Thanksgiving-o-matic

How do you create a Thanksgiving that's totally you but attainable too?

Tell the Thanksgiving-O-Matic what kind of meal you want to serve and it will give you recipe inspiration ideas for one extraordinary feast.

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The Big Dish
Quick Tip
To make this festive vegetarian classic ahead of time, freeze the loaf before baking. Thaw for 48 hours in the fridge then bake before dinner.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Mashed potatoes freeze surprisingly well, provided they have plenty of cream and butter! Cool completely and freeze in a bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat gently.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To freeze a mashed sweet potato dish, freeze before baking and before topping with meringue/marshmallows. Thaw overnight in the fridge then top and bake as directed.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
To freeze creamed spinach, cool the cooked dish completely (without breadcrumbs). Freeze tightly wrapped. Thaw in the fridge overnight then top with breadcrumbs and bake gently until warmed through.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Rolls are one of the most magic ways to use your freezer. We have instructions for making simple homemade rolls, then freezing for the big day. All you have to do is thaw and warm. Genius!
The Dessert
Quick Tip
It may surprise you to know that pumpkin pie freezes beautifully. Cool completely after baking, and wrap tightly. A baked pie can be stored up to three weeks in the freezer.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
With plenty of time left before the holiday, you can make this simple-as-a-snap sparkling cider (alcoholic or non-alcoholic is up to you).
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
Make the dough for these cheesy, airy poofs weeks ahead and freeze solid on baking sheets, then transfer to bags for storage. Bake straight from the freezer for an impressive but not too filling pre-dinner snack.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Don't forget to buy your turkey well ahead of the holiday and to start thawing it at least 4 to 5 days before cooking.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Mashed potatoes freeze surprisingly well, provided they have plenty of cream and butter! Cool completely and freeze in a bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat gently.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To freeze a mashed sweet potato dish, freeze before baking and before topping with meringue/marshmallows. Thaw overnight in the fridge then top and bake as directed.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
The greens for this bake can be prepared and frozen ahead of time. When ready to finish, just add the polenta slices and cheese and bake.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Freeze the baked rolls for up to a month. Thaw in the fridge overnight and warm in the oven for 10 minutes until heated through.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
Any pie crust freezes beautifully. For faster thawing, freeze this in rolled-out rounds, pressed between parchment or plastic wrap. Thaw in the fridge before using.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
With plenty of time left before the holiday, you can make this simple-as-a-snap sparkling cider (alcoholic or non-alcoholic is up to you).
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
The most classic (and classy) appetizer relies on a simple sauce that can be mixed together and refrigerated weeks ahead.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Don't forget to buy your turkey well ahead of the holiday and to start thawing it at least 4 to 5 days before cooking.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Mashed potatoes freeze surprisingly well, provided they have plenty of cream and butter! Cool completely and freeze in a bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat gently.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To freeze a mashed sweet potato dish, freeze before baking and before topping with meringue/marshmallows. Thaw overnight in the fridge then top and bake as directed.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
The greens for this bake can be prepared and frozen ahead of time. When ready to finish, stir in the rest of the ingredients and bake.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Rolls are one of the most magic ways to use your freezer. We have instructions for making simple homemade rolls, then freezing for the big day. All you have to do is thaw and warm. Genius!
The Dessert
Quick Tip
It may surprise you to know that pumpkin pie freezes beautifully. Cool completely after baking, and wrap tightly. A baked pie can be stored up to three weeks in the freezer.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
With plenty of time left before the holiday, you can make this simple-as-a-snap sparkling cider (alcoholic or non-alcoholic is up to you).
