Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

With our quick and easy Thanksgiving recipes you'll be able to whip up an amazing, stress-free meal in no time flat. And try our Roast Spatchcocked Turkey recipe: You'll have a delicious and golden turkey on your table in less than two hours. We even have recipes you can make under 30 minutes and they've all been triple tested.

Staff Picks

Creamy Leftover-Turkey-and-Rice Soup

Put a light, fresh spin on Thanksgiving leftovers with a speedy riff on avgolemono, the classic Greek chicken soup. Egg yolks add creaminess to turkey stock, while lemon juice brightens the flavor, and cooked rice and shredded meat fill out every spoonful.
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Classic Cornbread

Rating: 3.23 stars
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This cornbread strikes the right balance between tender and crumbly. To use it in a Thanksgiving stuffing, reduce the sugar to 2 tablespoons.

Spiced Apple Cider

Rating: 3.05 stars
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On a cool fall day, enjoy a mug of warm apple cider. Cinnamon stick stirrers add spice and extra flavor to our favorite seasonal beverage.

Sweet Potato Puree

Rating: 3.34 stars
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At their sweetest in fall and winter, these spuds make a crowd-pleasing side dish. Use the basic version without flavorings to make pie, biscuits, or souffles.

Steamed Brussels Sprouts

Rating: 3.12 stars
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These steamed brussels sprouts are glossed with butter and flecked with chives.

Classic Cranberry Sauce

Martha's textbook cranberry sauce teams whole berries with bright orange (zested and juiced) and spicy cinnamon. Use any leftovers to make Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake or Chicken a la Cranberry.

Popcorn on the Cob

Celebrate harvest season with "ears" of candied popcorn, reminiscent of Indian corn. Unbleached parchment paper from your pantry is all you need for the pretty presentation.

Fennel and Orange Salad

Rating: 2.88 stars
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The classic flavor combination of fennel and orange makes a wonderful winter salad.

Persimmon and Brie Crostini

These little toasts make a delectable Thanksgiving appetizer. Be sure to use Fuyu persimmons -- they should be ripe but sliceable.

Honey-Glazed Carrots

Rating: 3.21 stars
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During the holidays, everything you make deserves a little dressing up -- including humble but hearty root vegetables.

Crisp Brussels Sprout Leaves

Rating: 3.08 stars
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In this simple Thanksgiving side dish, roasting brussels sprouts brings out their nuttiness. Tangy Pecorino Romano cheese adds extra depth.

Pumpkin-Seed Brittle

Rating: 3.02 stars
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You don't need to be a candymaker to master this easy brittle recipe! Melt together butter, light brown sugar, and honey, cook until they reach a boil, then stir in pumpkin seeds and cool until set. The brittle can be enjoyed by itself or broken over ice cream.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Pan-Fried Sardines
The canned sardines are coated in cornmeal and fried up in minutes for a delicious appetizer.
Turnip and Potato Mash
Rating: Unrated
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Serve this peppery replacement for mashed potatoes alongside seared steak.

Green Beans with Vinaigrette

Rating: 3.22 stars
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These fresh green beans help balance out the richness of the rest of the Thanksgiving meal.