Turkey day is not too far away which means many people are getting all stressed out about cooking a big dinner for their family and friends. Insert the zillion tips on how to survive cooking the big meal, which I had to have read at least half. It got me thinking about my freezer meal party and how many of us won’t see a lot of our friends because they will be with their families, and voila, a Thankgiving Meal Prep Party came to mind.
There’s an endless list of dishes you can make ahead so you are not having to get creative using one oven or trying to get everything done so your meal is actually served on Thanksgiving Day. Chopping up onions, celery, carrots, etc.. takes time. Making pie crusts, again takes time and can be messy with all that flour going everywhere. Even though everyone has their own little additions and twists they like to add to their dinners to make them spectacular, there are some things that are pretty common and basic.
Get yourself a few of your friends that are cooking Thanksgiving dinner, some wine and snacks and have some fun prepping ingredients and side dishes that will be served. Not only will you cut some of your workload you have a reason to get together with some friends that maybe you won’t be able to see on the actual holiday. Commiserate about your crazy relatives that complain about everything, your skanky uncle that creeps you out, what flavor of the month your brother will be bringing…
Putting together the party wouldn’t be that difficult. Make a list of things you want to get done like prepping vegetables so they just need to be added when you are cooking, make a huge batch of mashed potatoes, they freeze wonderfully and could easily be reheated when you need them, the previously mentioned pie crusts, they too freeze well. Basically whatever would help out you and your friends.
This is also a great way to take advantage of each other’s skills. If you are horrible at making pie crusts but have your great grandmother’s stuffing recipe that is to die for then offer up making a batch of that for everyone while someone else does the ten pie crusts. I’m telling you, it’s brilliant.
Thanksgiving dinner will be a breeze!!!