20 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes That Really Save You Time

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Hosting a classic Thanksgiving dinner is no joke. Whether it’s for a family of four or an extended shindig with all your relatives, the meal is the star. No pressure or anything, right? Thankfully we’ve got an assortment of simple, fast and tasty Thanksgiving dinner recipes that anyone can pull off, from appetizers to desserts. No chef training required, cranberry sauce optional.

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Meaty Mains

Roast Turkey Breast With Sage and Rosemary

 Prep: 15 mins
 Total: 1:25 hour
20 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes That Really Save You Time
  • Even if you have the best turkey recipe ever, science dictates that boneless turkey breast cooks up hours faster than a whole roasted turkey. So why not save cooking and carving time this year by just cooking a breast?
  • This recipe serves six, but if you’re worried about feeding a larger crowd or are coveting those Thanksgiving leftovers, simply double it up.

Ingredients

Directions

1

Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 325°F.

2

Slice horizontally through turkey breast with knife parallel to cutting board, stopping 1 in from opposite edge. Open turkey breast up like a book.

3

Cut small slits across inside of turkey breast and insert garlic slices. Sprinkle inside of breast with half of herbs. Roll up jelly-roll style starting from narrow end. Secure with wooden toothpicks or butcher's twine.

4

Place rolled turkey, seam-side down, in a roasting pan. Brush with margarine, then sprinkle with remaining herbs. Add carrots and onion.

5

Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of roll reads 165°F, about 1 hour. Remove turkey and vegetables to a platter, leaving juices in pan. Cover turkey with foil and let stand 15 minutes.

6

Meanwhile, set roasting pan over 2 burners on high. Add broth to pan juices. Bring to a boil, scraping brown bits from bottom of pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces by half, about 10 minutes. Slice turkey and serve with roasted vegetables and sauce.

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Hearty Vegetarian Dishes

Roasted Vegetable and Barley Salad

 Prep: 5 mins
 Total: 1:20 hour
20 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes That Really Save You Time
  • Sub the beef broth with vegetable broth to ensure this “beefy” salad stays vegetarian. To save time on the big day, make your barley the day before. Then simply toss with roasted veggies for a no-fuss side dish that’s simple to assemble.
  • A vegetarian Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be veggie-based. According to Health Canada, barley is a hearty, healthy and fibre-filled staple that shines next to Brussels sprouts and beets in this bountiful fall dish.

Ingredients

Directions

1

Bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Add barley and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until soft but not mushy, 40 to 50 minutes. Drain excess liquid, then set aside.

2

Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven, then preheat to 400°F.

3

Combine carrots, fennel and Brussels sprouts on one baking sheet. Combine beets and potatoes on a second baking sheet. Drizzle 2 tbsp of the oil onto each baking sheet. Sprinkle 1/4 tsp each of the salt and pepper onto both baking sheets, then toss to coat.

4

Roast beets and potatoes until softened and browned on the edges, about 40 minutes. Roast carrots, fennel and Brussels sprouts until tender and starting to brown, about 20 minutes.

5

On a large serving dish, combine barley, shallots, balsamic vinegar, remaining 4 tbsp of the olive oil. Add roasted vegetables, parsley and gorgonzola and lightly toss. Serve warm.

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Amazing Appetizers

Creamy Squash Soup

 Prep: 20 mins
 Total: 40 mins
20 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes That Really Save You Time
  • The fall flavours in this soup blend together in a matter of minutes, so you can make it ahead or just before go-time. Add some dinner rolls for an even heartier first course.
  • Pre-cubed pumpkin saves a ton of time with no sweaty chopping to worry about, while cream cheese provides a hassle-free, velvety finish.

Ingredients

Directions

1

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add oil, then pumpkin, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

2

Stir in bouillon cubes and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the pumpkin is very tender, about 10 minutes.

3

Stir in cream and cream cheese. Stir until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

4

Add soup to a blender or food processor, in batches. Whirl at low speed until smooth. Return to saucepan. Re-heat before serving, season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds if you wish.

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Simple Side Dishes

Classic Holiday Stuffing

 Prep: 15 mins
 Total: 1 hour
20 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes That Really Save You Time
  • Crusty bread, soup stock and aromatic herbs and vegetables come together for a flavour-filled dressing that tastes just like Grandma’s, except you don’t need to shove it into a bird like some other turkey stuffing
  • To save more time on dinner day, prepare this dish the morning or day before but instead of cooking it, store it in the fridge. Take it out about an hour ahead of time and then bake per the instructions.

Ingredients

Directions

1

Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 400°F. Lightly spray a 9x13-in baking dish with oil.

2

Heat a large frying pan over medium. Add butter, then celery, onion, garlic, sage, thyme, salt and black pepper. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened, about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

3

Toss vegetable mixture with bread, eggs and parsley in prepared dish. Drizzle over broth.

4

Bake until top is golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

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Delightful Desserts

Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie

 Prep: 15 mins
 Total: 4:45 hours
20 Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes That Really Save You Time
  • This recipe really is easier than pumpkin pie, combining vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree and graham cracker crumbs into something really special.
  • Don’t let the total time intimidate you—this recipe only takes 25 mins of active time: 10 to bake the crust, and 15 to assemble. Make it the day before and freeze overnight for the perfect, pumpkin-filled meal ender.

Ingredients

Directions

1

Position rack in centre of oven, then preheat to 350°F. Spray a 9-in pie plate with non-stick cooking spray.

2

Combine graham cracker crumbs, margarine and sugar in a medium bowl. Use your fingertips to mix until combined. Press crumbs into bottom and up sides of prepared pie plate.

3

Bake 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely, then freeze until ready to use.

4

Beat ice cream in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on low, until just softened. Beat in pumpkin, brown sugar and cinnamon until smooth. Scrape mixture into prepared crust. Freeze, covered, 4 hours or overnight.

5

To serve, remove pie from freezer 20 minutes before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and more cinnamon, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Last updated: October 4th, 2021

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