Preparing for Turkey Day at the Tower at OPOP Apartments

A table all set for Thanksgiving dinner with Turkey, stuffing, champagne, and vegetables
All across Missouri, families and friends will soon be sitting down to a Thanksgiving Day feast, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, a variety of sides, and of course, pumpkin-something for dessert. If this is your first time cooking for Thanksgiving, the following information will help your turkey become the star of the dinner table.

Tips for Roasting a Turkey (& Other Thanksgiving Hacks)

Follow these directions when roasting a turkey (surprisingly, there are a variety of ways you can do it: stuffed, unstuffed, roasted in a cooking bag, brined, braised, and even grilled). Read up on the different methods and choose the way you want to cook the bird. When your turkey has finished cooking, be sure to let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes, which gives you time to make the gravy. The drippings can be used to make the gravy, or if you like you can reserve the giblets from the turkey and make giblet gravy.

If turkey just isn’t your thing, perhaps a Thanksgiving ham will do instead. We like this recipe for Golden Clove Glazed Ham from McCormick for a change of pace. This recipe also works well if you will have a large group coming to dinner and you want to have a second meat dish on the table.

Now that you’ve got the main dish down, you will just need to add the sides. has a great selection of Thanksgiving side recipes if you want to try something new this year. We recommend finding some recipes you can make ahead to save you time on Turkey Day.

What is your favorite way to make turkey? Please share in the comments so we can all try it. We want to wish everyone in our St. Louis apartment community a happy Thanksgiving.