Cooking a Thanksgiving meal complete with mashed potatoes and stuffing, cranberries and turkey can be a large undertaking for even the accomplished cook graced with a high-end kitchen. Therefore, when you are faced with cooking your holiday meal in the confines of a small crowded kitchen, you might be feeling a bit spent before you even begin! However, with a few simple changes to the menu and preparation, you can cook and serve with ease and fun.
Make side dishes ahead of time
One of the easiest ways to save room in the oven or on the stove is to prepare side dishes and desserts a day ahead. Squash and apple casseroles, cranberry sauce and even a pan of stuffing can be made before the big turkey day. By utilizing slow cookers and the oven before guests arrive, your holiday can be more about the guests and time together. You can even bake your pumpkin pie the day before then leave it to chill in the fridge.
Skip the whole bird
Another simple way to ease the crowd in your kitchen is to cook only a turkey breast. This saves time, money, and space in the fridge. If you fear that your guests might want more than just white meat, you could buy several turkey legs to roast alongside the breast in the oven. This means you will not be getting up 6 am to stuff the turkey and stick it back in the oven for hours upon hours, plus your fridge will not be overtaken with piles of turkey meat!
Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family and laughter, so do not let the size of your kitchen get in the way of that. By baking ahead of time and easing up on the turkey, you can have a relaxing and delicious meal no matter how big or small your kitchen is.