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
Make the dough for these cheesy, airy poofs weeks ahead and freeze solid on baking sheets, then transfer to bags for storage. Bake straight from the freezer for an impressive but not too filling pre-dinner snack.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Freeze the loaf before baking. Thaw for 48 hours in the fridge then bake before dinner.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Mashed potatoes freeze surprisingly well, provided they have plenty of cream and butter! Cool completely and freeze in a bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat gently.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To freeze sweet potato gratin, cook without breadcrumbs, then cool thoroughly. Cover tightly and freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Add the breadcrumbs and warm gently in the oven.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
The greens for this bake can be prepared and frozen ahead of time. When ready to finish, stir in the rest of the ingredients and bake.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Freeze the shaped (but unbaked) rolls for up to a month. To bake fresh on the holiday, thaw in the baking dish overnight in the fridge. Proof at room temperature for an hour then bake as directed.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
Freeze the finished bars in a covered container for up to 1 month before the holiday.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Make the honey syrup for this cocktail ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
Prep these olives in their cheddar jackets and freeze. Bake straight from the freezer. (We recommend making multiple batches; people go crazy for these!)
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
When you start checking the roasting turkey's temperature, check in two places: the thighs (165ºF) and the breasts (160ºF).
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Bake for about 75% of the recommended time then cool, cover with layers of plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight then bake until hot, bubbly, and tender.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To speed making these little sweet potato cups on Thanksgiving Day, roast, mash, and freeze sweet potatoes a few weeks ahead. (Tip: Just throw them in the slow cooker then peel and mash!)
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
The greens for this bake can be prepared and frozen ahead of time. When ready to finish, just add the polenta slices and cheese and bake.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Freeze the baked rolls for up to a month. Thaw in the fridge overnight and warm in the oven for 10 minutes until heated through.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
Classic Thanksgiving flavors, in an ice cream! Why not? It's easy to make this ahead and stash in the freezer, and it's especially nice for those of you celebrating the holiday in warmer climates.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Make the honey syrup for this cocktail ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to use.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
Sweet and salty almonds, with a make-ahead twist: store in an airtight container for a few days, or freeze for longer storage.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Make the glaze for this delicious twist on turkey as early as you would like, and freeze it. When cooking, set your timer to 2 hours after putting your bird in the oven; that's when you'll start checking the temperature (165ºF for the thighs, 160º for the breasts).
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Mashed potatoes freeze surprisingly well, provided they have plenty of cream and butter! Cool completely and freeze in a bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat gently.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To freeze sweet potato gratin, cook without breadcrumbs, then cool thoroughly. Cover tightly and freeze. Thaw in the fridge overnight. Add the breadcrumbs and warm gently in the oven.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
The greens for this bake can be prepared and frozen ahead of time. When ready to finish, stir in the rest of the ingredients and bake.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Freeze the shaped (but unbaked) rolls for up to a month. To bake fresh on the holiday, thaw in the baking dish overnight in the fridge. Proof at room temperature for an hour then bake as directed.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
Freeze the finished bars in a covered container for up to 1 month before the holiday.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Make the honey syrup for this cocktail ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
Prep these olives in their cheddar jackets and freeze. Bake straight from the freezer. (We recommend making multiple batches; people go crazy for these!)
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Prepare the lasagna in a freezer-safe baking dish and freeze before baking. Bake the lasagna directly from the freezer. Expect to double the baking time in the recipe.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Mashed potatoes freeze surprisingly well, provided they have plenty of cream and butter! Cool completely and freeze in a bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat gently.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To freeze a mashed sweet potato dish, freeze before baking and before topping with meringue/marshmallows. Thaw overnight in the fridge then top and bake as directed.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Cook collard greens well ahead of the day and freeze in an airtight bag. Warm gently on the stove or in the oven.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Freeze the shaped (but unbaked) rolls for up to a month. To bake fresh on the holiday, thaw in the baking dish overnight in the fridge. Proof at room temperature for an hour then bake as directed.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
To freeze this lush cake, wrap the fully cooled cake in plastic wrap and then foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature, still wrapped.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Make the Cranberry Rosemary syrup for this cocktail ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
A chance to try your hand at pickles. Any made-ahead homemade pickle will shine on a holiday relish tray.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Make the glaze for this delicious twist on turkey as early as you would like, and freeze it. When cooking, set your timer to 2 hours after putting your bird in the oven; that's when you'll start checking the temperature (165ºF for the thighs, 160º for the breasts).
