8 Biggest Thanksgiving Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)
Mistake 3: Ending up with too many dishes that need to be heated up in the oven at the same time.
This goes back to making your game plan and is something we consider when we plan a Thanksgiving menu in the EatingWell Test Kitchen. How will all those dishes be cooked or reheated if you only have one oven and that oven is full of a big old bird? The solution is to make sure you incorporate dishes that can be done on the stovetop and ones that can be cooked in advance and reheated in the microwave. Also keep in mind that after the turkey comes out of the oven you will have about 30+ minutes while it rests—in that time you can use the oven space to reheat stuffing or rolls for example. Another way to avoid this: try cooking a whole turkey breast on the grill and using the oven for everything else. Get our recipes for Smoked Turkey Breast on the Grill and 9 more of our best roast turkey recipes.