15 Recipes for a Last-Minute Thanksgiving Feast
Who needs to cook all day when you can whip up a feast in about two hours? With these quick and easy recipes, you'll always have time to make a five-star Thanksgiving dinner.
Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast
Your Thanksgiving turkey is prepped, roasted, and ready in less than two hours. "Easy to make, great for dinner, leftovers and sandwiches," says takestu2tango.
Cranberry Stuffed Turkey Breasts
You'll sprinkle each butterflied turkey breast with chopped pecans and dried cranberries and roll them up tightly, jellyroll style. "I made these once for a holiday dinner party, and they were such a hit that I started making them for Thanksgiving instead of a whole turkey," says Esther Nelson.
Basic Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes are mashed with warmed butter and milk to create perfect mashed potatoes in about 30 minutes. "Simple and delicious," says Esmee Williams. "If you love good, old-fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe."
Easy Sweet Potato Casserole
Simple and delicious, this version of classic marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole is ready in a little over an hour. "I covered half with chopped pecans and half with miniature marshmallows," says Ellen. "Everyone loved it."
Simple Roasted Butternut Squash
Have this simple, savory take on butternut squash on the table in just 40 minutes. "I love this recipe! My sister and I like to make it for Thanksgiving," Jamie Justice Yost says. "Great flavor and easy once you get that squash peeled."
Here's another orange, starchy side. But these Glazed Carrots take even less time to make: a mere 25 minutes. "This is a Thanksgiving standard in my home now," says Phantomotktchn.
Cauliflower Au Gratin
This decadent, 50-minute side takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Some reviewers make it their own by swapping nutmeg for other seasonings, while others would agree with user arlina76: "The dash of nutmeg makes it perfect."
Easiest Sausage Stuffing
Simple stuffing in about 25 minutes. "This hack on boxed stuffing is so easy but so good that your guests will think you made it from scratch!" says fabeveryday. "Ground sausage with sage adds an especially nice flavor, but you can make this with any mild ground breakfast sausage."
Easy Garden Green Beans
A great last-minute choice, these simple green beans are ready in just 20 minutes. "This is a flavorful, simple way to dress up plain steamed green beans for an easy side dish that practically cooks itself while you are getting the rest of the meal together," says mrsmiz.
Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
A nice alternative to cheesy casseroles, our Parmesan Brussels Sprouts prep in 10 minutes and cook in just 15. "They were a big hit at my Thanksgiving table, even by those who are not crazy about Brussels sprouts," says Gotrecipe. "This will be my go-to way of fixing them from now on."
Cream Corn Like No Other
Would you believe you can make this five-star creamed corn in just 15 minutes? "It can't be beat as far as comfort food goes. It is rich and creamy, and I have yet to serve this to anyone who didn't love, love, love it," CSavaso says.
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce in 20 minutes! "Simple but so good," raves Franco. "This has been the go-to recipe for my family for 50 years, but it's so simple, not sure I call it a recipe. It's a condiment that we use over turkey and dressing at Thanksgiving. I especially like it over bread sage dressing that is savory and a little extra salty. The two make a great combo."
Mini Southern Pecan Pies
"These tasty, pecan-filled mini pies are great for the holidays or an easy, elegant dessert anytime," says Squankdog. "Light corn syrup lets the pecan goodness shine through, rather than overwhelming with sugary sweetness. Serve warm or cool with vanilla ice cream, if you like."
Apple Cobbler Crumble
If you can spare 20 minutes to prep this apple cobbler crumble, it's well worth the 40-minute wait for it to bake and cool. "Loved it," Ken Stone says. "I added a little allspice and nutmeg. This was big hit at Thanksgiving."
The Best Banana Pudding
This incredible dessert is ready in just 25 minutes! Instant vanilla pudding combines with condensed milk, vanilla extract, and whipped topping. You'll simply layer the creamy pudding with vanilla wafers and sliced bananas in a glass serving bowl. "The best no-bake banana pudding you will ever find," says Kenneth Strother.