Get All the Taste Without All the Time: Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes

Check out these easy, last minute recipes for your Thanksgiving get-together!

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If you can believe it Thanksgiving is only a day away! Soon people all over the country will begin their travels to get to where they will be celebrating this family-centered holiday. While those traveling elsewhere for Thanksgiving have the traffic delays and potential winter storm conditions to worry about, those hosting Thanksgiving have other things on their mind, like what to make for dinner!

If you still haven’t quite pinned down what it is you’ll be making this Thanksgiving don’t worry. Even with only a day to go there is still time to prepare some tasty, last-minute recipes! Check out these quick and easy Thanksgiving recipes that will have your guests ranting, raving and asking for more.

Sautéed Parsley Carrots

  • 2 pounds carrots
  • 1/3 cup water
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1 ½ tbsp parsley (chopped)

Directions: Start off by peeling your carrots and cutting them diagonally into slices. Put the chopped carrots, water pepper and salt into a large sauté pan and heat up until boiling. Once boiling cover the pan, lower the heat to a low-medium setting and let cook for approximately 7-8 minutes. After those 7-8 minutes are up add the butter and sauté for an extra minute until the water is gone and the carrots are coated in butter. Take the carrots off the burner and toss in the parsley along with more salt and pepper for taste, if needed.

Apple Cider Gravy

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tsp flour
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • ¼ cup turkey drippings

Directions: Take out a small saucepan and melt the butter over medium heat. Next whisk in the flour, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper, mix and cook for a minute or so. Now slowly pour in the cider, bring to a boil, cook and keep stirring constantly until the gravy is thickened to the desired point. Lastly add in the nutmeg and turkey drippings and boil for another couple minutes.

Tomato Tortellini Soup

  • 1 - 14oz cans of chicken broth
  • 1 package refrigerated tortellini
  • 4oz cream cheese
  • 1 - 10 ¾ can tomato soup
  • 2 tbsp chives (chopped)

Directions: Boil the chicken broth in a medium saucepan until boiling. Add in the tortellini and lower the heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 5 minutes uncovered. Scoop out 1/3 cup of the hot broth from the pan into a bowl and add cream cheese to the hot broth in the bowl. Mix together until smooth then add this to the saucepan. Heat the soup a little longer until heated through then add chopped up chives on top of each soup for garnish when ready to serve.

Little Lemon Tassies

  • 1/3 cup lemon curd
  • 1 - 1.9 oz package miniature phyllo dough shells
  • 1 can of whipped cream

Directions:  Transition the lemon curd into a bowl and stir to soften it up. Once softened add a teaspoon of curd into each phyllo shell. Add a little bit of whipped cream on top then serve when ready.

Looking for even more recipes? Then check out these no-cook appetizers, delicious side dishes and perfect pies!

[Source: Better Homes and Gardens, Better Homes and Gardens]

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