Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

Don't spend your whole holiday in the kitchen. Allrecipes has over 370 deliciously easy recipes that can be made in under an hour.

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Instant Pot® Turkey Breast

Rating: 4.57 stars
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The Instant Pot® made the moistest turkey breast I have ever made. I usually let this cook in the slow cooker all day, but this turned out so much better. I couldn't believe that I had such a wonderful meal ready in less than an hour total!

Hot Cream Cheese-Corn Casserole

Rating: 4 stars
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This cream cheese-corn casserole is a Thanksgiving classic at our house. Since we like it spicy, I add jalapeno peppers.

Easy Turkey Gravy

Rating: 4.61 stars
640
This gravy comes out perfect every time. The cream of chicken soup is what gives it wonderful flavor. Nice and creamy, never lumpy.

Instant Pot® Mashed Potatoes

Make the best mashed potatoes you've ever tasted with this quick and easy recipe. The cream cheese makes them extra velvety, a trick I picked up from my brother Mike.

Stuffed Hasselback Turkey Breast

Rating: 4.59 stars
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Much easier than a traditional roast turkey, this sliced and stuffed turkey breast takes far less time than a whole bird, and it's perfect for an everyday or holiday dinner for a smaller group.

Maple-Dijon Brussels Leaf Salad

Rating: 4.46 stars
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This is my go-to unexpected side for Thanksgiving and other pot-lucks. Aside from being gorgeous, it holds up well when made ahead, tastes great at room temp, and appeals to lots of eaters because it's vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and low-carb friendly. The only thing that takes time is deconstructing the Brussels sprouts. The salad keeps in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Quick and Easy Sausage Stuffing

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This recipe has been made over and over for generations - real yummy, really easy, and quick!

Bacon-Garlic Green Beans

Rating: 4.56 stars
25
Another family favorite vegetable side-dish that is simple and quick to make. Great for family dinners, Thanksgiving, or any occasion. You can substitute lime zest for the lemon zest, if desired.

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Basic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.52 stars
597
If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe. Simple and delicious.

Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Rating: 4.73 stars
1349
Butternut squash is so good on its own, that barely any seasoning is needed. This recipe is so simple and easy.

Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast

Rating: 4.72 stars
288
Easy to make, great for dinner, leftovers and sandwiches. Adapted for our 2-person household from larger recipes for larger families with larger appetites.
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Buttery Garlic Green Beans

Rating: 4.7 stars
712

Only fresh green beans and garlic will do for this easy, healthy, and flavorful side dish.