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Mashed potatoes freeze surprisingly well, provided they have plenty of cream and butter! Cool completely and freeze in a bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat gently.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To freeze a mashed sweet potato dish, freeze before baking and before topping with meringue/marshmallows. Thaw overnight in the fridge then top and bake as directed.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
The greens for this bake can be prepared and frozen ahead of time. When ready to finish, just add the polenta slices and cheese and bake.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Freeze the baked rolls for up to a month. Thaw in the fridge overnight and warm in the oven for 10 minutes until heated through.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
Peanut butter cups for Thanksgiving dessert are unorthodox but a huge hit with kids young and old. They also freeze well, so bonus.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Make the Cranberry Rosemary syrup for this cocktail ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
An intensely luxurious spread for baguette or vegetables. It keeps for up to a week, although this can be extended to two weeks by capping the jar with clarified butter.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Make the glaze for this delicious twist on turkey as early as you would like, and freeze it. When cooking, set your timer to 2 hours after putting your bird in the oven; that's when you'll start checking the temperature (165ºF for the thighs, 160º for the breasts).
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Freeze this gravy for up to two months before the holiday. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator then reheat over low heat on the stove, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
To make bread dressing ahead, bake then cool completely. Wrap tightly and freeze. To serve, thaw overnight, then add a little extra broth and butter and reheat (covered) in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Mashed potatoes freeze surprisingly well, provided they have plenty of cream and butter! Cool completely and freeze in a bag. Thaw overnight in the fridge then reheat gently.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
To freeze a mashed sweet potato dish, freeze before baking and before topping with meringue/marshmallows. Thaw overnight in the fridge then top and bake as directed.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Yes, you can freeze cranberry sauce! Freeze in an airtight container for up to two months, then thaw overnight in the fridge before serving.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Cook collard greens well ahead of the day and freeze in an airtight bag. Warm gently on the stove or in the oven.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Freeze the shaped (but unbaked) rolls for up to a month. To bake fresh on the holiday, thaw in the baking dish overnight in the fridge. Proof at room temperature for an hour then bake as directed.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
To freeze this lush cake, wrap the fully cooled cake in plastic wrap and then foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature, still wrapped.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Make the Cranberry Rosemary syrup for this cocktail ahead of time and freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
An intensely luxurious spread for baguette or vegetables. It keeps for up to a week, although this can be extended to two weeks by capping the jar with clarified butter.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Make the entire filling up to two days in advance. Refrigerate. Reheat the filling in a casserole dish then top it with puff pastry.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
Stuffing can be prepared and refrigerated unbaked a day or two in advance. Check the dish before baking and add a little extra liquid if it looks dry.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Make this rich mashed potato dish up to two days ahead and refrigerate, then reheat for about an hour in the oven before dinner.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
Sweet potatoes can be fully cooked and whipped up to 2 days ahead. Top with marshmallows or meringue on Thanksgiving and bake.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Prepare the casserole and then refrigerate for up to 3 days before adding the onions. Onions can be fried up to 2 days in advance.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
Make the pumpkin pie up to a day ahead and refrigerate, but add meringue just before serving.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Mix the wine and fruit for this easy sangria and refrigerate for up to 3 days before your big bash.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
The brie can be wrapped in pastry and kept refrigerated for up to a day before baking and serving. Brush with egg wash just before baking.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Brine a turkey in a wet or dry brine for two days. Dry in the fridge for one more day to crisp the skin. Brined turkeys tend to cook faster than un-brined. Start checking the internal temperature 1 hour before the expected cooking time is over.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
Stuffing can be prepared and refrigerated unbaked a day or two in advance. Check the dish before baking and add a little extra liquid if it looks dry.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Make this rich mashed potato dish up to two days ahead and refrigerate, then reheat for about an hour in the oven before dinner.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
Sweet potatoes can be fully cooked and whipped up to 2 days ahead. Top with marshmallows or meringue on Thanksgiving and bake.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Prepare the casserole and then refrigerate for up to 3 days before adding the onions. Onions can be fried up to 2 days in advance.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
To save time on Thanksgiving Day, you can make your pie crust and you're filling a few days ahead. Chill them separately, then combine and bake on Thanksgiving morning.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Mix the wine and fruit for this easy sangria and refrigerate for up to 3 days before your big bash.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
