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How to cook Thanksgiving dinner

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Want to cook your own Thanksgiving dinner but don't know where to start?

This handy guide will help you perfect your timing for Thanksgiving mains, side dishes and desserts. Once you've chosen your main course (turkey, lamb, ham) you can mix and match sides that cook at the same temperature or cook quickly on the stovetop.

I've also included recipes for pies and cobblers - most of which can be made well in advance and served room temperature or cold.
baked ham with pineapple glaze style
Main option: Cook + prep time will be around 4 hours. Cooks in a 350 F oven.
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90-Minute Roast Turkey style
Main option: Prep time it 8+ hours, but cook/resting time is less than 2 hours. Cooks for around 90 minutes in a 450 F oven.
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roasted turkey thighs style
Main option: These turkey thighs take under 45 minutes to cook in a 400 F oven.
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Turkey Recipe style
Main option: Prep + cook is about 4-5 hours. Cooks at 350 F.
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How to Carve a Turkey style
That turkey you just spent all that time roasting? This is how to break it down.
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Roast Leg of Lamb style
Main option: Prep + cook time is under two hours. Cooks at 400 F for 20 minutes and then 325 F for about an hour or until it reaches temp.
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mashed potatoes style
Side option: These potatoes take around 45 minutes from start to finish and are made entirely on the stove top.
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hashbrown casserole style
Side option: Prep + cook time is around an hour. Cooks for 45 minutes at 350 F.
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thanksgiving salad style
Side option: Prep + cooking will take about 45 minutes. Bacon will need to be fried on the stove top and the butternut squash will roast in the oven at 400 F for 30 minutes.
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roasted butternut squash style
Side option: Cook + prep is 45 minutes. Cooks for 25-30 minutes in a 400 F oven.
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mac and cheese style
Side option: Takes 45 minutes to make on the stovetop. If you'd like it baked, it will need to cook for 20 minutes at 425 F.
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roasted brussels sprouts style
Side option: Prep + cook time is around 1 hour. Cooks at 400 F for 45 minutes.
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Stuffing style
Side option: Cook + prep time is around 90 minutes. Cooks on the stovetop for 20 minutes and then in a 350 F oven for 45 minutes.
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Green Beans style
Side option: Prep + cook time is 30 minutes and they're made entirely on the stove top.
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Twice Baked Potatoes style
Side option: Prep + cook time is around ninety minutes. They cook in a 350 F oven for 1 hour 15 minutes.
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stuffing muffins style
Side option: Cook and prep time is around an hour. Bakes at 350 F for 15-20 minutes, rest of cooking is on stove top.
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Sweet Potato Casserole style
Side option: Prep + cook time is around 1 hour. Casserole cooks at 350 F for 25 minutes. Sweet potatoes can be cooked by boiling or in the microwave.
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Quick Yeast Rolls style
Side option: Cook + prep time is about an hour. Cooks in a 375 F oven for 10-15 minutes.
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Gravy Recipe style
Side option: Takes only 15 minutes on the stove top. Made from pan drippings of your main course.
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biscuit recipe style
Side option: Cook + prep time is less than 30 minutes. They bake at 450 F for 7 minutes.
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Microwave Corn style
Side option: Prep + cook takes less than 20 minutes. Cooked entirely in the microwave!
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Broccoli Cheese Casserole style
Side option: Prep + cook time is 1 hour. Cooks at 350 F for 30 minutes.
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quick and easy pecan pie style
Dessert option: Prep + cook time is 1 hour. Bakes at 450 F for 10 minutes, and then at 350 F for 35 minutes.
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Chocolate cream pie style
Dessert option: Prep + cook time is 45 minutes + chilling time in fridge. Can be made the day before. Crust needs to be baked in the oven, pie filling is made on the stove top.
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sweet potato pie style
Dessert option: Prep + cook time is an hour and a half. Cooks at 325 F for 50-60 minutes. Sweet potatoes are prepped by cooking in the microwave.
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Pumpkin Pie style
Dessert option: Prep + cook time is around 2 hours. Pie needs to bake at 400 F for 10 minutes and then at 300 F for 20-45 minutes. Pie needs 2-3 hours to cool after baking. Can be made in advance.
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plum cobbler style
Dessert option: Prep + cook time is 1 hour. Can switch out plums for apples, pears, or other stone fruits. Bakes at 350 F for 45 minutes.
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