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Posted on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

Last-minute Thanksgiving recipe ideas

By Jessica Webster


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Don't have your meal planned yet? We've got recipes for you!

AP Photo | Matthew Mead

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. The Type-A personalities among us have their menus mapped out, their ingredients purchased and their heritage turkey ready to go into brine.

And then there's the rest of us.

If you're still looking for some good Thanksgiving recipe ideas, look no further. I've put together some links to some of our best Thanksgiving-appropriate appetizers, mains, sides and desserts. Just point and click and let your culinary imagination run wild!


Pimento cheese with creme fraiche and bacon.

Peggy Lampman |Contributor


Pimento Cheese with Creme Fraiche and Bacon

Bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo.

Grilled brie with cherries.

Grilled halloumi salad.

A lighter take on classic blue cheese dip.

A fast and virtuous dip to serve company.

Crostini with pickled baby beets and goat cheese.

Parmesan puffs.


Peggy Lampman's roast turkey nirvana.

Peggy Lampman | Contributor


Peggy Lampman’s Roast Turkey Nirvana

Roast turkey with lemon and sage butter

Alton Brown's turkey brining tutorial

Crazy bacon-wrapped turkey!

Side dishes

Warm Brussels sprout and bacon slaw could fill your Thanksgiving vegetable needs.

Soup offers a fresh take on squash at Thanksgiving


Classic Thanksgiving sides.

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Basic Thanksgiving dressing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.

Cranberry pancetta stuffing that is truly stovetop.

Lemon and sage wild rice.

Great turkeys need equally great classic sides.

Peanut spice mix revitalizes dull turkey day side.

Curried couscous lentil salad with roasted sweet potatoes.

Pomegranate-glazed sweet potatoes.

Baked apples stuffed with orange-scented sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes that are sweet, minus marshmallows.

Sweet onion custard - bring a taste of the 19th century south to your Thanksgiving table.

Creamed Onion Gratin is a new favorite Thanksgiving side.



Sweet potato pecan pie

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Sweet potato pecan pie

Mom's Magic Apple Pie

A healthier take on classic apple pie.

Mocha icebox cake.

And don't forget our friends, the pets:

Using leftover pumpkin for healthy pet treats.

Thanksgiving pet safety tips.

What's your cooking in your kitchen? Send us your Thanksgiving day photos using this form or by using the hastag #a2photos on Twitter and Instagram and we may feature it in an upcoming gallery here on

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