Digging into Thanksgiving turkey
and mashed potatoes is easy. Cooking them, on the other hand, can feel anything but. Even though there are seemingly dozens of dishes to put on the table, your kitchen doesn't have to be stressful place on Turkey Day. Here are Brit + Co's best recipes for your feast, from drinks
. Let there be lots of deliciousness and no headaches.
Clementine Whiskey Smash Recipe:
Every holiday get-together should start with something to drink — like this simple smash. Sweet clementine juice cuts through the sharpness of whiskey, and a cinnamon-stick stirrer adds a little warmth.
Crescent-Roll Cornucopia Cheese Plate Recipe:
Nothing bonds a group like cheese and crackers. Level up your go-to cheese plate with an edible cornucopia, which you make by simply wrapping a foil cone with crescent dough and baking until golden.
Cheesy Garlic Bombs Recipe:
Remember what we said about cheese bringing people together? That applies in this gooey, garlicky, pull-apart skillet bread situation too.
One-Hour Turkey Recipe:
If you don't have four hours to cook a turkey, that doesn't mean you have to rule out serving the bird on Thanksgiving. These garlic- and herb-roasted turkey breasts take less than an hour to cook, and with lemon, onion, and white wine, they're just as juicy as the whole bird would be.
Caramelized Onion Gravy Recipe:
That one-hour turkey needs gravy. This meat-free recipe means vegetarians can also enjoy a ladleful on their mashed potatoes.
Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe:
Ditch the marshmallows in favor of a crispy pecan streusel on top of brown-sugary sweet potatoes. This side pairs wonderfully with that clementine whiskey smash we mentioned earlier.
Cranberry Sauce Three Ways Recipe:
It's easy to add another layer of flavor to plain cranberry sauce, be it cabernet wine and fresh orange juice, pomegranate and brown sugar, or even pineapple and walnuts.
Three-Cheese Gnocchi Mac and Cheese Recipe:
Gnocchi tossed in a Gruyère, fontina, and Parmesan cheese sauce and baked with a crispy breadcrumb topping will remind you why you're thankful for carbs (not that that's easy to forget).
Easy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe:
Your spread always needs some sort of vegetable! You can opt for this last-minute cauliflower, which roasts in just 15 to 20 minutes.
Sweet Potato Gratin Recipe:
Go for this savory version of sweet potatoes. Layered with Gruyère, cream, sage, and nutmeg, these spuds might be even more comforting than the sugary version.
Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe:
For some, no holiday menu is complete without simple, unadulterated macaroni and cheese. Free up your oven and stovetop space by using a slow cooker. It results in an even thicker cheese sauce.
No-Fail Crispy Casserole Topping Recipe:
Green beans, potatoes, and really any casserole benefit from a buttery breadcrumb topping. This five-ingredient mixture, made with garlic powder and dried parsley, should be your go-to.
Gingerbread Pecan Cheesecake Recipe:
No pie, no problem. This silky cheesecake is cradled in a crumbly graham-cracker crust and topped with crispy pecans and sticky caramel for a symphony of fall flavors.
Apple Cinnamon Galette Recipe:
Forgo traditional apple pie for this rustic seven-ingredient galette, sprinkled with sweet toffee bits for a unique touch.
Pumpkin Swirl Brownies Recipe:
Brownies are always a safe bet for a pickier crowd. A bright swirl of pumpkin in the luscious batter adds an autumnal element.
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