Make the cranberry sauce mixture ahead of time, so all you have to do is top the brie and bake just before guests arrive.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Brine a turkey in a wet or dry brine for two days. Dry in the fridge for one more day to crisp the skin. Brined turkeys tend to cook faster than un-brined. Start checking the internal temperature 1 hour before the expected cooking time is over.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
Stuffing can be prepared and refrigerated unbaked a day or two in advance. Check the dish before baking and add a little extra liquid if it looks dry.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Make this rich mashed potato dish up to two days ahead and refrigerate, then reheat for about an hour in the oven before dinner.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
Sweet potatoes can be fully cooked and whipped up to 2 days ahead. Top with marshmallows or meringue on Thanksgiving and bake.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Prepare the casserole and then refrigerate for up to 3 days before adding the onions. Onions can be fried up to 2 days in advance.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
Make the pumpkin pie up to a day ahead and refrigerate, but add meringue just before serving.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Mix the wine and fruit for this easy sangria and refrigerate for up to 3 days before your big bash.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
The brie can be wrapped in pastry and kept refrigerated for up to a day before baking and serving. Brush with egg wash just before baking.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Prep the nut loaf mixture then refrigerate for one to three days before baking.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
Grill the bread for this fresh, delicious stuffing a day or two ahead of time.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This gorgeous potato dish gets its color and savory flavor from rutabaga. To get a jumpstart on preparation, peel and slice the vegetables the previous day, and refrigerate submerged in a bowl of water.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
Prep the smoky breadcrumbs and infused cream for this sweet potato gratin ahead of time and assemble on Thanksgiving.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Prepare the casserole and then refrigerate for up to 3 days before adding the sesame sticks. Top and bake just before dinner.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
These pumpkin pie bars can be made up to 3 days ahead and chilled until serving.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Mix the wine and fruit for this easy sangria and refrigerate for up to 3 days before your big bash.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
The brie can be wrapped in pastry and kept refrigerated for up to a day before baking and serving. Brush with egg wash just before baking.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Make the butter for the turkey a few days in advance. Turkey can be wrapped in bacon a day ahead and refrigerated, covered tightly in plastic wrap.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
Stuffing can be prepared and refrigerated unbaked a day or two in advance. Check the dish before baking and add a little extra liquid if it looks dry.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This gorgeous potato dish gets its color and savory flavor from rutabaga. To get a jumpstart on preparation, peel and slice the vegetables the previous day, and refrigerate submerged in a bowl of water.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
Prepare the sweet potato mixture a day or two ahead of time and refrigerate. Bake just before dinner.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Prepare the casserole and then refrigerate for up to 3 days before adding the sesame sticks. Top and bake just before dinner.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
These spiced-up bars need to set overnight in the fridge, but can be refrigerated for a few days if you want to make them ahead.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Mix the wine and fruit for this easy sangria and refrigerate for up to 3 days before your big bash.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
The dates can be prepped and refrigerated for up to a day before baking.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Make the butter for the turkey a few days in advance. Turkey can be wrapped in bacon a day ahead and refrigerated, covered tightly in plastic wrap.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
Stuffing can be prepared and refrigerated unbaked a day or two in advance. Check the dish before baking and add a little extra liquid if it looks dry.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This gorgeous potato dish gets its color and savory flavor from rutabaga. To get a jumpstart on preparation, peel and slice the vegetables the previous day, and refrigerate submerged in a bowl of water.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
Prep the smoky breadcrumbs and infused cream for this sweet potato gratin ahead of time and assemble on Thanksgiving.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Prepare the casserole and then refrigerate for up to 3 days before adding the sesame sticks. Top and bake just before dinner.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
These pumpkin pie bars can be made up to 3 days ahead and chilled until serving.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Mix the wine and fruit for this easy sangria and refrigerate for up to 3 days before your big bash.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
The filling can be made up to 3 days in advance. The stuffed mushrooms can be cooked up to 4 hours in advance and held at room temperature. Warm in the oven before serving.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Assemble the lasagna up to two days in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. Expect to add up to 20% more time to bake the chilled lasagna.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
Grill the bread for this fresh, delicious stuffing a day or two ahead of time.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Cook and rice the potatoes and shred the cheese up to 2 days ahead of time. Refrigerate. Before dinner, combine into this gloriously cheesy potato dish.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
This whole dish can be prepared up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated. Warm gently in the oven before serving.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Blanch and dress the green beans the day before, then serve at room temperature with the breadcrumbs (also prepared a day or two ahead).
