"Homemade" Thanksgiving Recipes Using Boxed Potato Flakes, Muffin Mix and More

Here's how to take store-bought, packaged goods and make them your own this holiday season

Cheesy and Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy and Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Casey Barber

If the thought of peeling, boiling and mashing a big pot of potatoes brings you to tears, just fake it with boxed flakes. For best results, blend the potatoes immediately before you plan to serve them; they’re best when they’re hot and fresh!

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Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Casey Barber

Dress up a store-bought quart of butternut squash soup with a sweet-and-savory blend of quick-chopped onions, garlic and apples, and it’ll be like you made the whole thing from scratch.

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Corn Muffins Three Ways

Corn Muffins Three Ways

Casey Barber

The dirty little secret of every accomplished cook — even Southern chefs — is that they've all turned to Jiffy corn muffin mix at one point or another. The foolproof and great-tasting mix is nearly perfect on its own, but these three variations let you make it a little more special.

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No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie

Casey Barber

Tweak Thanksgiving tradition in a tasty way with this fluffy frozen pumpkin pie instead of the boring old baked version. Purists may grumble, but only until they take a forkful, then they’ll be clamoring for the recipe.

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