Feta, red onion, and mint are a classic combination; tossed with snappy green beans they make a salad of surprising complexity. Maxime Iattoni
Short on time? These 43 recipes are impressive yet simple—and all of them can be pulled together in a relatively short amount of time, with easy-to-find ingredients. From Brussels sprouts with bacon to creamy sage mashed potatoes, all the Thanksgiving essentials are here.
Parsley and Onion Salad
Fresh onions add cool spice to this simple parsley salad from Jeremiah Cooks (Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2002) by Jeremiah Tower. This easy salad can be tossed together in minutes. See the recipe for Parsley and Onion Salad »
Get the Recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish and Pomegranate Seeds »
Soy-Braised Kabocha Squash
Braising—with a healthy dose of soy—is one of our favorite ways to bring out the texture and flavor of winter squash.
Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon
The secret to this simple dish is to use the best quality bacon available. Delicious and straightforward, you can whip this dish together quickly while keeping the oven available for other jobs.
Baked Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar and Black Pepper
Sweet potatoes, baked until tender, need nothing more than butter, brown sugar, and black pepper to taste divinemuch easier than mashing and baking into a casserole! See the recipe for Baked Sweet Potatoes »
The origins of leeks vinaigrette–poached leeks in a mustardy dressing–are unknown, but it’s easy to imagine someone pulling them out of the stockpot once they had worked their magic, then seasoning them. See the recipe for Leeks Vinaigrette »
Green Beans and Tomatoes
In so many green bean casseroles, the beans are cooked well past the point of mushy. In this recipe they keep some snap.
Skillet-toasted pecans, candied with rosemary and Spanish paprika, take mere minutes to prepare and use ingredients you probably already have on hand. See the recipe for Spiced Pecans »
Sage Mashed Potatoes
Leaving the skins on your potatoes saves on prep time and gives a rustic feel to the finished dish. We love the technique of infusing the milk and butter with sage—start heating a saucepan of milk and sage when you set the water to boil to speed up this process. Get the recipe for Sage Mashed Potatoes »
Broiled Spaghetti Squash with Walnut-Miso Glaze
It’s rare that we encounter spaghetti squash not shredded into its eponymous noodle-like threads. But kept intact, it reveals a beautifully yielding texture and a savory, subtle flavor that’s perfectly offset by a rich walnut-miso glaze.
Port Wine Poached Pears
While these pears need to simmer in poaching liquid for about 50 minutes, active cooking time is less than 10 minutes, making this a low maintenance dessert option. Served with ice cream, poached fruit is a nice alternative to the more-typical thanksgiving spread of pies. See the recipe for Port Wine Poached Pears »
Cime di Rapa Fritte (Slow-Cooked Broccoli Rabe)
Notoriously bitter and tough, broccoli rabe becomes mellow and supple when cooked slowly in a bath of water and olive oil. Simply seasoned with garlic and chile flakes, this Italian home-cooking classic is true comfort food. See the recipe for Cime di Rapa Fritte »
Roast Turkey with Root Vegetables
This three-step recipe cooks quickly because the turkey is broken down in pieces (which also allows you to pull out pieces as they’re done, so nothing comes out dry) and also yields a side dish of roasted root vegetables as well as gravy. See the recipe for Roast Turkey with Root Vegetables »
Pecan Pie is one of quickest Thanksgiving desserts to pull together, especially if you use store-bought dough. Just stir the filling ingredients together and pour into your pre-crimped crust. See the recipe for Pecan Pie »
Maple-Syrup Roasted Tomatoes
Maple syrup intensifies the sweetness of tomatoes in this recipe for Tomate Confite au Sirop d’Érable. Serve these with toothpicks as an appetizer or on salads, pizza, and pastas. See the recipe for Maple-Syrup Roasted Tomatoes »
Fennel al Forno (Fennel Baked in Cream)
This simple, classic Italian preparation calls for baking fennel in the oven with cream and Parmesan to create a luxurious gratin. See the recipe for Fennel al Forno »
Ricotta Crostini with Chestnut Honey
Ricotta on toasted bread drizzled with honey is one of the easiest, and best-tasting appetizers to prepare. Use store-bought crackers or wafers if you don’t want to make the crostini toasts. Tastes great alongside sopressata or other cured sausages. See the recipe for Ricotta Crostini with Chestnut Honey »