Follow our planning, shopping and cooking strategies for a dinner full of traditional favorites.
Thanksgiving dinner is tricky: You’ve got to please everybody with traditional favorites, but you still want the food to be special. And cooking a huge menu midweek translates into a lot of work. That’s why, to create a menu that’s both elegant and do-able, I tackled the project the way I would at my restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard. My kitchen is quite small, and I have to be really organized. I start by making a list of the ingredients I’ll need, and then I make a work list for each of the dishes, prioritizing it by how far in advance each of the steps can be done.
This menu is challenging—which is also why it’s so delicious—but it’s very do-able, and everyone from your pickiest family members to your most sophisticated guests will enjoy it. The do-ahead recipes, like the buttercup squash soup, and our timeline will help free you up so you can cook your best and enjoy your meal.