Food takes center stage during Thanksgiving at
Blackberry Farm – from traditional holiday dishes
to southern-inspired new creations. With so
much to prepare, we find it works best to create
a game plan to get it all done. By taking care of as
many tasks as possible beforehand, you’ll leave
yourself plenty of time to visit with family and
3 Days out
• If you’re working with a frozen turkey, make
sure it has several days to thaw. Otherwise,
cooking times are hard to predict, and you
may end up with an undercooked turkey!
• The cornbread used for the stuffing should be
cooked a day ahead of time, a unique example
of where fresh is not necessarily better.
Cornbread for the table should be cooked on
the day of Thanksgiving.
• To make sure you have something for guests
to eat while you cook on Thanksgiving,
prepare the Peanut Soup a day in advance.
Hearty and aromatic, it’s an easy way to fight
the chill and stave off hunger until it’s time for
the big feast.
• Plan to start cooking early. The turkey will
need at least 3-4 hours in the oven, plus an
additional half an hour to rest before carving.
• Have all of your ingredients measured,
chopped and placed in preparation bowls
before you begin cooking to help things go
• Cook the stuffing before you prepare the
turkey so you aren’t delayed in putting the
turkey in the oven.
• While the turkey is in the oven, start preparing
the Sweet Potato Pie, so it has time to cool to
room temperature before serving.