Thanksgiving Recipes for the Reluctant Host

Easy Thanksgiving recipes to make the holidays less intimidating
Thanksgiving Recipes
Jane Bruce

Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving is one challenging meal. It is built up as an extravaganza, a feast that is best left to the true masters of the home kitchen. No wonder so many of us are reluctant to try and entertain on Thanksgiving.

But what if we told you that your Thanksgiving recipes don’t all have to be complicated ones? There are simple ways to brine a turkey, easy garlic mashed potato recipes to serve, and even no-bake desserts that can be prepped and ready to go days in advance.

Still don’t believe us? Check out these simple recipes for a tasty and stress-free Thanksgiving then reconsider hosting what promises to be a very memorable meal this year!

Thanksgiving Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving sides are what make the meal. And garlic mashed potatoes, whether they are served on Thanksgiving or not, are a delicious, homey side. All of your friends and family will rave over this super creamy, super flavorful Thanksgiving garlic mashed potato recipe. Add or subtract as much garlic as you like to match your personal preference.

Thanksgiving Green Bean Casserole

Extremely simple and extremely flavorful, this dish is a must for Thanksgiving dinner! Enjoy at Thanksgiving or all year long, either way, the simple combination of fried onions, green beans, and mushroom soup makes for a magical combination.

Mayonnaise Roasted Turkey

Roasted turkey, brined turkey, dry-brined turkey, healthy turkey, bacon-wrapped turkey, stuffed turkey, turkey cooked with compound butter, herbed-and-spiced turkey, smoked turkey, jerk turkey, barbecue turkey, paper-bag turkey, beercan turkey, turducken, and of course, fried turkey. You’ve heard of all these variations before, thought about what temperature to cook the turkey at and for how long, hoped for a moist turkey breast and oohs and ahs from your guests. When thinking about doing something different, but perhaps not too much more difficult than your traditional Thanksgiving turkey, have you ever considered a mayonnaise-roasted Turkey?

Mini No-Bake Strawberry Cheese Cakes


Sure, there are a lot of healthy things you could do with strawberries. But when strawberry cheesecakes are an option, why on earth would you make anything else? Especially when all you have to do is pop them in the freezer for a few hours! These tasty bites are decadent and perfectly portioned for a lightly indulgent treat.