11 Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes That'll Taste Like You Had Everything Under Control

Turkey is the diva of your Thanksgiving table. It may not look like much, but this little bird is more demanding than Beyoncé on a world tour. It needs to be thawed, brined, and basted — and if you pull it out of the oven five degrees too late? May the poultry gods have mercy on your soul. Here’s the thing: By the time you finally get that bird onto a serving plate, you’ve forgotten the most important part of all — your Thanksgiving sides.

Never fear, procrastinators. With a little creativity, it’s still not too late to get some magnificent side dishes on the table. Whether you’re an hour out or five minutes to dinnertime, we rounded up the perfect supporting cast, from bacon-wrapped asparagus to polenta chips and a stunning citrus salad. Thanksgiving isn’t a competition — but if it were, you’d totally dominate. Here’s to that holiday spirit.

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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Got 40 minutes? This side dish has your name all over it. Just bundle up a few asparagus stalks, wrap in bacon, and roast in the oven. How Sweet Eats brushes hers with sesame-infused oil, but if you’re short on time, good old olive will do.

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Roasted Eggplant

The beautiful thing about these roasted veggies is that you can stuff them with whatever you have on hand. Made extra wild rice? Sure. Cranberry sauce? Go for it. Lady and Pups finishes hers off with an easy, four-ingredient yogurt dressing.

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Fried Brussels Sprouts

Think Brussels sprouts are gross? Think again. Like most everything in life, they’re better deep fried, à la How Sweet Eats.

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Buttered Mushroom Toast

When it comes to last-minute sides, toast has your back, every single time. Half Baked Harvest tops hers with mushrooms and chèvre, but just about any combo of veggies and cheese will work.

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Mini Baked Brie

You already know how much I love puff pastry — and when you wrap it around some gooey, creamy brie? That’s what I call heaven. Joy the Baker’s recipe is an adorable take on the holiday classic.

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Grilled Polenta Chips

No time to stir a pot of polenta for hours? No problem. Half Baked Harvest turns her cornmeal into chips, in under 15 minutes.

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Mixed Greens

Blanched veggies make a surprisingly delicious side, especially when they’re all dressed up with homemade hollandaise. With help from our friends at Tucker, you’ll have this dish on the table in 20 minutes, flat.

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Quinoa Salad

When it comes down to the wire, salad is your best friend. Oh, Ladycakes tosses together a wholesome salad with quinoa — but feel free to sub in whatever cooked grains you already have on hand.

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Fig Salad

This sweet-meets-savory salad is so pretty, no one will guess it took you five minutes to whip up. Thanks, Tucker!

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Citrus Fennel Salad

This zippy citrus salad from Jelly Toast is just the thing to brighten up your Thanksgiving table.

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Panzanella Kabobs

Finally, the lazy girl’s side dish: Kabobs from My Name Is Yeh. All you need are skewers and a few leftover ingredients, like bread, herbs, and tomatoes, to make a showstopping appetizer.

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