Sheet Pan Thanksgiving Dinner For Everyone Who Hates Cleanup

  • We all know Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday. If like me, you’re not hosting a ton of people this year, and are aiming for a low-key, no-stress meal that will still be delicious and filling, I’ve got the solution for you. Get your handy dandy sheet pans out because you can have an inviting Thanksgiving meal on the table in under an hour by following this easy roasted turkey thighs recipe (and side dishes). Roasting an entire bird can be intimidating (and requires a lot of time), turkey thighs cook up in just under an hour and yield the same crispy skin, juicy, flavorful, tender meat we all love.

    What’s a Thanksgiving meal without sides? Our family’s favourites include cornbread stuffing, and roasted butternut squash with Brussels sprouts (seasonal favourites) — festive, delicious and so so easy to put together. But feel free to mix it up and make your family’s favourites.

    Your entire Thanksgiving feast can be cooked on just TWO sheet pans; one for the turkey thighs another for the sides. And it’s all ready in under an hour! Easy prep, and super easy clean up — my kind of meal. Happy Turkey Day Everyone!

    Sheet Pan Turkey Thighs

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    Servings: 6-8

    Ingredients:

    • turkey thighs: 4, bone-in, skin-on
    • olive oil: 1/3 cup
    • orange: 1, juiced
    • garlic: 5 large cloves, finely minced
    • rosemary: 1 tablespoon, finely minced
    • thyme: 1/2 tablespoon, finely minced
    • sage: 1/2 tablespoon, finely minced
    • salt: 1 teaspoon
    • freshly cracked black pepper: 1 teaspoon
    • celery stalks: 2, cut into 3 inch pieces

    Directions:

    Step 1:  Preheat oven to90 degrees C. In a large bowl combine the olive oil, freshly-squeezed orange juice, minced garlic, rosemary ,thyme, sage, salt and pepper together. 

    Step 2: Toss the turkey thighs with the olive oil mixture. Make sure thighs are coated well with the marinade. (If you have the thought to prepare this in advance, you can let the thighs marinate for a couple of hours or overnight in the fridge. But definitely not a must).

    Step 3:  Scatter celery pieces on a large sheet pan. Place the marinated turkey thighs over the celery (making sure to spoon over any of the left over marinade over the turkey thighs -- don't let any go to waste!).

    Step 4: Bake in preheated oven for about 50 minutes, or until the skins are deeply golden and crispy. (After about 30 minutes of cooking time, I like to take the sheet pan out and baste the thighs with the pan drippings and then pop it back in the oven for another 20 minutes or until the skin is deeply golden and crispy). If you are unsure about the doneness of the thighs, you can always check the internal temperature -- which should be at least 165.

    Step 5:  Once the turkey is roasting in the oven prep your sides! (Also, feel free to make your favourite gravy recipe using the drippings from the turkey thigh sheet pan).  

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