Thanksgiving is in two days! This is my favorite holiday because it revolves around food and family. There is no need to get carried away with gifts or decoration – just straight to the heart of the holiday. I feel so grateful for an incredible year and have a lot to celebrate.
Cooking all these meals and dishes for Thanksgiving can get overwhelming, especially if you haven’t quite started thinking about the menu yet. My family and I will be hosting a smaller group than usual, so I’m excited to be on stuffing duty! Otherwise, we all are still researching recipes.
Here are a few recipes that may help you in your last-minute prep.
Before you go any further with a turkey…read this post from The Kitchn that game plans what day you’re on with your turkey (is it fresh, frozen, did you buy one yet?) and tips for what you’re looking to do with it.
Regardless of what you decide to do with your turkey, the good news is you don’t need to use anything from the turkey for a gravy. You can make quick gravy from turkey broth and a quick rue (butter and flour). You got it!
Stuffing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving and I’m looking at What’s Gaby Cooking’s stuffing recipe because I always trust her recipes. Gaby’s got a whole archive of great Thanksgiving recipe options, but her stuffing is one I’ll definitely be making this year.
You don’t even need to boil or bake these mashed potatoes – you can microwave them! Cooking Fast Mashed Potatoes for Desperate Times (that’s really they’re name!) could be your go-to for a last-minute Thanksgiving staple.
Sweet potatoes and marshmallows are one of my favorite combinations on Thanksgiving. Try this version made in the slow-cooker! One less thing to worry about in the oven and could be easily transported in your slow cooker.
Prep green beans ahead of time with this super simple recipe for greens beans with shallots and pancetta. This is a nice alternative to a cream and onion casserole tat is traditional for Thanksgiving.
For another green option, freshen up the table with a honeycrisp apple salad with candied pecans. This recipe calls for a homemade vinaigrette, but if you’re in a pinch you can use any store-bought dressing!
Looking for something new to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck? What about this homemade apple cider? (Psst…you could also bring a little something-something to spike it with for adults.)
Speaking of apples, this no-peel apple crisp could be a great option instead of a high-maintenance pumpkin pie. Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and some coffee and you’ve got a perfect fall-themed dessert.
I love pecan pie, but again, pies can be a little extensive for last-minute preparation. These pecan pie bars look delicious and super easy to slice into squares and serve.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday celebrating all the things you are grateful for. Thanksgiving is truly a special day and then we begin the Christmas season!
Love food. Love self. Love life.