By Carl Hanson

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Thanksgiving dinner is the biggest, best meal of the year! It's not complicated exactly, but it's a lot to prepare -- the meal typically combines a large number of dishes. So to make Thanksgiving dinner preparation a little easier, we've gathered together a complete menu of top-rated recipes -- 9 recipes in all -- that call for 5 or fewer ingredients (full disclosure: we don't count salt and pepper). We're covering the entire meal, everything from the savory appetizer tartlets to the simple pumpkin pie.

1. Warm Brie and Pear Tartlets

"These make a simple, delicious, and elegant appetizer," says Firebal. They impress every time!"

All you need: mini phyllo tart shells, Brie cheese, one pear, fresh time, and honey.

Photo by Jacolyn

2. A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

An easy roast turkey recipe with stuffing. "Simple, perfect roast turkey just like grandma used to make," says Syd. "Seasoned simply with salt and pepper, and basted with turkey stock, the flavors of the turkey really stand out. Stuff with your favorite dressing."

All you need: Whole turkey, unsalted butter, turkey stock, prepared stuffing.

Photo by mrs.americanhorse

3. Fried Brussels Sprouts

"Like fried cabbage? Then you are in for a treat," says Brandi Ratcliff. "This is easy and most kids are actually surprised that it tastes better than it looks!"

All you need: Bacon, onion, Brussels sprouts, and sugar.

Photo by France C.

4. Basic Mashed Potatoes

"If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe," says Esmee Williams. Simple and delicious."

All you need: Potatoes, butter, and milk.

Photo by lutzflcat

5. Bourbon Glazed Carrots

"Sweet carrots are drizzled in a warm buttery sauce flavored with bourbon," says Flipper.

All you need: Carrots, butter, brown sugar, bourbon.

Photo by lutzflcat

6. Roasted Green Beans

"Great flavor and texture," says naples34102. "It was nice to do something different than the same old green beans. I sprinkled them with Parmesan cheese before roasting. I'm thinking a squeeze of fresh lemon would be good too!"

All you need: Fresh green beans and olive oil.

Photo by KGora

7. Candied Yams

"This is a simple and quick way to enjoy a Thanksgiving favorite," says LORIEANN29. "Canned yams or sweet potatoes may be used."

All you need: Canned sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, and miniature marshmallows.

Photo by jazgbl

8. Holiday Cranberry Sauce

"It's so nice to have such a simple, easy task when there are so many other things to worry about when making Thanksgiving dinner," says Annette. "Everyone was so impressed with the fresh cranberry sauce and it was the simplest dish I made!"

All you need: Cranberries, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, cinnamon sticks, and sugar.

Photo by larkspur

9. Simple Pumpkin Pie

"So simple to make, and bonus points go to this recipe because I had everything in my pantry to make it," says Paula.

All you need: Pumpkin puree, eggs, sweetened condensed milk, pumpkin pie spice, and unbaked pie crust.

Photo by Susie Bruce Guckian


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