Thanksgiving
  • Make the stuffing
  • Butterfly turkey breast
  • Make candied walnuts for the salad
  • Caramelize the onions for the mashed potatoes
  • Make Pumpkin Brulee
  • Make gluten-free baguette
Day of Thanksgiving (assume dinner is served at 3pm)
  • 9am Wash greens for salad; chill. Make dressing for salad
  • 9:45am Remove the cranberry sauce from the refrigerator
  • 10am Stuff the turkey breast and roll into roulade; cover and set aside
  • 10:30am-12:30pm RELAX
  • 12:30pm Toast baguette slices for appetizer
  • 12:45pm Make Honeyed Tomatoes
  • 1pm Start roasting turkey roulade
  • 2pm Make mashed potatoes, re-warm the caramelized onions
  • 2:30 Serve Bruschetta
  • 2:45 Remove the turkey from the oven and let rest; while resting make gravy
  • 3pm Serve Main Course
  • 5-6pm Serve Pumpkin Brulee

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