Still Figuring Out Your Thanksgiving Menu? These Lightning-Fast Sides Are Here for You

Not every holiday dish needs to take hours in the oven

Skip the headache of days-long Thanksgiving recipes prep. Follow our quick guide to lightning fast Thanksgiving recipes so you can put dishes on the table in no time at all. For more detailed recipes and menus, see Saveur's Complete Guide to Thanksgiving here »

Cranberry Relish
Cranberry RelishMatt Taylor-Gross

This bracingly tart relish, from Matthew Jennings of Townsman in Boston is the perfect foil for a rich Thanksgiving spread. Whole pieces or orange flesh and peel add texture to balance the creamy smoothness of mashed potatoes and cornbread dressing. The best part is it comes together in no time at all. Get the recipe for Cranberry Relish »

Senegalese Thanksgiving, Butternut Squash Pepe Soup
Butternut Squash Pepe SoupRyan Liebe

Chef Pierre Thiam's take on this classic autumn soup uses Scotch bonnet chiles for spice and nutmeg for warmth. In Senegal, a similar soup is said to prevent hangovers, so you'll find hawkers selling it outside the bars late at night. Use your favorite type of pumpkin or other fall squashes to substitute for the butternut in this recipe, if you like. For a vegan soup, substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock. Get the recipe for Butternut Squash Pepe Soup »

Fonio Pilaf

Fonio Pilaf with Dates, Carrots, and Peanuts

Fonio PilafRyan Liebe

This gluten-free grain, a type of millet, provides a wonderfully nutty backbone to a salad of sweet dates and carrots, and crunchy roasted peanuts. Get the recipe for Fonio Pilaf with Dates, Carrots, and Peanuts »

Kale and Apple Salad

Kale and Apple Salad

Kale and Apple SaladMatt Taylor-Gross

Crunchy cashews coated with maple syrup and sesame seeds, and a boldly piquant dressing of Shanxi vinegar, add texture and verve to the classic kale salad from chef Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan in Brunswick, Maine. This vinaigrette is sharper than most, so if you prefer less acidity, add up to 1/4 cup more vegetable oil. Get the recipe for Kale and Apple Salad

Wok-Fried Brussels Sprouts and Bacon with Crispy Chestnuts

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Chestnuts
Fried Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and ChestnutsMatt Taylor-Gross

This spin on a popular Sichuan stir-fry—with bacon, ginger, and garlic; garnished with sliced chestnuts—swaps traditional cauliflower for Brussels sprouts. Get the recipe for Wok-Fried Brussels Sprouts and Bacon with Crispy Chestnuts »

Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro

Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro
Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and CilantroMatt Taylor-Gross

Fragrant with star anise, chiles de árbol, and cilantro, these mushrooms brown to a crisp on the outside while remaining tender inside. Get the recipe for Maitake Mushrooms with Red Chiles and Cilantro »

Pickled Shrimp with Satsuma (close up)

Pickled Shrimp with Satsuma

Pickled Shrimp with Satsuma OrangeChristina Holmes

Bittersweet satsumas, a citrus fruit native to Louisiana, brighten these pickled shrimp, which chef Justin Devillier of New Orleans' La Petite Grocery spikes with Korean chile flakes. Substitute tangerines or any orange-related citrus and crushed red chile flakes, if necessary. Get the recipe for Pickled Shrimp with Satsuma »

Potato and Rutabaga Gratin
Potato and Rutabaga GratinTodd Coleman

Earthy rutabagas and aged Gruyère add intrigue to a classic potato gratin. Get the recipe for Potato and Rutabaga Gratin »

Polish Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka)

Polish Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka)

Polish Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka)Ganda Suthivarakom

Szarlotka is Polish for apple pie, and that's exactly what this two-ingredient highball tastes like. It's a match made in heaven—the unfiltered apple juice teases out Zubrowka's spicy notes. Get the recipe for Polish Apple Pie Cocktail (Szarlotka) »

Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon

Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon
Fingerling Potatoes with BaconVanessa Rees

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. Get the recipe for Fingerling Potatoes with Bacon »

Autumn Panzanella Salad

Autumn Panzanella Salad
Autumn Panzanella SaladLaura Sant

Crispy pancetta, peppery arugula, and sweet sautéed shallots give a fall spin to panzanella. Get the recipe for Autumn Panzanella Salad »

Puréed Carrots with Orange and Ginger
Puréed Carrots with Orange and GingerCory Baldwin

Cookbook author Leah Koenig's family always served puréed carrots as part of their Jewish holiday repertoire. This version, from her forthcoming book The Modern Jewish Cookbook (Chronicle, 2015), gets amped up with ginger, garlic, and bright citrus. Get the recipe for Puréed Carrots with Orange and Ginger »