For as long as I can remember, the family Thanksgiving dinner was held at my parent’s house. Growing up, I loved having all of my cousins over for the holiday and as soon as my husband and I bought our first house it became apparent that Thanksgiving dinner was OUR holiday now. Fortunately, my Mom gave up her hosting rights quite easily! This year marks the 20th anniversary of Thanksgiving at my house and I only hope to keep the tradition going!
As any mom knows, it can be hard to shop for Thanksgiving with a family of four much less a group of thirty-four! How awful would it be to forget a crucial grocery store item? Though the amount of food you buy for Thanksgiving will probably vary based on the size of your family, the items on your grocery list will always remain the same. Use my Thanksgiving shopping list for the most foolproof Thanksgiving ever. You won’t forget a thing you need.
If you forget one of these, it might be hard to cook, serve, or baste your recipes. Check your cabinets before heading out!
-Ice (just in case you need some!)
These items are the necessities! Without them, your recipe probably won’t end up tasting (or looking) so good. Double check that you are stocked with every item on this Thanksgiving shopping list:
-Butter (both salted and unsalted)
-Red-wine vinegar (a common ingredient in Thanksgiving recipes)
In this section, you’ll find everything else you need to totally rock Thanksgiving dinner. Many of the items on the list are obvious, but in my experience, it’s the obvious things that are often forgotten!
-Turkey (I know, I know, you aren’t likely to forget it. Just make sure it’s enough to feed your crowd!)
-Chicken, Vegetable, or Turkey stock (you’ll need this for practically everything)
-Fresh herbs (it’s no fun to realize you’re missing an important spice!)
-Yukon Gold and Sweet Potatoes (Thanksgiving is not the time for instant mashed potatoes)
-Celery, Onions, Garlic (again, these ingredients are in almost EVERY Thanksgiving recipe. Don’t forget any one of them or your guests will taste the difference!)
-Cranberries (whether they be a freshly made sauce or canned, your family is sure to enjoy a dollop of cranberries on the side of their turkey!)
-Rolls (just in case you aren’t making your own…)