Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes on Pinterest

BreakingModern — If you’re anything like me, you wait until the last minute to begin preparing for Thanksgiving. You probably scramble to find the recipes you’ll need to help feed the masses. Some advice? Don’t rush out and buy a new cookbook — learn to brine a turkey, create delicious sides, prep for leftover mayhem and more with a quick visit to Pinterest. To speed along your delicious journey, I’ve gathered a few ideas to help you create a holiday meal they’ll be talking about until New Years.


Start with a Turkey

There are two clearly defined turkey camps — those who think simply roasting is the way to go, and those strongly in favor of brining the turkey before cooking. If you’re thinking of brining for the first time, there are helpful infographics to give you step-by-step instructions. Whichever preparation method you choose, there are pins detailing the cooking time, number of pounds you should prepare per person and much more.


Choose a Few Vegetables

When choosing from the myriad of fall vegetables, you can lean toward the traditional or mix things up this Thanksgiving. Start with a green bean casserole, some glazed carrots, a roasted potato dish or maple cranberry sweet potatoes. Or maybe this is the year to try a candied pecan sweet potato casserole or a cranberry orange quinoa salad. Or maybe even an acorn squash dish with walnuts and cranberry.

I can count rolls as a vegetable if I pick a recipe for sweet potato rolls, right? I also found an unexpectedly large selection of recipes for Brussels sprouts — maybe instead of an acorn squash, you could opt for pan-seared Brussels sprouts with cranberries and pecans.

Dust Off Your Slow Cooker

Stovetop space is premium real estate this time of year, so don’t forget the benefits of using your slow cooker. You can use it to “bake” your sweet potatoes, or to make sausage, apple, and sage stuffing, or even to make your mashed potatoes. If you have some time the day before, you could whip up some crockpot cranberry butter, or use the cooker to make a spinach and artichoke dip appetizer while you’re preparing the rest of the meal.

Prep for Dietary Differences

Maybe you need to plan a fully gluten-free and allergy-friendly menu (with corresponding shopping list), or build your own vegan Thanksgiving menu. Or you just need an excellent selection of vegetarian recipes to keep it interesting. Whatever your specific situation, chances are you’ll find some delicious recipes on Pinterest that’ll keep everyone happy and well fed.

Finish with Some Sweet Treats

Pinterest has recipes for classics like apple crisp and pumpkin pie, but you can also opt for snackable sweets like candied pecans or peanut butter pumpkin fudge. I found several recipes for individual treats like caramel apple mini cheesecakes or mini cranberry cheesecakes.


Mix Things Up with Leftovers

With leftovers from Thanksgiving, my family tends toward hot and cold turkey sandwiches, but Pinterest opens up much-more-innovative possibilities. You could try Thanksgiving leftover Stromboli, or hand pies or even a turkey-cranberry-Brie grilled cheese sandwich. I also like the look of the leftover turkey pot pie and turkey bisque soup.

If you’re looking for a more-comprehensive guide to a first-timer’s Thanksgiving, visit the Pinterest pin picks survival guide to Thanksgiving or grab your mobile for apps that’ll walk you through Thanksgiving preparations.

To access pins to all these recipes plus several cranberry options, a selection of Thanksgiving drinks and much more, check out my Pinterest board. Good luck!

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Based in central Vermont, Becket Morgan covers apps and lifestyle tech for BreakingModern. Follow her at @becketmorgan on Twitter or +Becket Morgan on G+.

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