15-Minute (or Less) Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for a last-minute recipe to add to this year's Thanksgiving dinner? These quick and easy Thanksgiving side dishes, salads, and desserts are sure to please your hungry crowd. Including cranberry sauce, gravy, and mashed potatoes, we have delicious, time-saving solutions to fit every Thanksgiving menu.


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    • Fennel and Orange Salad

      Whisk together orange juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar to create the delightful citrus vinaigrette that dresses our gorgeous blood orange salad. Fennel, crisp lettuce, and snipped chives balance the citrusy flavor of the fruit.

    • Garlic and Herb Mashed Potatoes

      Add a rich and creamy texture to your boxed potatoes with cream cheese -- we swear you won't be able to tell the difference from your favorite Thanksgiving mashed potato recipe! Fresh parsley adds delicious flavor fast.

    • How to Mash Potatoes: Three Easy Steps

      Making mashed potatoes can be surprisingly easy. Simply follow our tips to master the technique.

    • Orange-Ginger Carrots

      Our 10-minute citrusy carrots make a low-stress addition to any holiday meal. A hit of honey adds a slightly sweet flavor, while ginger amps up the zest factor.

    • Double-Cranberry Sauce

      It wouldn't be Thanksgiving dinner without a helping of tart cranberry sauce. Skip the canned version this year and serve a simple, 15-minute Thanksgiving recipe you can make with fresh or frozen cranberries. Pomegranate juice and molasses balance the tangy berries, and a dash of shredded orange peel adds delicious citrus flavor.

    • Easy Garlic Bread

      Searching for a last-minute Thanksgiving side dish? It only takes 5 minutes to turn a loaf of crusty country bread into deliciously simple garlic toast. Rub each toasted slice with fresh garlic and tomato, then sprinkle with sea salt and serve.

    • Cinnamon Orange Slices

      Bright orange slices with a sprinkling of cinnamon create an unexpected flavor pairing that's sure to wow. The best part: Your guests will never guess the Thanksgiving side dish took just 5 minutes to prepare.

    • Perfect Turkey Gravy

      Create a basic turkey gravy with three ingredients and a handful of spices. It's perfect for topping juicy Thanksgiving turkey or a helping of creamy mashed potatoes.

    • Hearts of Romaine with Creamy Feta Dressing

      Not only is this romaine salad perfect for your holiday crowd, but it's so easy to make. Simply slice hearts of romaine lengthwise, drizzle on a basic herb vinaigrette, and top with feta for a gorgeous and hearty Thanksgiving side dish.

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      Little Lemon Tassies

      Just a handful of ingredients is needed for our 10-minute scrumptious dessert. Simply fill store-bought phyllo shells with lemon curd, and you're ready to serve your holiday guests!

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      Goat Cheese Toasts

      Add a rustic touch to your Thanksgiving menu with these 15-minute bruschetta-style toasts. Tangy grapefruit wedges, goat cheese, and salami top crunchy toasted baguette slices for a savory-sweet appetizer.

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      Tomato-Tortellini Soup

      When you're busy cooking, cleaning, and setting the table for Thanksgiving, it's easy to overlook starters like soups and salads. With help from some shortcut ingredients, like refrigerated tortellini and condensed soup, this warm and creamy tomato bisque will be on the table in just 15 minutes.

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      Make Your Own Salad Dressing

      Spice up your Thanksgiving salad with a homemade dressing. Watch how easy it is to make at home!

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      Cranberry-Fig Relish

      Put a fast and fresh spin on cranberry sauce with a chunky cranberry relish recipe. Sweet figs balance the tart cranberries, and orange marmalade adds tangy citrus to the mix.

      Editor's Tip: Save yourself time during the holiday by making this relish ahead. Just prepare and chill for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 6 months.

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      Pumpkin-Bean Soup

      Warm up guests with a fall soup sweetened with pumpkin and coconut. Combine only six ingredients for a simple (and scrumptious) Thanksgiving starter.

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      Smoked Trout Bites

      A quick, creamy horseradish dip mixes with flaked smoked trout for a fuss-free hors d'ouvre in a flash. Smear the spread on slices of marbled rye bread, then top with crunchy sprouts and arrange on a festive serving plate.

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      Bonus: 15-Minute Holiday Sangria

      Add a drink to your holiday menu! Delicious cold-weather fruits mingle our robust red wine sangria. Calimyrna figs, cranberries, and raisins all find a home in the holiday drink.

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      Bonus: 15-Minute Cherry Cocktail

      Just one sip of our sweet whiskey cocktail will have your family clamoring for the holiday drink year after year. Tart cherries balance out the earthy whiskey, and an unexpected splash of cocoa syrup adds an extra layer of depth to the drink.

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      Luscious Pumpkin Desserts

      There's no doubt about it: Pumpkin is the quintessential fall flavor, and we especially love it in desserts. With classic pumpkin recipes like pumpkin pie and new favorites like pumpkin bread pudding and pumpkin cupcakes, our collection of pumpkin dessert recipes will have you prepared for any fall gathering.
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