Last minute Thanksgiving recipes? Don’t panic!

Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes and Tips | Cool Mom Picks

That growing anxiety I feel is because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, like a really long race I have to run and if I down, I’ll never catch up again. Luckily, there are some food-tastic sites and bloggers who are a great help to you in your final hours of prep (and borderline panic).

For quick tips, last minute recipe ideas and even an impressive no-hassle dessert to bring to the inlaws, we’ve rounded up just a few of our faves around the web this week.

Last minute Thanksgiving recipes and tips: How to Truss your turkey without twine | Chow

Sometimes we need some serious Food 101 help. For how-tos, or tips like what to do if you are missing twine for the trussing, check out Chow’s Tips videos.

 

Last minute Thanksgiving recipes: Leon thyme bruschetta | The Kitch'n

The Kitchn Has a whole category of recipes for Thanksgiving including this super easy–and delicious–Lemon Thyme Bruschetta. Total prep time about 15 minutes tops.

 

Related: Thanksgiving Recipes on Cool Mom Picks – plenty of our favorites!

 

Last minute Thanksgiving recipes: Green bean casserole | The Pioneer Woman

Need a veggie side dish? The much beloved Ree Drummond of Pioneer Woman (up at top, obviously) serves up a Green Bean Casserole that looks like a lot of ingredients, but really, it’s just fresh beans, bacon and a cheesy white sauce.

 

Last minute Thanksgiving recipes: Sweet and sour onions | Hank Shaw on Simply Recipes

Once you’ve peeled the little pearl onions onions, the sweet and sour onions recipe from Hank Shaw on Simply Recipes looks..well, simple. And really impressive.

 

Last minute Thanksgiving recipes: Chanterelle bacon and plum salad | Steamy Kitchen

Jaden at Steamy Kitchen shares four of her favorite Thanksgiving recipes, but the one that makes a smart use of the fall bounty might be her chanterelle, bacon and plum salad with blue cheese. All it takes is a trip to the gourmet store. (Part of why we love her: “Oh honey, there’s no substitute for the bacon. Do ten push-ups tomorrow.”)

Related: 9 Amazing Fall Salad Recipes

 

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Recipes: take these sweet potatoes and make Roasted Balsamic Sweet Potatoes!

Four ingredients (five if you include the salt), almost no prep time, and a way to have those sweet potatoes with nary a marshmallow in sight: Melissa Clark’s Roasted Balsamic Sweet Potatoes at Epicurious.

Gluten-free butternut squash pie recipe | The Culinary Life

If you’ve got folks going gluten-free at your holiday shindig, fear not. This super easy Gluten-free Butternut Squash Pie recipe looks delicious, courtesy of The Culinary Life.

 

More Quick Last-Minute Thanksgiving Recipe Tips:

1. For easy appetizers, remember that simple can look as thought-out as something with lots of frills. Put out some good crackers, a wedge of brie and a good goat cheese, and some grapes or little bowls of marinated olives and smoked almonds. No one will ever think, “Huh, she could have made fluted asiago cheese straws, if only she had the time and energy.”

2. To make a last-minute dessert, or if you need to compensate for a dropped pumpkin pie–hey, it happens–here’s some thoughts: Grab a pound cake from the grocery store bakery (no one goes for pound cake on Thanksgiving – they’ll be sitting there, forelorn), a bag of frozen whole strawberries or mixed berries, and a can of whipped cream. Thaw the berries in a wide, shallow pan, sprinkled with sugar, or defrost in the microwave. Let them get all syrupy. Serve on thick slices of cake, which you may have drizzled with some leftover Drambuie (from last year’s attempt at making truffles), top with whipped, and serve by candlelight.

3. Remember, the holiday season is a marathon, not a sprint. Stretch, hydrate, pace yourself, and try to slow down enough to enjoy the scenery.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Barbara Card Atkinson is a California based freelance writer, and a former Cool Mom Picks contributor.

1 Comment

  • Reply November 25, 2010

    Patrick

    What about skipping the turkey entirely?

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