13 Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Options: From Appetizers to Desserts

Timing is traditionally of the utmost importance when preparing a Thanksgiving feast.

Fortunately, for the busy and plain lazy, plenty of clever hacks are on hand to help throw together an impressively handsome feast for family and friends on November 25.

Newsweek presents some ingenious recipe ideas for helping create an amazing Thanksgiving meal in a matter of minutes.

1. Parsley Parmesan Biscuits

Gourmet Joe has suggested an "easy hack just in time for the holidays", which will "take your dinner rolls to another level."

He takes some Pillsbury biscuit raw dough, adds some olive oil and rolls them into egg-shapes.

These are next introduced to grated Parmesan cheese and finely diced parsley, before being placed in the oven at 375F (190C) for up to 20 minutes, or when golden brown.

2. Revived Mac 'N Cheese

Chef Texy believes mac 'n cheese can "taste better the next day."

She suggests placing yesterday's pasta dish in a hot pan and adding a little water and then a lid, as the steam will help melt the cheese.

Next, introduce milk and yet more cheese and stir until the pan's contents begin to bubble invitingly.

3. Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie Hack

This home chef has suggested an ingenious time-saving method to elevate a humble shop-bought pumpkin pie to something worthy of Thanksgiving which he describes as "fun" and "easy".

He presses clean drinking glasses down onto a pie, so its circular contents fall neatly inside, before adding a generous squirt of cream and then serving.

4. Two Ingredient Thanksgiving Dessert

Meals And Munchies suggests this Thanksgiving cheat to help "make people think you can bake."

She takes a tube of Grands Cinnamon Rolls with cream cheese icing and cuts each portion into quarters and places in an oven dish.

A can of pure pumpkin is then opened and roughly mixed with the pastry pieces.

This is then baked at 350F (180C) for approximately 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.

To finish, dust with a little cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, before drizzling the warmed Grands icing on top.

5. 'Healthy' Cauliflower Mash

Filippo Berio suggest swapping potatoes with this brassica to accompany your turkey on Thanksgiving.

Use a food processor to mix lightly cooked cauliflower, combined with minced garlic, cream cheese and some good quality extra virgin olive oil for a low-carb option on November 25.

6. Easy Chocolate Mousse Pie

Chef CookFastEatWell starts this dish with some chocolate-flavored Jell-O to approximately 4 ounces of instant chocolate pudding.

She then adds three-quarts of a cup of whole milk and whisks vigorously together to combine and introduce as much air into the mixture as possible.

This thick mix is then spooned into a shop-bought pie crust and chilled before it is topped with whipped cream.

7. Spicy Garlic Green Beans


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WhatsGabbyCookin describes this side dish as "legit phenomenal" and forecasts them to be "the first thing to go at your thanksgiving dinner."

She submerges haricot vert in a pan filled with salted water and parboils for approximately three minutes.

While these are cooking, prepare the garlic and shallot mixture by mincing both finely.

Next, drain the beans when they still retain a bit of bite, then add a generous glut of olive oil and add the alliums plus s pinch of chili flakes.

Finally, add the still-warm beans and a little lemon zest, then season to taste, and lightly cook for another 10 minutes.

8. Brussel Sprout Salad

Peyton Pratte describes this dish as one of her "favorites" because of how straightforward it is to make.

She cooks kale and sprouts and when ready adds a little olive oil to them.

Next, bacon, a cheese of your choice, pecans and cranberries are mixed in.

Finally, she suggests adding a classic dressing to the salad only at the last minute before serving.

9. 'Grandma's' Easy Homemade Gravy

Chef Erin Abe Eats suggests there is no need to use gravy from a can this year if viewers follow her simple recipe.

She starts by saving the water used when boiling potatoes, then mixes in a little flour with some of this water—she recommends three tablespoons to three cups.

Now pour the potato water into the pan used to cook the turkey, making sure all the fats and juices are mixed in properly.

Bring this to a boil and start to slowly introduce the flour water, while continuing to whip the gravy until it thickens.

10. Three Ingredient Creamy Lemon Pie

Cook CookFastEatWell suggests her cheat's dessert is "rich, creamy and only takes five minutes to prepare."

She starts by pouring two tins of condensed milk into a bowl and whisking it three-quarters of a cup of fresh lemon juice until "nice and smooth."

Next, add a couple of large eggs plus some lemon zest, then put into a shop-bought pie base.

Bake in a 250F (180C) oven for approximately 20 minutes, then once cooked, chill the pie for a minus of two hours, before it is ready to be served.

11. East Honey Glazed Ham


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Lindsey Valerie suggests her tangy take on pork is a great recipe for the holiday season.

She begins by mixing 1.2 cups of brown sugar, 1 cup of pineapple juice, 1 cup of honey, the juice and zest of one orange, two teaspoons of Dijon mustard and one teaspoon of ground cloves.

Bring this mix to a boil, then simmer for approximately five minutes.

This thick sauce can then be used to generously baste your pre-cooked Thanksgiving ham.

12. Goat Cheese And Balsamic Stuffed Acorn Squash

Filippo Berio suggests Thanksgiving can be made a little healthier with this last-minute dish.

Start by hollowing out a squash by removing the seeds from its center, then baste with a little good quality olive oil and baking in a medium temperature oven for approximately 30 minutes, until soft.

Then mix sausage meat, diced onion, apple, minced garlic, sage and seasoning, along with a light drizzling of balsamic vinegar.

Now put this mixture onto roughly torn chunks of bread and use an egg to combine once goats' cheese and chives are included.

Finally add this mix to the pre-cooked squash halves, top with a little more goats cheese and make until everything is bubbling.

13. 'Perfect' Corn On The Cob

Chef Texy believes using only using water is the "correct way" to create the perfect corn on the cob to accompany your Thanksgiving meal.

She starts the side dish by carefully adding corn on the cob pieces to a pot of boiling water and removing after approximately four minutes.

She then urges anyone tempted to follow this recipe not to "forget to butter it up."

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