20 of the Simplest Recipes for Thanksgiving
1) Baked Goat Cheese
There are people who plan their Thanksgiving menus weeks in advance and spend hours and hours in the kitchen, with the end result being a meal that Martha Stewart would sell her kidney for. Then there are the other people who arent exactly as ambitious and pretty much just want to eat without a lot of fuss.
If thats the case, weve got you covered. These recipes are much easier and still guarantee a taste of the season without taking a season to make. For that, were all thankful.
Need an easy appetizer? Look no further than baked goat cheese with thyme and olive oil. Add some crackers or baguettes, and youre good to go.
2) Prosciutto-Wrapped Turkey Roulade
Not in the mood to tackle a whole turkey? Take 15 minutes to stuff the butterflied breast with veggies, wrap it in prosciutto, throw it in the oven, and you have an elegant (and easy) main dish.
3) Easy Green Bean Casserole
This is a classic for a reason its as simple as three ingredients and 25 minutes in the oven.
4) Butternut Squash Soup
Smooth and creamy without being heavy, this seasonal, pureed soup gets even better with age, and is therefore an excellent candidate for leftovers.
5) Easy Peanut Butter and Chocolate clair Dessert
Only seven ingredients make this easy pan clair of creamy, crunchy layers of peanut butter, graham crackers, and rich chocolate.
Via: Kraft Foods
6) Three-Ingredient Jalapeno Poppers
Crescent rolls, jalapenos, and cream cheese are all thats needed to make this easy appetizer with big crowd appeal.
7) Stovetop Mashed Potatoes
Oven space an issue? This classic side can be made with just taters, cream, butter, and salt to taste right on top of the stove. No more paste-like potatoes!
8) Five Minute Cranberry Relish
All you need are cranberries, sugar, Grand Marnier, and orange zest. Throw it in a food processor and you can say it didnt come from a can.
9) Roasted Brussels Sprouts
There are literally three ingredients to this impressively delicious side dish the sprouts, peanut oil, and pepper flakes. Toss it together (maybe add in some bacon) and throw it in the oven.
10) Five-Ingredient Slow Cooker Stuffing
The oven is full. The stove is crowded. Throw five simple ingredients into a slow cooker and three hours later you have this delicious creation.
11) Graham Cracker Crust Pumpkin Pie
Buy a graham cracker crust (dont be a hero) and fill it with six easy ingredients that will make the classic holiday staple.
12) Rosemary Roasted Turkey Breast
Another option for those who dont want to make a whole bird is to roast the breast with olive oil and herbs for a quick 30 minutes.
Via: Primal Palate
13) Roasted Potatoes with Honey
You could top sweet potatoes with marshmallows, or you could let them shine on their own with only four ingredients potatoes, honey, olive oil, and cinnamon and about 30 minutes of roasting.
14) Pecan and Honey Whiskey Bundt Cake
Not everyone is into pumpkin. For those people, serve this super moist yellow cake with butterscotch flavor, crunchy toasted pecans, and honey whiskey that bakes in under an hour.
15) Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Butter
Or you could simply mash the sweet potatoes with a little milk and smother them in a simple garlic butter.
Via: Wishful Chef
16) Irresistibly Easy Salad
Balance out the heavier fare with this simple salad of greens, Gorgonzola cheese, nuts, fruit, and a simple vinaigrette that can be thrown together in minutes.
Via: Julie Blanner
17) Honey Glazed Carrots
This elegant side dish literally takes 20 minutes from start to finish and only requires about four ingredients.
Via: A Cedar Spoon
18) No Brine Turkey
If you are cooking a whole turkey, make it easy on yourself and coat your turkey with butter before you cook it instead of brining or marinating. This saves you time and space and still delivers a moist hunk of meat.
19) Five Minute Potato Casserole
For those who arent into peeling potatoes, this recipe uses frozen hash browns (and six other ingredients) and takes five minutes to throw together into a pan to throw into the oven.
Via: Carpe Season
20) Golden Pecan Pie
One refrigerated pie crust, one bowl, and a handful of ingredients bring this classic pie together in less than 15 minutes of prep.
You’ll have everyone giving thanks and asking for seconds.