Thanksgiving Recipes To Make Your Life Easier

Thanksgiving Recipes Jersey City

Thanksgiving can be a high-pressure holiday. There are so many things to consider. The turkey needs to be perfect. Which wine goes best with each food? There are so many side dishes to consider. And don’t even get me started on desserts. And what about the kids?! Here are some ideas to save you time and help you ease in to the Thanksgiving Day groove.

Easy side dishes:

Thanksgiving Recipes Jersey CityThis easy Candied Yams recipe is a crowd-pleaser, especially with the kids! My mom has been making this dish for as long as I can remember and it is a staple of our Thanksgiving meal. You can spice it up a bit and add some ginger and a can of chunked pineapple. This one is easy and yummy, trust me.

Carrots are a must on Thanksgiving, but you don’t have to over-think them. Try this super-simple Glazed Baby Carrots recipe. Yes, it’s only four ingredients and yes, it’s great! You can try adding some spices or even some maple syrup to make these your own.

Do ahead recipes:


Thanksgiving Day prep is a marathon, not a sprint. Do yourself a favor, try one of these great do ahead recipe ideas. Mashed potatoes are one of the most important side dishes on the T-Day table. Trust me…I’m the last person to take a risk with these babies. Last year I made this recipe for Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes. The best part? You can make them ahead of time. I was hesitant at first because I’ve been witness to (and responsible for) a few mashed potato disasters in my time. But, this actually worked! The potatoes can be made up to five hours in advance. You cover and chill them. When it’s time – reheat them gently and add milk to loosen, as needed (we used half-and-half). They turned out fabulous!

Thanksgiving Recipes Jersey CityOne of the things you can always do ahead are pie crusts. They actually work out better when very cold. This is my go-to recipe from The Smitten Kitchen for Foolproof Pie Dough. You may refrigerate your dough for up to two days or even freeze it for longer. This means that you can get to making pie crusts a week or two before Thanksgiving! It is such a time-saver.


This Cranberry Sauce recipe is actually both fast and can be done ahead of time. This recipe is from The New York Times and can be made in only 10 minutes! Plus, if you make it a few days ahead of time and let it set up in the fridge, it’s even better.

Another do-ahead tip: make all your pies the day before. Most pies can sit out overnight in a cool room or be refrigerated. Just remember to bring them to room temperature before serving.

Kid-Friendly Recipes:


These Three-Cheese Mini Macs are both fun and adorable for little ones. Simply put the mac-and-cheese into a mini-muffin pan for perfectly sized portions!

Kids are crazy for cupcakes. Try these Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes and even let the kids help you make them. They are adorable and even have a pretzel rod for a stem.

If you are feeling particularly ambitious, here are “23 Adorable Thanksgiving Desserts Kids Will Love”. Some of them are truly adorable.

Easy Dessert Recipes:


Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Pecan Pie is both delish and pretty easy to throw together. It bakes for about an hour, but the prep time is a breeze!

Cheesecake sounds intimidating, but this Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe is actually very simple. From Real Simple (not surprisingly), this is a very basic and easy to follow recipe. It’s just about foolproof.


Any fruit pie can become easy. First, buy a good crust. Trader Joe’s and Fresh Direct sell delicious frozen pie crusts – so you don’t have to make your own! Check out this article on “How to Make Easy Fruit Filling for Pie” and make your own delicious and easy concoction for the dessert table.