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Cooking your first big holiday meal but don't have two days to spend in the kitchen? We'll tell you which dishes to make (and which ones are just fine straight from the grocery store). Try these fast, no-hassle recipes and serve an impressive, (mostly) homemade feast.

Simple Starters

Appetizers
These cute, pumpkin-shaped pinwheels offer a holiday theme with only three ingredients.
  • Pumpkin Roll-Ups


  • Fresh Bread
    These flaky biscuits mix up in a bowl, require no kneading or rising and bake up in 12 minutes.
  • Easy Biscuits
  • Main Dish in No Time

    The Bird
    Make a turkey in just two hours! It is possible. Try this high-speed, high-temperature roasting method, and you can cook a full bird without planning too far ahead.
  • Speed Roasted Turkey


  • Gravy
    Red currant jelly lends a festive tang to traditional pan gravy with no extra time or technique.
  • Old-fashioned Pan Gravy with Red Currant Jelly


  • Cranberry Sauce
    Why pop open a can, when you can get extra hostess points by making your own cranberry sauce? Just three ingredients and seven minutes in the microwave -- who knew?
  • Microwave Cranberry Sauce
  • Straightforward Side Dishes

    Stuffing
    Who are we kidding…you're using the box! If you are feeling brave, dress up seasoned bread crumbs (or Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix) with this amazing recipe. Make it up to two days before your big dinner to cut down on day-of chaos.
  • Sausage-Cranberry Stuffing


  • Mashed Potatoes
    Make your mashed potatoes the day before, and then heat them in a baking dish that can go straight to the table for less after-meal clean up.
  • Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes


  • Sweet Potatoes
    It doesn't get much easier than this. Simply throw the sweet potatoes in the oven, mix up the butter, and serve. No marshmallows, no hassle.
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes


  • Vegetables
    Sure, it's cliché, but it's also easy to make and a crowd pleaser. If you don't have enough space in the oven while the turkey is cooking, put it in after the turkey is done and cook it while the turkey is resting and being carved.
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Painless Homemade Desserts

    Yes, you could just buy the pie, but since you're in the kitchen anyway, why not make dessert? Even if you don't own a pie pan, you can whip up these easy pumpkin and pecan pies. Simply buy premade pie shells (you can find them in the frozen section), and use canned pumpkin, of course.
  • Pumpkin Ice-Cream Pie
  • Pecan Pie
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