Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

by jerseygirl on November 20, 2012 · 6 comments

I am busy planning my Thanksgiving menu and I like to make things easy as possible. We are planning to cook our turkey on the grill so I have plenty of room in the oven for appetizers and sides.  While I cook a  turkey every Thanksgiving, it is never the main event.

By the time, we are finished with antipasto and other goodies, there is not a lot of room for turkey.  My favorite part about having the turkey is eating a leftover sandwich the next day. So it really doesn’t bother me when not much of the bird is eaten.

Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes. They are all easy and you can prepare most of them at the very last moment.  None of these recipes are very difficult and they give you extra time to spend with your family. What is your  “must have food” on Thanksgiving?


Blue Cheese Endive Spears by La Phemme Phoodie

Tomato Ricotta Tart

Smokey Roasted Chick Peas by Seasonal and Savory

Kicked Up Olives

Eggplant and Tomato Relish

Salami and Egg Canapes by Stacey Snacks

Spicy Spinach Crab Cups

Creamy Chicken and Cranberry Puff Pastry Bites by The Weekend Gourmet

Turkey :

Michael Symon’s Grilled Turkey

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast by Closet Cooking

Best Roast Turkey Breast by Stacey Snacks

Super Smoked Turkey Legs

Roasting a Turkey with Martha Stewart

The Reluctant Gourmet’s Way to Grill Turkey


Italian Stuffing by Aggie’s Kitchen

Orange Vanilla Cranberry Sauce

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Bacon

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes by For The love of Coking

Shiitake Mushroom Stuffing by Recipe Girl

Rudy’s Creamed Corn by Bluebonnets and Brownies

Zucchini and Potato Gratin by Bran Appetit

Alton Brown’s Oven Roasted Broccoli

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy by Woman’s Day


Mini Salted Caramel Apple Pies

Shot Glass Apple Parfaits

Perfect Chocolate Cream Pie by Cookie Madness

Amaretto Caramel Apple Mug Cobblers

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bundt Cake by Food Babbles

White Chocolate Mini Pies by The Hungry Housewife


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Ramona November 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

We are not even cooking a turkey. Told the hubby roast chicken was just fine with me.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies November 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Lisa, thanks so much for the link love for my creamed corn! It’s a must have for Thanksgiving, and so easy since it’s a crockpot job. My other must have is green bean casserole. I could eat the stuff by itself!


Leslie November 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Great roundup Lisa!!!! Thanks for the love. I hope you have a fabulous thanksgiving.


Kate November 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm

There’s always room for turkey!


Kate | Food Babbles November 22, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Happy Thanksgiving Lisa! Thanks so much for including my pumpkin bundt in your round up. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! xoxo


Robin November 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

Oh wow – the Amaretto Caramel Apple Mug Cobblers sound to die for. I may have to try those for Christmas.


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