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20 Easiest Holiday Recipes

A collection of 20 faster, shorter, and make-ahead recipes for the ultimate stress-free and delicious Thanksgiving

Stress-Free Thanksgiving
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Have a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving meal, for a number of families, is the most important of the year. Many cooks relish the whole ritual of planning and preparing: It's an act of love. Which isn't to say that a few shortcuts don't come in handy. The day can feel overstuffed, work-wise, for the person who toils in the kitchen. Most of us can use some help.

In that spirit, we laid out a challenge to our Test Kitchen: Create the easiest Turkey Day recipes ever, ones that hold close to the flavors and traditions we cherish but take a few items off the cook's list of duties. We shortened ingredient lists, leaned on convenience products (where their supporting role would not stick out), developed make-ahead dishes, and called on every trick in our playbook to produce 20 time-saving Thanksgiving recipes.

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