Although it's possible to spend days, even weeks, preparing the Thanksgiving feast, it's equally possible to create a totally homemade and completely delicious Thanksgiving spread in far less time. Pick a few timesaving dishes or create a whole menu from our favorite quick Thanksgiving recipes, all of which take less than an hour to prepare.
It only takes a little over an hour to roast a 12-pound turkey when it's split down the middle, backbone removed, and roasted flat. As an added bonus, the turkey cooks more evenly when separated into parts, so each bite of white and dark meat will be moist, juicy, and perfectly roasted.
Green beans and sweet red onion are steamed and sauteed all in the same pan using a handy timesaving technique that requires only 10 minutes of prep time and another 15 minutes to cook. Balsamic vinegar stirred in just before serving adds a rich, tangy finish.
This sophisticated version of a cheese ball combines cream cheese and sharp white cheddar with a little Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Toasted pistachios make a gorgeous garnish. This easy holiday appetizer comes together in just 20 minutes, but be sure to allow a few hours for chilling.
These yeast rolls are especially tender, thanks to the addition of cake flour and sour cream. The dough requires no kneading or shaping -- it's simply scooped into buttered muffin tins before baking. Though the rolls do need an hour to rise before baking, they take only 15 minutes of active preparation time.
Everyone will want to eat their spinach when it's simmered in a creamy, garlicky sauce. Much quicker than traditional creamed spinach, this one is made with cream cheese and milk, and is ready in 30 minutes. The recipe calls for 3 to 4 bunches of fresh spinach; to save time, you can use 2 pounds of bagged, pre-washed spinach leaves instead.
Humble root vegetables become tender and tasty when simmered in a glaze of chicken broth, maple syrup, and red-wine vinegar. This perfectly balanced combination of sweet, savory, and tangy takes 10 minutes to prepare and another 20 minutes to simmer.
This shortcut version of traditional Southern cheese straws begins with purchased frozen puff pastry, which is brushed with egg, Parmesan cheese, mustard powder, and a pinch of cayenne pepper, and formed into decorative twists. They only take 20 minutes to prepare and another 10 minutes to bake. Serve these crowd-pleasing appetizers with a selection of olives and crudites.