Thanksgiving dinner shortcuts: Easy ways to save time and money
Is the thought of preparing Thanksgiving dinner causing you to fret? No sweat! Here are three ways to make life easier (without suffering quality one little bit). Now, grab a glass of wine, sit back and relax. We got this.
Buy the bread. No need to deal with yeast, kneading and all that other back-bending over baking a fresh loaf of bread. Since we discovered the seasonal loaves from La Brea Bakery, we’ve been in bread heaven, and all we had to do to get it was grab it off the shelf and toss it our grocery carts. Just check out these flavors: Holiday Stuffing Loaf (infused with sage, celery and thyme), Cranberry Walnut Loaf and, our fave, Salted Caramel Pecan Loaf. PS: the latter meas amazing French toast, too, the stuffing loaf is pretty much perfect for leftover turkey sandwiches and the cranberry with butter is tea time-terrific. Find at supermarket chains nationwide, in the bakery section or visit labreabakery.com.
Whip up a simple appetizer. The turkey dinner is the star of the day, so don’t waste precious time you could be spending with family and friends slaving over some restaurant-quality presentation on snacks. We’re trying this super easy three-ingredient recipe for jalapeño poppers from Pillsbury. Just grab an 8-oz can of Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls, eight small jalapeño chiles and an 8-ounce container of garden vegetable cream cheese spread. Heat the oven to 375°F, separate dough into eight triangles and cut each triangle lengthwise into two narrow triangles. Cut jalapeño chiles in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Spoon cream cheese mixture into chile halves.
Place one stuffed chile half on shortest side of each triangle. Roll up, starting at shortest side of triangle and rolling to opposite point; place point side down on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until crescents are deep golden brown. Done!
Skip a trip to the florist and ironing the fancy linens. Yes, fresh flowers are always pretty, but save yourself the time it takes to not only shop for them, but to prepare and arrange them, too. And that elegant tablecloth is lovely, sure, but do you really want to be ironing the night before the big feast? Instead, we love the rustic idea of using craft paper (pick up a giant roll for less than $5 at Lowe’s—use the extra for wrapping paper), along with Mason jars filled with your leftover herbs (it will smell sooo good). Leave pens or crayons on the table for guests to write what they’re thankful. It will smell lovely and be memorable. You can always pull out the flowers and good linens at Christmas.