How to make an entire Thanksgiving dinner in less than 2 hours

Think about it: Most turkeys roast for about three hours. Three whole hours. That doesn’t even include all the overnight brining time—not to mention the sides, sauces and desserts. You could go the traditional route and spend days in the kitchen…or you could cook our menu and be done with every single dish in less than two hours. But what is this wizardry, you ask? Every recipe includes a brilliant time-saving hack and uses a different part of your kitchen, so you can cook everything at the same time. Genius.

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THE FASTEST ROAST TURKEY RECIPE IN THE UNIVERSE

Get the bird started in the oven before preparing the rest of your feast. It takes almost two hours from start to finish, but it roasts for just 30 minutes.

15-MINUTE MICROWAVE MASHED POTATOES

Make this up to a day in advance, then blast it in the microwave again right before serving.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS SKILLET WITH CRISPY PANCETTA-GARLIC BREAD CRUMBS

Make these guys on the stove in just 20 minutes and bring the whole skillet to the table to save dishes.

5-INGREDIENT RED-WINE CRANBERRY SAUCE

Presenting the only cranberry sauce in the world that’ll steal the show. Cook it on the stove top next to the brussels sprouts. It requires very little monitoring, but lots of wine.

BAKED CAULIFLOWER WITH POMEGRANATE SEEDS AND THYME

Think of this as the perfect side dish. It is cooked just like stuffing and has all the same flavors (thyme, sage, parsley, carrots and onions)…but it’s completely gluten-free.

MAKE-AHEAD VEGETARIAN GRAVY

Thanks to umami-rich mushrooms, this gravy tastes as rich as the real deal and will cater to any dietary restrictions your guests might have—plus, you can make it up to three days in advance (no turkey pan drippings required).

BISCUIT-DOUGH PUMPKIN HAND PIES

These four-bite treats have the perfect ratio of flaky crust to creamy filling. Plus, you don’t have to worry about making the dough. Just punch it out with a cookie cutter, crimp and bake.

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