Turkey is arduous enough. We’ve tracked down some recipes that will set your mind at east, at least regarding side dishes:
Do not, under any circumstances, buy your cranberry sauce. It’s about the easiest thing you’ll make for Thanksgiving dinner, and tastes approximately 400 times better when homemade. Seriously, it’s just cranberries, sugar, lemon zest, and water.
Americans are out of practice when it comes to making their own condiments. (Do you know how easy it is to make your own mayonnaise?) But gravy’s not too hard. Try this basic recipe, with only six ingredients.
Martha cuts corners and uses frozen pearl onions, but it means all you have to do is dump them into a skillet with some spices and wait for them to soften.
It’s not Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes. (Did you know a famous place in Paris serves mashed potatoes that are half butter!?) Eating Well’s recipe includes buttermilk, Vermont cheddar, and chives. Hello, love handles.
Green beans add some color and fiber to the table, and they only take a few minutes of steaming and sautéing. This recipe dresses them up with almonds.
To be honest, I’d cheat and buy these pre-made or at least pre-mixed. But that would be my mistake, because you can apparently whip up homemade rolls in just 17 minutes.
Go the traditional route with this pumpkin pie. Active time only totals half an hour, and most of the ingredient list is spices! I personally prefer a pumpkin cheesecake.
Is this your first Thanksgiving as a cook? Don’t panic; read these tips from Epicurious.