The Chew's Turkey Timeline

The Chew's Turkey Timeline


 *Timeline below is based on a 4:00pm dinnertime, using a single oven to cook a 15-pound turkey at 325°F.


If cooking a frozen turkey, start thawing in the refrigerator.


Make cranberry sauce, pie dough, stock, dips and appetizers.


- Set table with plates, platters, flatware, stemware and freshly-cleaned linens.

- Salt/Brine turkey (optional)

- Assemble stuffing and refrigerate

Watch how Mario's prepares his classic Sausage Ciabatta Stuffing!

- Make pies


10:30am        Take turkey out of refrigerator, remove giblets, and pat dry.

11:30am        Season/prep turkey, as desired, and place in preheated oven.

12:00pm        Setup bar, chill wine, make extra ice.

1:00pm          Prep/begin cooking stovetop side dishes
                     (mashed potatoes, braised cabbage, caramelized carrots with quinoa)

1:30pm          Get dressed and ready to party!

2:00pm          Prepare appetizers

                      Take prepared side dishes out of refrigerator and allow to come to room temp.

2:30pm          Check turkey for doneness

3:00pm          GUESTS ARRIVE

                      Remove turkey from oven (USDA recommends 165°F by inserting an instant-read thermometer between the leg/thigh joint), lightly tent with foil and let rest for at least 30 minutes before carving.

                      While turkey rests, cook stuffing and casseroles in oven.

3:15pm          Make gravy and open the wine to be served with dinner.

3:30pm          Take butter out of refrigerator and let come to room temp.

                      Warm rolls/bread in oven

                      Start moving food from kitchen to table

                      Carve turkey

Watch how Michael's carves his Thanksgiving bird!


4:00pm          BE THANKFUL and ENJOY YOUR MEAL!