Stress-Free Thanksgiving

Find the easiest menu and recipes ever with lots of shortcuts and convenient ways to get Thanksgiving dinner on the table.  Our easy-does-it menu keeps your Thanksgiving warm with traditions while making dinner so simple that, even as host, you can enjoy yourself.  What's not to like about that!

Shortcut Thanksgiving

What Makes an Easy-Does-It Menu?

  • The stuffing and veggies come in one easy recipe.
  • Ultimate Creamy Party Potatoes can be made a day ahead so there's no last-minute potato mashing.
  • Having two ovens helps when entertaining. If you don't have two, skip the Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip. Or, free up your oven by cooking a turkey breast on the grill. Or, bake the dip the day before; store in the fridge and heat in the microwave before serving.
  • Using purchased gravy, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and bagged salad greens eliminates extra time and work.
  • Praline Pumpkin Dessert can be made a day ahead and serves 12.

Plan and Work Ahead

  • Make two shopping lists, one for items that can be purchased up to two weeks ahead and the other for items to purchase one or two days before Thanksgiving.
  • Use a disposable roasting pan for the turkey.
  • Select the serving dishes and utensils, and set aside. Use sturdy, disposable large plates, napkins and tablecloth in a decorative fall design.
  • Serve buffet style. All the food is set out in a central place and guests take a plate and help themselves, leaving you free to enjoy the holiday.
  • Set up the buffet table the day before.

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