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Last-Minute Lucy’s Thanksgiving Survival Checklist


Roasted Turkey (stuffed) with Gravy
This Thanksgiving classic isn’t as hard as it seems. The trick is sticking with a smaller bird and roasting first breast-down, then browning breast-up.

Roasted Turkey (unstuffed) with Gravy
To hasten dinner, roast your bird sans stuffing. If you can’t get enough of that wonderful stuff(ing), you can always bake it separately.

Hors D’ouvres

Snack ideas to quell the munchies and keep hungry guests out of your kitchen.


Classic Mashed Potatoes
Follow these exact steps to perfect, dreamy, creamy mashed potatoes.

Potatoes Au Gratin
This is a great alternatives to mashed potatoes. As an added bonus, this dish can be made ahead — just pop in the oven and reheat before serving.

Bread Stuffing
Buttery traditional bread stuffing.

Oyster Stuffing
My boyfriend always gets kind of wild-eyed and short of breath when I tell him I am planning on making Daddy Link’s Oyster Stuffing. No joke.

Apple Cranberry Stuffing
This is a fabulous dressing for vegetarians and carnivores alike! It’s hearty and delicious.

Blue Cheese Broccoli Casserole
Rich, cheesy, and a snap to make.

Spicy Green Beans
If you find yourself skipping your vegetables because you forget until your entree’s done, this recipe will kill your excuse. Your other food won’t have time to get cold before this is done.

Green Beans with Bacon and Onions
Green beans are popular with almost everyone and this old-fashioned recipe is a surefire hit.More Sides


Cranberry Orange Sauce
This versatile sauce is great over any poultry, pork or even spread on bread instead of jelly. It’ll stay good in the fridge for several days and can be reheated in the microwave in a jiffy.


Pecan Pie
A rich and nutty classic.

Pumpkin Pie
Cool and creamy traditional dessert.

More desserts

Fun with Leftovers

Mushroom and Turkey Enchiladas
Spicy enchiladas with a creamy green chile sauce

Turkey and White Bean Chili
Light and flavorful second act for your leftover dark meat.

Cheesy Baked Mashed Potatoes
As if you haven’t eaten enough fat in the last week…

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