Quick Thanksgiving Recipes for Last-Minute Preparation

Get some of our fastest and easiest recipes for Thanksgiving including sides, desserts and appetizeres.
By: Lindsay Damast

Cooking Channel: The Voltaggio Brothers Take On Thanksgiving (behind the scenes). Bryan and Michael Voltaggio.

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Whether you've planned for weeks or are scrambling to put together a feast for dozens, Thanksgiving has a way of sneaking up on you. Sure, your pie shells have been pre-baked and you've frozen that soup for easy reheating, but it's the last-minute juggling of kitchen (namely oven) real estate that sends every host into a tizzy. That's why we've pulled together our easiest, low-maintenance and quickest recipes for last-minute preparation.

When guests arrive, you'll want to offer them some small bites to keep them sated without spoiling their appetites. The simplest guest-ready spread you can provide is a cheese plate, with varieties labeled and organized thoughtfully. Kelsey Nixon shows you how to put one together quickly.

Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

Food Network's Stove Top Mac-n-Cheese

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Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved.

Everyone knows it's the sides that make the Thanksgiving meal, but the turkey hogs your oven for much day-of preparation. Stovetop Side Dish Recipes, like this Mac-n-Cheese, enable you to work on your sides while the turkey is roasting. Short on time day-of? Here are 10 side dishes you can make in 30 minutes or less (including the Sweet Potato Puree shown above).

Cooking Channel's Pear-Cranberry Crumble

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Adrian Mueller, 2012, Adrian Mueller / AMueller.com, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Need more desserts to round out your sweets buffet? Supplement those labor-intensive pies with some of our easiest dessert recipes, like this delicious Pear Cranberry Crumble.

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