5 Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is just a few days away! If you’re finding yourself stressed out because you don’t know how to get it all done, let me help you with these last minute Thanksgiving recipes. I promise you, even if it is a holiday, it is perfectly okay to take kitchen shortcuts at Thanksgiving.

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5 Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

1. LAST MINUTE SIDE DISH: LOADED MASHED POTATOES

Dress up refrigerated mashed potatoes with creative and tasty stir-ins. It is easy to transform refrigerated mashed potatoes into cheesy Loaded Mashed Potatoes in just a few steps.  To make these shortcut mashed potatoes, heat the refrigerated potatoes as directed and then stir-in plain Greek yogurt for a creamier texture. Add shredded Cheddar cheese, chives, and crunchy crumbled bacon. This dish tastes just like a homemade loaded baked potato and your guests will never know that you started with a premade potatoes!

Shortcut Loaded Mashed Potatoes from Holley Grainger - Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

To note, buy the real mashed potatoes in the refrigerated section and NOT the boxed instant mashed potatoes.

 

2. APPETIZER: THANKSGIVING CHARCUTERIE TURKEY APPETIZER

Another last minute Thanksgiving recipes you can assign to the kids to make for Thanksgiving is Mr. Cheddar & Apple Turkey. This cute and tasty appetizer uses tart Granny Smith apples, sweet Honeycrisp apples and cheddar cheese. Display the turkey on the appetizer table and if it hasn’t been gobbled up, bring it back out for dessert.

Kid-Friendly Cheddar and Apple Turkey Appetizer

If you love the idea of making “turkeys” with your food, check out these 21 Healthy and Fun Thanksgiving Turkey Ideas.

 

3. SIDE DISH: SHORTCUT CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE

While cranberry sauce is very easy to make (just cook fresh cranberries, sugar, and water), sometimes it may feel like one more thing to do for the big meal. Instead of skipping this antioxidant-rich dish altogether, pick up a can of whole berry cranberry sauce

Shortcut Pecan Cranberry Sauce from Holley Grainger - Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

To make Shortcut Pecan Cranberry Sauce, stir together whole berry cranberry sauce, orange zest, cinnamon, and Grande Marnier (or black-cherry bourbon or orange juice). Top with toasted pecans. You can’t be the ease and delicious flavor of this dressed up canned cranberry sauce.

 

4. MAIN DISH STAPLE: GLUTEN-FREE GRAVY

What’s Thanksgiving without turkey gravy, right? Unfortunately, people who avoid gluten may have to skip the gravy because it’s usually made with flour. Thankfully, McCormick Spice has a gluten-free gravy mix that allows you to whip up an almost homemade gravy in five minutes. The benefit, you get that same great gravy flavor without the gluten. If you want to dial up the flavor, try adding ¼ teaspoon of thyme or sage or stir in caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms.

 

5. DESSERT: HOMEMADE WHIPPED CREAM IN A JAR

My favorite tip for saving time at Thanksgiving is at dessert. While I love eating pie, honestly, I’m not the best at making them. That’s why I love dressing up a store-bought pie and making it my own with a fresh homemade whipped cream. This recipe is a great option for children wanting to help prepare the Thanksgiving recipes for the meal. 

DIY Whipped Cream in a Jar from Holley Grainger -

Simply add heavy whipping cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of sugar to a Mason jar, close with the lid and SHAKE. Now bring in the kiddos and getting shaking! 

 

If you have other last minute Thanksgiving recipes and tips, please share them in the comments section. I’m always looking for a new trick! Happy Thanksgiving!
 

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