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Our Favorite (and Least Time Consuming) Thanksgiving Recipes

We are giving you our favorite Thanksgiving recipes that will add some flavor to your holiday classics while cutting some time off the clock!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's a no brainer that most of the day will be spent in the kitchen preparing only the best dishes for your friends and family. To make this process a little bit lighter, we are giving you our favorite Thanksgiving recipes that will add some flavor to your holiday classics while cutting some time off the clock! 


1. Sweet Potato Casserole - This holiday favorite could use an ingredient guests of all ages can enjoy, sweet potato! 

Prep: 15 min Cook: 30 min Total: 45 min    

Sweet Potato Casserole

                                                     {Photo via Matt Armendariz}


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted.
  • 3 cups mashed sweet potatoes (3 to 4 large potatoes)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs

Toppings: ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup brown sugar, 4 tablespoons unsalted melted butter, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, ¾ cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and butter a 2-quart baking dish. Whisk together the butter, mashed sweet potatoes, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, salt and the eggs in a large bowl. Then transfer to the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 min.


2. Cranberry - Orange Sauce - Only 4 ingredients needed for this sweet delight.

Prep: 5 min Cook: 20 min Total: 25 min

Cranberry Orange Sauce

                                                          {Photo via Tara Donne}


  • Two 8 oz packages of cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 orange zest, cut into strips, juiced
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick 

Place all ingredients into a saucepan, over medium heat. Simmer until cranberries burst and allow the sauce to thicken (about 15 to 20 min). Cool and Refrigerate.


3. Baked Macaroni and Cheese - A classic rich and creamy dish.

Prep: 20 min Cook: 45 min Total: 1hr 5 min

Baked Mac and Cheese

                                                            {Photo via Tara Donne}


  • ½ pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
  • 3 cups milk
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 12 ounces sharp cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh black pepper

Topping: 3 tablespoons butter, 1 cup panko bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and in a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente. In a separate pot, melt the butter, whisk in the flour and mustard for about 5 min. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf. Add the egg, stir in ¾ of the cheese. Pour the macaroni into the mix and section into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes.


{All Recipes via The Food Network}