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A perfect Thanksgiving in minutes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Last-minute Thanksgiving

It's the week before Thanksgiving and you have yet to plan a thing. What to do? Don't panic, there is still time to create a stunning Thanksgiving meal that looks like it took weeks to plan. Here is our last-minute Thanksgiving guide, including quick cooking tips and simple recipes.

10-Minute Thanksgiving Gravy

Makes 6 to 8 servings

4 cups turkey broth
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Splash of sherry
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Add broth to pot and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, whisk water and cornstarch until smooth.

2. Pour cornstarch mixture into broth and simmer for 5 minutes. Add sherry and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until heated through and thickened.

Simply Delicious Thanksgiving Stuffing

Makes 6 to 8 servings

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 large white onions, diced
5 celery ribs, diced
3 garlic cloves, peeled and diced
15 slices crusty bread, crumbled
2 red apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 tablespoon dried tarragon
1 to 1-1/2 cups turkey broth
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender.

3. Place bread in a casserole dish and top with vegetable mixture.

4. Mix together apples, tarragon and broth. Season with salt and pepper. Add to casserole dish and toss ingredients to combine.

5. Cover with foil or a lid and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil or lid and bake another 15 minutes or until crispy on top.

5-Minute Thanksgiving Apple Pie

Makes 6 to 8 servings

1 (16-ounce) can apple pie filling
1 cup whipped topping
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 graham cracker pie crust
Whipped cream to garnish

1. Combine apple pie filling with whipped topping, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Spoon mixture into pie crust.

2. Chill until ready to serve. Top with whipped cream before serving.

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