5-Ingredient Thanksgiving Recipes

Holiday meal planning is easy when you plan your menu around these festive 5-ingredient recipes.

  • Thanksgiving Punch

    Thanksgiving Punch

    Serve your holiday guests a festive fall drink made with pomegranate juice, pineapple juice and ginger ale.
  • Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Pomegranate-Rosemary Royale

    This simple twist on the traditional kir royale blends tart-sweet pomegranate juice with subtle herbal notes from a rosemary-infused syrup.
  • Thanksgiving Salad

    Thanksgiving Salad

    Use your Thanksgiving leftovers to make a hearty salad. Cut cornbread dressing into cubes and toast for croutons, and top mixed greens with leftover turkey and cranberry sauce.
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples

    Add amazing flavor to Brussels sprouts by combining them with sweet-tart apples and roasting them for about 25 minutes or until they are tender and mellow.
  • Glazed Carrots with Pecans
    Photo: James Baigrie; Styling: Randy Mon

    Glazed Carrots with Pecans

    Make the most of the natural sweetness of carrots by cooking them in a skillet with brown sugar and minced fresh ginger, and add just the right crunch with toasted pecan halves.
  • Buttermilk-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Buttermilk-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

    Transform mashed potatoes from plain to perfect with the addition of tangy buttermilk and sharp Parmesan cheese.
  • Whipped Maple Sweet Potatoes

    Whipped Maple Sweet Potatoes

    For a quick and easy alternative to sweet potato casserole, stir maple syrup and butter into mashed sweet potatoes and top with toasted pecans.
  • Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans

    Instead of green bean casserole, go with a simpler dish featuring beans flavored with bacon, onion, sugar, and cider vinegar.
  • Sweet-Potato Gratin
    Ray Kachatorian

    Sweet-Potato Gratin

    Layer sliced sweet potato in a baking dish and bake in a mixture of whipping cream and Parmesan cheese for a luxurious variation of a sweet potato casserole.
  • Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish
    Photo: Ellen Silverman; Styling: Toni Brogan

    Fresh Cranberry-Orange Relish

    No Thanksgiving meal is complete without the cranberry relish, and this easy one will help streamline your holiday meal preparation because you can make it up to 3 days ahead.
  • Roast Peppered Cornish Hens
    Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Roast Peppered Cornish Hens

    For a small holiday gathering, hens offer a smart-sized option in lieu of a large turkey. Mustard, jelly, and black pepper combine for a simple glaze.
  • Sunset's Best Easy Gravy
    Annabelle Breakey

    Sunset's Best Easy Gravy

    Once you’ve cooked the turkey, just add broth or stock, flour, cornstarch, salt and pepper to the drippings and make a rich and creamy gravy to serve with the big meal.
  • Molasses-Glazed Turkey
    Photo: Luca Trovato

    Molasses-Glazed Turkey

    Add sweet, tangy flavor to your holiday bird by brushing it with a mixture of molasses and Dijon mustard.
  • Simple Baked Ham
    Randy Mayor

    Simple Baked Ham

    If you want to break outside of the turkey routine this year, consider a simple ham that’s flavored with cloves, apple juice, brown sugar and mustard. And, like turkey, there are a number of ways you can use up leftover ham.
  • Flaky Dinner Rolls

    Flaky Dinner Rolls

    These superlative rolls derive their texture and beautiful shape from employing a simple folding technique twice and allowing them to rise just once.
  • Hurry-Up Homemade Crescent Rolls
    Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Sissy Lamberton

    Hurry-Up Homemade Crescent Rolls

    Add yeast to all-purpose baking mix and let the dough rise just once for these shortcut dinner rolls. You can make these up to two months ahead and store in the freezer.
  • Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Fantasy
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Fantasy

    This decadent ice cream dessert starts with a frozen pumpkin pie or a pie from your supermarket bakery. All you have to do is freeze it, break it into chunks, then combine with ice cream, caramel topping, and toasted pecans. You may never go back to plain pumpkin pie.
  • Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream
    Karry Hosford

    Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream

    Deconstruct a sweet potato pie and turn it into a frozen dessert by simply folding mashed sweet potatoes and baked pastry crust dough into vanilla ice cream. Simply amazing.
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