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
The cake can be made 1 or 2 days ahead. After cooling completely, wrap with plastic wrap or store in an airtight container at room temperature.
The Drink to Buy
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What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
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Make the hibiscus and ginger base to this punch up to a week ahead. Refrigerate then mix with ginger ale or Champagne to serve.
The Appetizer
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This stress-free appetizer can be made a few days in advance, wrapped in plastic wrap, and stored in the fridge until Thanksgiving Day.
The Big Dish
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Make the butter for the turkey a few days in advance. Turkey can be wrapped in bacon a day ahead and refrigerated, covered tightly in plastic wrap.
The Gravy
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Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
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Stuffing can be prepared and refrigerated unbaked a day or two in advance. Check the dish before baking and add a little extra liquid if it looks dry.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Cook and rice the potatoes and shred the cheese up to 2 days ahead of time. Refrigerate. Before dinner, combine into this gloriously cheesy potato dish.
The Sweet Potatoes
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Prepare the sweet potato mixture a day or two ahead of time and refrigerate. Bake just before dinner.
The Cranberries
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Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
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Blanch and dress the green beans the day before, then serve at room temperature with the gluten-free breadcrumbs (also prepared a day or two ahead).
Dinner Rolls
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Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
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These no-baked custards can be made ahead and refrigerated for several days before serving.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
Make the hibiscus and ginger base to this punch up to a week ahead. Refrigerate then mix with ginger ale or Champagne to serve.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
This stress-free appetizer can be made a few days in advance, wrapped in plastic wrap, and stored in the fridge until Thanksgiving Day.
The Big Dish
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Make the glaze for this delicious twist on turkey as early as you would like, and freeze it. When cooking, set your timer to 2 hours after putting your bird in the oven; that's when you'll start checking the temperature (165ºF for the thighs, 160º for the breasts).
The Gravy
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Make this gravy 3 to 5 days before serving. Reheat gently over low heat, whisking to smooth.
The Stuffing
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Stuffing can be prepared and refrigerated unbaked a day or two in advance. Check the dish before baking and add a little extra liquid if it looks dry.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
Cook and rice the potatoes and shred the cheese up to 2 days ahead of time. Refrigerate. Before dinner, combine into this gloriously cheesy potato dish.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
This whole dish can be prepared up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated. Warm gently in the oven before serving.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce only gets better after a few days in the fridge. This is one thing to check off your to-do list a week ahead of the holiday.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
Blanch and dress the green beans the day before, then serve at room temperature with the breadcrumbs (also prepared a day or two ahead).
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Get most of the work done ahead by making the dough and shaping the rolls, then refrigerating overnight. Let come to room temperature then bake for fresh, hot rolls.
The Dessert
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This cake needs to be chilled overnight at least, but can be made 2 to 3 days before the big day. Bring to room temperature before slicing and serving.
The Drink to Buy
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What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
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Make the hibiscus and ginger base to this punch up to a week ahead. Refrigerate then mix with ginger ale or Champagne to serve.
The Appetizer
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The puffs can be assembled the day before, covered in plastic wrap, refrigerated overnight, and then baked off the following day.
The Big Dish
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For extra-quick last-minute assembly, buy pre-cut ingredients, from the onions to the mushrooms.
The Gravy
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For quick, last-minute gravy, make the caramelized onions and mushrooms ahead of time, then prep the gravy just before dinner so it comes to the table hot.
The Stuffing
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This ultra-simple stove top stuffing has all the flavor you crave but leaves the oven clear for the turkey.
The Potatoes
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For a quicker last-minute mashed potato, go rustic. No peeler or ricer needed here; leave the peels on and smash quickly for big, hearty chunks that sop up gravy.
