Cooking a Thanksgiving turkey can be intimidating, not to mention time consuming. If instead of spending hours in the kitchen, you’d rather spend your holiday hanging with family, watching the parade, or trying to steer clear of a conversation about Area 51 with your conspiracy theorist great uncle (just me?) then these nine sheet pan turkey recipes may be just what you’re looking for. Not only will you save time before dinner, but clean up will also be a breeze. Pro-tip: (actually I’m a total kitchen-amateur, but nonetheless), you can line your pan with parchment paper for the quickest route to a sparkling kitchen.
While I like the main dish, on the most leisurely Thursday of the year, I usually take the opportunity to load up on my favorite sides. I’ll have a small piece of turkey, then heap my plate with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pie. Because while turkey may not always be the star of my show, it’s an important and nostalgic aspect of the holiday (I know because my aunt said she was going to make salmon instead and I had a minor internal freakout). It shouldn't be overlooked, but it also shouldn’t take all day, which is why these nine sheet pan turkey recipes have your back.