Eight Crave Worthy Quick Recipes For Thanksgiving

When it comes to Thanksgiving season I always try to prepare myself for making something better and tastier. Whether I am hosting a small group or just want to focus on the side dishes, cooking simple and delicious meals is always my priority for Thanksgiving and can seriously simplify my hosting duties.

One thing I would like to mention here people need to know about cooking simple recipes on Thanksgiving to save their time as I do, as all I want on thanksgiving is to welcome everyone without any clutter. Thanksgiving is a time for expressing gratitude and enjoying delicious food with your loved ones not spending this grateful day with chaos even in front of guests.

However, preparing and cooking for this festive holiday can often be time-consuming and overwhelming. But fear not! In this blog post, I am going to share these eight crave-worthy quick recipes that will save you time in the kitchen without compromising on flavor. These recipes are perfect for those looking to whip up a fantastic Thanksgiving meal without spending hours in the kitchen.

Stay with me and let`s find out these mouthwatering options!

1.            Turkey and Cranberry Sliders

For a twist on the traditional turkey feast, try making turkey and cranberry sliders. Use leftover or pre-cooked turkey and cranberry sauce to assemble these mini sandwiches.


·         Dinner rolls or slider buns

·         Pre-cooked turkey slices

·         Cranberry sauce

·         Cheese slices (your choice)

·         Butter

Prep To Simply Make It

·         Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

·         Slice the dinner rolls in half, and place a slice of turkey, a spoonful of cranberry sauce, and a slice of cheese on each bottom half.

·         Place the top half of the rolls over the fillings.

·         Melt some butter and brush it over the tops of the sliders.

·         Cover with foil and bake for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sliders are warmed through.

All you need is to add some melted cheese and serve on dinner rolls for a delightful, bite-sized Thanksgiving treat.

2.            Butternut Squash Soup

A hearty butternut squash soup is a comforting addition to your Thanksgiving menu. You can roast the squash in advance to save time, and then blend it with a flavorful mixture of spices and broth.


·         1 butternut squash peeled and cubed

·         1 onion, chopped

·         2 cloves garlic, minced

·         4 cups vegetable or chicken broth

·         1 tsp ground nutmeg

·         1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

·         Salt and pepper to taste

·         Olive oil Heavy cream (optional)

Prep To Simply Make It

·         Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).

·         Toss the cubed butternut squash with olive oil, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

·         Roast until tender and slightly caramelized, about 25-30 minutes.

·         In a large pot, sauté the chopped onion and garlic until translucent.

·         Add the roasted squash and broth to the pot.

·         Simmer for about 15 minutes.

·         Use an immersion blender or regular blender to puree the soup until smooth.

·         Season with salt and pepper.

·         Add heavy cream if desired and heat through.

This creamy and slightly sweet soup will warm your guests` hearts.

3.            Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You can`t have Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes! To save time, make garlic mashed potatoes by boiling the potatoes until tender, then mashing them with butter, roasted garlic, and a touch of cream.


·         Potatoes, peeled and chopped

·         Butter Roasted garlic cloves (about 4-6)

·         Heavy cream or milk

·         Salt and pepper

Prep To Simply Make It

·         Boil the chopped potatoes until tender, then drain.

·         In a separate pot, melt butter and add the roasted garlic cloves.

·         Mash the potatoes with the garlic butter mixture and add heavy cream or milk to achieve the desired consistency.

·         Season with salt and pepper to taste.

It`s a simple yet mouthwatering side dish.

4.            Green Bean Almondine

This quick and tasty side dish combines fresh green beans, toasted almonds, and a lemony brown butter sauce.


·         Fresh green beans, trimmed

·         Slivered almonds

·         Butter

·         Lemon juice

·         Salt and pepper

Prep To Simply Make It

·         Steam or blanch the green beans until they`re crisp-tender then set them aside.

·         In a skillet, melt butter and sauté the slivered almonds until they`re lightly toasted.

·         Add lemon juice and the blanched green beans to the skillet.

·         Toss to coat the beans with the almond-butter mixture and season with salt and pepper.

It`s a classic and elegant addition to your Thanksgiving spread that can be ready in no time.

5.            Cranberry and Brie Stuffed Crescent Rolls

Impress your guests with these delightful crescent rolls. Fill them with cranberry sauce and brie cheese, then bake them until they`re golden brown and oozing with cheesy goodness.


·         Crescent roll dough (store-bought)

·         Cranberry sauce

·         Brie cheese, sliced

Prep To Simply Make It

·         Preheat your oven according to the crescent roll package instructions.

·         Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate it into individual triangles.

·         Place a small spoonful of cranberry sauce and a slice of brie on each triangle.

·         Roll up the dough, enclosing the filling, and bake according to the package instructions until they`re golden brown.

They make for a perfect appetizer or side dish.

6.            Sausage and Apple Stuffing

Make a mouthwatering stuffing with a twist by incorporating sausage and apples. Sauté the sausage and apples, then mix them with pre-seasoned stuffing mix and bake until it`s golden and aromatic.


·         Sausage links (your choice)

·         Apples, peeled and diced

·         Pre-seasoned stuffing mix

·         Chicken or vegetable broth

Prep To Simply Make It

·         In a skillet, cook the sausage until it`s browned and crumbled.

·         Add the diced apples and sauté until they`re tender.

·         Prepare the pre-seasoned stuffing mix according to package instructions, using chicken or vegetable broth.

·         Combine the cooked sausage and apples with the stuffing mix.

·         Mix well and place in a baking dish.

·         Bake in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 20-25 minutes until it`s heated through and slightly crispy on top.

Your family will love this flavorful stuffing.

7.            Quick Gravy

Don`t stress about making the perfect gravy from scratch. You can use store-bought gravy and enhance its flavor with pan drippings, herbs, and spices.


·         Store-bought gravy

·         Pan drippings from your roast

·         Fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage)

·         Salt and pepper to taste

Prep To Simply Make It

·         Pour your store-bought gravy into a saucepan.

·         While heating, add a few spoonfuls of the pan drippings from your roast for extra flavor.

·         Season with fresh herbs, salt, and pepper to taste.

·         Simmer until it`s well heated and flavorful.

It`s a quick fix that still delivers on taste.

8.            No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

For a hassle-free dessert that captures the essence of the season, try a no-bake pumpkin cheesecake. Whip up a creamy pumpkin cheesecake filling, pour it into a graham cracker crust, and refrigerate until set.


·         Graham cracker crust (store-bought or homemade)

·         Cream cheese

·         Canned pumpkin puree

·         Sugar Pumpkin pie spice

·         Whipped cream

·         Ground cinnamon

Prep To Simply Make It

·         In a mixing bowl, blend cream cheese, canned pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth and creamy.

·         Pour the mixture into the graham cracker crust.

·         Refrigerate for at least 3-4 hours or until set.

·         Before serving, top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Top it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a delightful finish to your Thanksgiving feast.

I hope these recipes will make your Thanksgiving more grateful, now you can prepare a Thanksgiving meal that`s both delicious and time-efficient. These dishes will allow you to spend more time with your loved ones and less time in the kitchen. Thanksgiving is all about creating memories and sharing gratitude, and these eight crave-worthy quick recipes ensure you can do just that while savoring delicious food.

Enjoy your stress-free Thanksgiving celebration!