The Sweet Potatoes
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This playful take on baked sweet potatoes is far quicker and easier than boiling and mashing spuds, and it gives plenty of surface area for butter.
The Cranberries
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Cranberry sauce is probably the easiest thing you'll make on Thanksgiving Day. Get this sauce simmering while you set the table; it will be ready and cooled by the time dinner starts.
The Veggies
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For a quicker last-minute green bean casserole, buy trimmed green beans or use frozen. This is also a moment to reach for the canned fried onions.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Have an extra hour before dinner? Make warm, yeasty, homemade rolls.
The Dessert
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For last-minute pumpkin pie, have the crust and filling ready to go, then put in the oven just as the turkey comes out to rest. The pie will be done before dinner is over, with some time to cool.
The Drink to Buy
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What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
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The easiest last-minute cocktail: just mix three ingredients in a glass and serve.
The Appetizer
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When you need a last-minute appetizer, nothing is easier than one beautiful bloomy cheese. Pair with fancy crackers and some sliced fruit for a lovely tray.
The Big Dish
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Did you forget about your turkey? Is it frozen solid? No problem! Cook it straight from the freezer. Plan on a frozen turkey taking about 50% longer to cook to doneness (165ºF all around) than a thawed one.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Gravy is a last-minute task (if you didn't make it ahead) but if you have other side dishes to juggle, pour the gravy in a thermos or carafe to stay warm until dinner.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
For last-minute ease, prep this stuffing the night before so it's ready to pop in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
For a quicker last-minute mashed potato, go rustic. No peeler or ricer needed here; leave the peels on and smash quickly for big, hearty chunks that sop up gravy.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
This playful take on baked sweet potatoes is far quicker and easier than boiling and mashing spuds, and it gives plenty of surface area for butter.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce is probably the easiest thing you'll make on Thanksgiving Day. Get this sauce simmering while you set the table; it will be ready and cooled by the time dinner starts.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
For a quicker last-minute green bean casserole, buy trimmed green beans or use frozen. This is also a moment to reach for the canned fried onions.
Dinner Rolls
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To streamline day-of cooking, make rolls the night before and gently warm in foil in the oven as the turkey is resting.
The Dessert
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For last-minute pumpkin pie, have the crust and filling ready to go, then put in the oven just as the turkey comes out to rest. The pie will be done before dinner is over, with some time to cool.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
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The easiest last-minute cocktail: just mix three ingredients in a glass and serve.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
Buy some shrimp and set a guest to mixing up this ultra-easy, ultra-quick sauce for the most classic of all appetizers.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Did you forget about your turkey? Is it frozen solid? No problem! Cook it straight from the freezer. Plan on a frozen turkey taking about 50% longer to cook to doneness (165ºF all around) than a thawed one.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Gravy is a last-minute task (if you didn't make it ahead) but if you have other side dishes to juggle, pour the gravy in a thermos or carafe to stay warm until dinner.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
This ultra-simple stove top stuffing has all the flavor you crave but leaves the oven clear for the turkey.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
For a quicker last-minute mashed potato, go rustic. No peeler or ricer needed here; leave the peels on and smash quickly for big, hearty chunks that sop up gravy.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
This playful take on baked sweet potatoes is far quicker and easier than boiling and mashing spuds, and it gives plenty of surface area for butter.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce is probably the easiest thing you'll make on Thanksgiving Day. Get this sauce simmering while you set the table; it will be ready and cooled by the time dinner starts.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
For a quicker last-minute green bean casserole, buy trimmed green beans or use frozen. This is also a moment to reach for the canned fried onions.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Have an extra hour before dinner? Make warm, yeasty, homemade rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
For last-minute pumpkin pie, have the crust and filling ready to go, then put in the oven just as the turkey comes out to rest. The pie will be done before dinner is over, with some time to cool.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
The easiest last-minute cocktail: just mix three ingredients in a glass and serve.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
Buy some shrimp and set a guest to mixing up this ultra-easy, ultra-quick sauce for the most classic of all appetizers.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Bake this delicious vegetarian main in a hollowed-out Delicata squash for an even more festive and colorful centerpiece.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
For quick, last-minute gravy, make the caramelized onions and mushrooms ahead of time, then prep the gravy just before dinner so it comes to the table hot.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
This ultra-simple stove top stuffing has all the flavor you crave but leaves the oven clear for the turkey.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This playful take on baked potatoes is far quicker and easier than boiling and mashing spuds, and it gives plenty of surface area for butter.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
If your oven is full on Thanksgiving Day, make these luscious stovetop sweet potatoes instead of the more traditional baked version. They're hands-off and oh-so-good.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce is probably the easiest thing you'll make on Thanksgiving Day. This sauce follows the basic formula but it's pepped up with just a few extra spices.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
For a quicker last-minute dish, use frozen green beans.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Have an extra hour before dinner? Make warm, yeasty, homemade rolls.
