Advice, please! First christmas dinner ever!

Loreana - posted on 12/23/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi, On saterday Im making my first christmas dinner (had one that went real bad, dont count that one). I now know how to cook a turkey and I want to bake potatoes, carrots, onions and celery as a side+ 2 pies and I only have one oven. How do you think I should cook them as in what order should they be cooked so that everything is still hot ?

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Jennifer - posted on 12/24/2010

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We have always baked our turkey a day early. Then we carve it, put it in a pan and cover it with broth. That way, all it needs is reheated, and you don't have to worry about getting up at 4am to do it. Also, the potatoes in the microwave do work great. and cook much faster. The pies, could also be baked the night before, then stck in the oven to reheat. My philosophy is that I want to spend as much time with my loved ones as possibe when they are here, so the less time I spend in the kitchen on that day the better.

Danielle - posted on 12/24/2010

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You can make the mashed potatoes and put them in a foil pan, covered with foil (so they don't brown) in a warm oven two hours ahead. You can do gravy in a crockpot. You can make your turkey ahead and just keep it in the warm oven next to the potatoes. This will leave you room for all your steamed veggies on the stove top.

Erin - posted on 12/24/2010

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I agree. The carrot side dish can be done on the range and potatoes in the microwave, depending on how you want them done. Do you have a friend or family member who has a countertop convection oven? That would help! Actually if you do mashed potatoes then you only need to boil them and mash them, so no oven needed.

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Do the potatoes in the microwave. It tastes the same. Put the pies in the oven when while you are eating turkey.

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