5 Easy Last-Minute Recipes For Thanksgiving

Need some last-minute Thanksgiving recipes? These last minute Thanksgiving recipes are quick, easy and will save you some time. Whether you need last minute side dishes or a quick dessert, let’s check out some of our favorite easy Thanksgiving recipes that the entire family will love.

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Let’s make these yummy recipes for Thanksgiving!

Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes 

Even if you have your Thanksgiving menu completely planned out, it’s always good to have a Plan B and backup recipes. Whether a dish is accidentally burned, or a guest with a food allergy arrives, it can’t hurt to have some extra options!

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So have these 5 Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Recipes saved and ready for quicker options.

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5 Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes
A delicious Green Bean Casserole recipe with homemade cream of mushroom soup and French fried onions!

1. Green Bean Casserole

Green bean casserole is amazing and so simple and quick. It’s creamy, garlicky, full of crunchy onions, oh and there is some green in there too!

Ingredients Needed To Make Green Bean Casserole:

  • Fresh green beans, rinsed and ends trimmed
  • A small Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 oz. French Fried Onions
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs

How To Make Green Bean Casserole:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375° degrees.
  2. Grease a 9×13 casserole dish with butter.
  3. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. Next, add the green beans, and boil for 5 minutes.
  4. Drain the beans, and immediately place them in ice water to stop the cooking process.
  5. In a large skillet, cook onions until they begin to soften. Then, add garlic and cook for up to a minute more. Sprinkle salt and pepper, to season.
  6. Next, fold in the flour, and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Add the chicken broth, and stir to combine. Then, add half and half, and simmer until mixture thickens. This could take up to 6-8 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, and stir in all green beans.
  9. Transfer the green beans mixture to the greased casserole dish.
  10. Top with bread crumbs, and layer the French fried onions on top.
  11. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until it bubbles.
  12. Serve.

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5 Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes
My grandmother often made this for my family on holidays and also just with good homemade meals.

2. Thanksgiving Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Forget to pick up stuffing mix? No worries! Use your cornbread mix to make a flavorful, herbaceous, dressing!

Ingredients Needed To Make Thanksgiving Cornbread Dressing:

  • 2 packages Cornbread Mix
  • 1/2 cup Celery, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Onion (small), chopped
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Sage

How To Make Thanksgiving Cornbread Dressing:

  1. Prepare the dry cornbread mix, according to package directions. Cool and crumble.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  4. In a large skillet, melt the butter, and then saute the celery and onion, until soft.
  5. Next, in a large bowl, combine the celery, onions, 3 cups of crumbled cornbread, eggs, chicken stock, sage, salt, and pepper, and then mix.
  6. Pour into a greased baking dish, and bake for 30 minutes.
5 Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes
Yummy cranberry!

3. Homemade Cranberry Sauce Thanksgiving Recipe

Couldn’t get canned cranberry sauce? Make your own! It’s easy, tart, and delicious. Perfect for any Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients Needed To Make Cranberry Sauce:

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • A cup of Orange Juice
  • 1 12-oz.package of Fresh Cranberries

How To Make Cranberry Sauce:

  1. In a saucepan, dissolve sugar in the orange juice.
  2. Stir in cranberries, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the cranberries start to pop.
  3. Next, remove from heat and transfer into a bowl.
  4. Serve once it thickens up.

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5 Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes
Pumpkin cupcakes deserve their own spotlight, right?

4. Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pie didn’t work out? That’s okay! These pumpkin cupcakes are full of spice, sweetness, and are perfect after a big Thanksgiving Dinner.

Ingredients Needed To Make Pumpkin Cupcakes:

How To Make Pumpkin Cupcakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and then place cupcake liners in a muffin tin
  2. In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, and water, using a hand mixer.
  3. Pour batter into the muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool for 10 minutes, and then and top with icing.
  6. Serve.

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5 Easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes
Delicious smeared on toast, oatmeal, yogurt, and more!

5. Pumpkin Butter

Run out of butter for your rolls of biscuits? I know I go through a lot of butter on Thanksgiving. This is a sweet and delicious alternative!

Ingredients Needed To Make Pumpkin Butter:

How To Make Pumpkin Butter:

  1. Combine pumpkin, sugar, honey, lemon juice, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Then, reduce heat to low, and cook for 20-25 minutes, or until it thickens.
  3. Serve with biscuits.

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