The Dessert
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This galette is forgiving and unfussy, and a great way to occupy a guest who wants to help! Hand them pie dough and a bowl of apples and ask them to cut the fruit and assemble the tart.
The Drink to Buy
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What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
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A last-minute sangria: No overnight chilling required.
The Appetizer
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This crowd-pleasing dip comes together in a flash. Just remember to take the cream cheese and feta out of the fridge an hour before blending.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
For a last-minute meal, turkey breast thaws and cooks more quickly than a whole bird. For juicy turkey, don't overcook it! Start checking the temperature in the thickest part of the meat after only an hour of cooking.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Gravy is a last-minute task (if you didn't make it ahead) but if you have other side dishes to juggle, pour the gravy in a thermos or carafe to stay warm until dinner.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
For last-minute ease, prep this stuffing the night before so it's ready to pop in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This playful take on baked potatoes is far quicker and easier than boiling and mashing spuds, and it gives plenty of surface area for butter.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
If your oven is full on Thanksgiving Day, make these luscious stovetop sweet potatoes instead of the more traditional baked version. They're hands-off and oh-so-good.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce is probably the easiest thing you'll make on Thanksgiving Day. This sauce follows the basic formula but it's pepped up with just a few extra spices.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
For a quicker last-minute dish, use frozen green beans.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
To streamline day-of cooking, make rolls the night before and gently warm in foil in the oven as the turkey is resting.
The Dessert
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These bars need some time to chill but if you assemble them the morning of Thanksgiving they should be ready by the time dessert is served. Bonus: they're no-bake, leaving the oven free for turkey and stuffing.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
A last-minute sangria: No overnight chilling required.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
This crowd-pleasing dip comes together in a flash. Just remember to take the cream cheese and feta out of the fridge an hour before blending.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
For a last-minute meal, turkey breast thaws and cooks more quickly than a whole bird. For juicy turkey, don't overcook it! Start checking the temperature in the thickest part of the meat after only an hour of cooking.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Gravy is a last-minute task (if you didn't make it ahead) but if you have other side dishes to juggle, pour the gravy in a thermos or carafe to stay warm until dinner.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
This ultra-simple stove top stuffing has all the flavor you crave but leaves the oven clear for the turkey.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This playful take on baked potatoes is far quicker and easier than boiling and mashing spuds, and it gives plenty of surface area for butter.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
If your oven is full on Thanksgiving Day, make these luscious stovetop sweet potatoes instead of the more traditional baked version. They're hands-off and oh-so-good.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Cranberry sauce is probably the easiest thing you'll make on Thanksgiving Day. This sauce follows the basic formula but it's pepped up with just a few extra spices.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
For a quicker last-minute dish, use frozen green beans.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Have an extra hour before dinner? Make warm, yeasty, homemade rolls.
