Since October and all of it’s festivities are coming to a close, it’s a good time to hammer out the details of what your Thanksgiving Day plans are. Although the holiday seems far off, we all know how quickly the holidays sneak up on us. A little preparation goes a long way when it comes to planning a Thanksgiving menu for your family, particularly if it’ll be a large group sharing your dinner table. Holidays are a big deal for everyone and you want to make yours special. Here are a few Thanksgiving Day planning tips from your favorite Dallas steakhouse.
Consider Thanksgiving Guests’ Dietary Restrictions
Before you go to the trouble of buying ingredients and finding great recipes, make sure you understand each guest’s dietary needs. This is not to be confused with catering to a picky eater’s limited palette. If one of your dinner guests is allergic to peanuts you need to make sure you avoid including any peanut-based ingredients in your cooking. Similarly, if you have a vegetarian guest coming, you need to include something vegetarian on the menu. It’s polite and you’ll be a well-loved host.
It’s also important to figure out what will be included on your menu. Don’t wait until a day before Thanksgiving to go pick up a turkey or ham because there won’t be any left. Make your shopping list early on and head to the store. By doing things ahead of time, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your guests and family on Turkey Day.
The classic Thanksgiving dishes are classics for a reason. Green bean casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cream of corn are just a few of the things we look forward to every holiday. At Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, we’ve put a boozy twist on cream of corn. We start with some smoked corn and sauté it in a pan with oil. Then, we add lemon pepper, garlic, and chicken stock and cook it down until the liquid evaporates. Flame with whiskey and add cream and cilantro; reduce to a simmer. Finally, add some cheese and stir until thickened. This dish will be a guaranteed hit with your dinner guests!
Choose Your Thanksgiving Decor
Part of a great Thanksgiving dinner is having a beautiful table setting. Decide early on what you want your table to look like for the big day. Get inspiration from various sources like magazines, bloggers, and even our steakhouse dining room. At our Dallas, TX steakhouse, we’ve centered our theme around the rustic ranch lifestyle. It’s warm and inviting, just like your Thanksgiving table should be. You’ll find lots of rich woods and soft lighting throughout the restaurant, making it feel more intimate.
Let Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse Host Your Thanksgiving
If you don’t want a bunch of people in your house or just hate the thought of cooking an entire meal, let us help. Our chefs will prepare a Thanksgiving feast for you and your family. Contact us today to book a reservation!