Thanksgiving Parfait

Turkey Parfait

Get Thanksgiving dinner out of the way fast so you can eat the stuff you actually like – the desserts! This clever parfait layers traditional holiday dishes in the order they’ll be eaten, and with portion sizes small enough to please the most finicky dieter. It’s also a space and dish-saver for large families having dinner in small houses.


  • 1/2 turkey frozen dinner for each person

or dinner fixin’s such as:

  • Frozen turkey loaf
  • Gravy mix or canned gravy
  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Boxed macaroni and cheese
  • Canned green beans
  • Boxed dressing mix
  • Canned cranberry sauce, if not included in frozen dinner


Heat the frozen dinners and/or dinner fixin’s according to directions.

Into each parfait glass, place ingredients in the following order:

  • Dessert from frozen dinner, if any. (This may have to be smashed pretty hard to make it conform to the shape of the parfait glass.)
  • A spoonful or two of cranberry sauce – necessary to transition between the savory flavors of the main course and the sweet flavors of dessert.
  • Mashed potatoes, green beans, or macaroni and cheese, depending on the contents of the frozen dinner.
  • Dressing
  • Turkey
  • Gravy

Garnish with a whole cranberry or a few kernels of canned corn. Serve with spoon, paper towel napkin, and a big smile.


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