Americans wait all year to indulge in the feast that is Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you cook the entire meal yourself or enjoy the meal at someone else's house, one thing is for sure; it is a huge endeavor. People spend the entire week prepping their "make-ahead" dishes for the big Thanksgiving meal. If you're tired of spending hours prepping instead of eating, one-pot Thanksgiving dinner is your solution. One-pot Thanksgiving meals and sheet pan meals immensely cut down on your cook time, so that you can spend time enjoying your holiday. We've rounded up the best one-pot thanksgiving recipes that will impress, whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice home cook.
10 One-Pot Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes
1. Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is the ultimate Thanksgiving side dish. Its tart, sweet flavor helps to cut through the carb heavy meal. While nothing is easier than opening a can, this homemade version is almost as easy. All you have to do is add the ingredients to your instant pot, cook on manual high, then sautee in the pot until thickened.
2. Green Bean Casserole
Casseroles typically require the use of several pots and pans. The instant pot allows everything to come together in one-pot. Start by sauteing the garlic cloves, onion, and mushrooms. Once cooked, add 1/2 cup chicken stock and green beans. While your beans are cooking, mix flour and heavy cream to add to your mixture. Once thickened, mix, serve, and top with crispy onions.
3. Brussels Sprouts
No one-pot Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a serving of veggies. This dish keeps it simple with olive oil, brussels sprouts, and pecans for crunch.
4. Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner
While technically not one pot, this one-pan meal is just as simple. This riff on a classic turkey dinner allows you to make stuffing, green beans, turkey breast, and sweet potatoes all at the same time. Make sure to give yourself enough prep time to prepare and season all the ingredients.
5. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
What's better than luscious, creamy mashed potatoes? This recipe combines unsalted butter, kosher salt, black pepper, and whole milk to achieve mashed potato greatness. Since it's all done in the slow cooker you could whip these up for a regular weeknight side.
6. Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
Whether it's an appetizer or dessert, this casserole is delicious. Cook your diced sweet potatoes in the slow cooker to save on valuable oven space. Once cooked, add brown sugar and marshmallows to complete this sweet treat.
7. Sheet Pan Stuffing
Cooking stuffing on a baking sheet ensures crispy edges for all. This stuffing calls for fresh thyme leaves and fresh sage, but feel free to add your favorite herbs.
8. One Pan Cornbread Stuffing
This makes a great gluten-free option by using cornbread instead of white bread.
9. Perfectly Roasted Butternut Squash
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and evenly spread your olive oil-coated cubed squash on the pan. It is that easy!
10. Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
This is the perfect one-pot meal for the day after the feast. Simply throw some frozen veggies in a pot with your leftover turkey scraps. Add puff pastry to take this over the top.