The Dessert
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A last-minute pie with a no-fail pie crust, this gingery number calls for graham crackers instead of traditional pie dough.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
A last-minute sangria: No overnight chilling required.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
This crowd-pleasing dip comes together in a flash. Just remember to take the cream cheese and feta out of the fridge an hour before blending.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
Thin-skinned acorn squash are a perfect last-minute option since there's no peeling required. Use roasted pecans in place of meat for extra heartiness.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
For quick, last-minute gravy, make the caramelized onions and mushrooms ahead of time, then prep the gravy just before dinner so it comes to the table hot.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
This ultra-simple stove top stuffing has all the flavor you crave but leaves the oven clear for the turkey.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This intensely cheesy take on mashed potatoes is best made at the last moment, with cheese whipped in by hand.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
For quick last-minute prep, roast and mash the potatoes ahead of time, then mix and bake just before dinner.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Like virtually all cranberry sauces, this one simmers up quickly. But it tastes super luxurious with the addition of dried figs and whiskey.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
This ultra-quick stovetop dish is a welcome change from heavier casseroles. Look for trimmed and skinny French beans for easy prep.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Have an extra hour before dinner? Make warm, yeasty, homemade rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
For quick last-minute preparation, make the cranberry curd a day before and chill until baking.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
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A four-ingredient pitcher cocktail that doesn't even require any citrus or juicing.
The Appetizer
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A fresh, snappy start to a rich meal. Just pick up a tub of fancy hummus and some crudite.
The Big Dish
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Save thawing time: buy fresh turkey drumsticks and breast. It's quicker to braise turkey parts separately than to roast a whole bird. You'll still want to take the meat's temperature: You're not done till it hits 165ºF.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Gravy is a last-minute task (if you didn't make it ahead) but if you have other side dishes to juggle, pour the gravy in a thermos or carafe to stay warm until dinner.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
For last-minute ease, prep this stuffing the night before so it's ready to pop in the oven.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This intensely cheesy take on mashed potatoes is best made at the last moment, with cheese whipped in by hand.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
For quick last-minute prep, roast and mash the potatoes ahead of time, then mix and bake just before dinner.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Like virtually all cranberry sauces, this one simmers up quickly. But it tastes super luxurious with the addition of dried figs and whiskey.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
This ultra-quick stovetop dish is a welcome change from heavier casseroles. Look for trimmed and skinny French beans for easy prep.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
To streamline day-of cooking, make rolls the night before and gently warm in foil in the oven as the turkey is resting.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
Butterscotch pudding is a lovely last-minute dessert for the morning of Thanksgiving, especially since it requires no oven time. Cook on the stove then refrigerate until ready to eat.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
A four-ingredient pitcher cocktail that doesn't even require any citrus or juicing.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
A fresh, snappy start to a rich meal. Just pick up a tub of fancy hummus and some crudite.
The Big Dish
Quick Tip
If you're cooking a last-minute meal, turkey breast thaws and cooks more quickly than a whole bird. This dish cooks in less than an hour, when the thermometer reads 165ºF in the thickest part of the breast.
The Gravy
Quick Tip
Gravy is a last-minute task (if you didn't make it ahead) but if you have other side dishes to juggle, pour the gravy in a thermos or carafe to stay warm until dinner.
The Stuffing
Quick Tip
This gorgeous bread dressing doesn't require you to dry bread out for a night or two. Instead it's grilled! You can do this on the morning of the holiday itself, then prep the stuffing and bake immediately.
The Potatoes
Quick Tip
This intensely cheesy take on mashed potatoes is best made at the last moment, with cheese whipped in by hand.
The Sweet Potatoes
Quick Tip
For quick last-minute prep, roast and mash the potatoes ahead of time, then mix and bake just before dinner.
The Cranberries
Quick Tip
Like virtually all cranberry sauces, this one simmers up quickly. But it tastes super luxurious with the addition of dried figs and whiskey.
The Veggies
Quick Tip
This ultra-quick stovetop dish is a welcome change from heavier casseroles. Look for trimmed and skinny French beans for easy prep.
Dinner Rolls
Quick Tip
Have an extra hour before dinner? Make warm, yeasty, homemade rolls.
The Dessert
Quick Tip
For quick last-minute preparation, make the cranberry curd a day before and chill until baking.
The Drink to Buy
Quick Tip
What to drink with dinner, and why.
The Drink to Make
Quick Tip
A four-ingredient pitcher cocktail that doesn't even require any citrus or juicing.
The Appetizer
Quick Tip
A fresh, snappy start to a rich meal. Just pick up a tub of fancy hummus and some crudite.
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