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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
Go to the grocery store and browse the frozen foods section! Some ideas that never fail to impress: mini quiches, crab cakes with a horseradish dipping sauce, or butternut squash soup with a dash of sour cream and some herbs sprinkled on top.


Fresh Bread
Biscuits from scratch, not from a tube. We promise you can do it -- there are just six ingredients in the recipe (and you might even already have them at home).
  • Fluffy 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
    Low-fat, low-effort gravy, need we ask for more? Or, if this is too much for you, head to a specialty store and buy pre-made turkey gravy that's ready to serve.
  • Quick & Easy Pan Gravy


  • 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 cliche´, 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 Pie
  • Pecan Pie
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