Whether you’re preparing Thanksgiving dinner for the first time or have made this feast a tradition at your table, prepping and cooking Thanksgiving dinner requires planning. Use our Holiday Dinner Game Planner tool below to get the timing right for your entire menu. From when to start the stuffing to how long it will take to cook your turkey, our tool will guide you through each step of the cooking process.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: When’s Thanksgiving dinner? Pick the time you’d like to serve your dinner using the up and down arrows located above and below the time slot.
Step 2: What’s for dinner? First choose a dish, then choose the desired amount for each item and click “add.”
Step 3: Getting your game plan! Once you’ve added all the items you’d like for your menu, click on “Calculate.” This will give you the start time for each item and prepping and cooking time.
For more thanksgiving ideas, take a peek at these Thanksgiving Recipes:
-- Easy Turkey Recipes
-- Delicious Side Dishes
-- Tasty Potato Side Dishes
-- Cranberry Sauce Recipes
-- Easy Stuffing Recipes
-- Delectable Thanksgiving Desserts
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holiday dinner game planner
Take the hassle out of holiday meal planning with our quick and easy Game Planner. Input your menu and our quick and easy tool will give you a schedule to prep, cook and serve up your meal like a pro.
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Thanksgiving Game Plan
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|Start time||Step||prep/cook time|
|...||Prep turkey (stuffed) (unstuffed)||30 min.||X|
|...||Cook turkey (stuffed) (unstuffed)||min.||X|
|...||Prep pie||45 min.||X|
|...||Cook pie||60 min.||X|
|...||Prep stuffing (cooked outside of turkey)||30 min.||X|
|...||Cook stuffing (cooked outside of turkey)||45 min.||X|
|...||Prep sweet potato casserole||45 min.||X|
|...||Prep mashed potatoes||20 min.||X|
|...||Prep roasted squash||15 min.||X|
|...||Prep green beans||15 min.||X|
|...||Prep sauteed corn||10 min.||X|
|...||Prep sauteed peas||5 min.||X|
|...||Prep salad||15 min.||X|
|...||Prep biscuits||20 min.||X|
|...||Cook roasted squash||45 min.||X|
|...||Cook sweet potato casserole||45 min.||X|
|...||Cook mashed potatoes||40 min.||X|
|...||take Turkey out to Rest||30 min.||X|
|...||Prep whipped cream||10 min.||X|
|...||Cook creamed Spinach||20 min.||X|
|...||Cook sauteed Brussels sprouts||20 min.||X|
|...||Cook gravy||15 min.||X|
|...||Cook biscuits||15 min.||X|
|...||Cook green beans||15 min.||X|
|...||Cook sauteed corn||10 min.||X|
|...||Cook sauteed peas||10 min.||X|