20 Easiest Holiday Recipes
A collection of 20 faster, shorter, and make-ahead recipes for the ultimate stress-free and delicious Thanksgiving
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.
For example, try this Foolproof Brined Turkey.
Brining a turkey is well worth the day-ahead time investment. It removes all guesswork, producing an incredibly moist bird that's more forgiving of being slightly overcooked. If you can't find an organic turkey, look for a fresh one without "added solution."
Start off with an impressive Brie with Jeweled Fruit Compote.
This lovely appetizer is about as quick and easy as it gets—and tasty, too. You don't even need to let the cheese come to room temperature first; the warm fruit that goes on top will soften it up. Serve with crostini or crackers.
Such is the case with this autumn-inspired White Bean and Pumpkin Bisque with Sage Pesto.
Start with canned pumpkin (for rich, smooth flavor) and canned white beans (for body), and you end up with a speedy first course that's crowned with a flavor-packed pesto. Make the soup a few days ahead, but do the pesto only shortly before serving so its color stays vibrant.
For example, try this Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprout Salad.
We love Brussels sprout salads but wanted a quicker approach than the tedium of pulling apart the leaves. The food processor slices each sprout nice and thin with lightning-fast speed.
Just take a look at this Easy, Cheesy Potato Gratin.
Refrigerated presliced potatoes slash tons of prep and cook time. The combo of Gruyère and Parm-Regg cheeses is delicious, but you can use all one type if you prefer.
This side is ridiculously easy and goes into the oven in only 10 minutes, thanks to sweet canned yams. To boost flavor and add richness, we counter the canned spuds with luscious crème fraiche; chunks of almonds bring big crunch.
With this Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, set out sample-sized amounts—mini scoops of ice cream in little cordial glasses.
A few easy additions to store-bought ice cream create a custom flavor that simply tastes like Thanksgiving.