11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes


11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: Recipe Girl

Why spend every waking moment on Thanksgiving Day in your kitchen when you could be relaxing and catching up with relatives and friends? Time seems to fly around the holidays, and preparing part of your Thanksgiving holiday meal ahead of time will make your day go more smoothly. Whether you are just starting your food prep or are knee-deep in entire recipes, you may end up saving some time — and you’ll have more energy for holiday fun with these 11 make-ahead Thanksgiving dishes.

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1. Green Bean Casserole

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: Good Dinner Mom

Not a cookie-cutter green bean casserole recipe, this dish incorporates real food ingredients and spices. You could even make two and save one in your freezer for Christmas dinner.

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2. Green Bean Salad

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: KitchMe

This super flavorful green bean dish is not only easy, it’s also healthy. Make the dish, freeze in gallon-size freezer bags, and thaw Thanksgiving morning.

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3. Roasted Haricot Verts with Walnuts & Thyme

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: KitchMe

Go ahead and break your green bean casserole tradition for the delicious (and memorable) combination of walnuts and fresh thyme.

4. Sweet Potato Casserole

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: KitchMe

Make this flavor-packed side dish a few days beforehand and pile the marshmallows on just before baking for a delicious, creamy treat.

Cranberries are another Thanksgiving must-have, and you’ll love how easy this slow cooker cranberry sauce recipe is!

5. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Maple Butter Sauce

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: Butter, With a Side of Bread

Did someone say cinnamon maple butter sauce? We sure did! Prepare the mashed sweet potatoes ahead of time and assemble the cinnamon maple butter sauce and whipped cream and top before serving.

6. Mashed Potatoes

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: Yellow Bliss Road

Mashed potatoes can be labor intensive, but they’re a must for any Thanksgiving menu. Preparing this side ahead of time is ideal and will help you stay focused on the main dish.

7. Turkey Sausage & Chestnut Stuffing

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: KitchMe

Make this savory and unique stuffing a few days ahead of time and cover tightly in your fridge. These flavors are a great combination of sweet, salty, and just plain hearty.

8. Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: Recipe Girl

Cheesecake freezes well and is a good way to save some time in the kitchen without compromising on the homemade flavor of this recipe.

A no-bake Thanksgiving dessert is another easy way to save time and free up your much-needed oven space!

9. Frozen Pumpkin Pie Dessert

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: Laura Fuentes

Here’s a variation on a classic that’s both inexpensive and easy to prepare — make it a few days ahead of time for a jump start on Thanksgiving dessert.

10. Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: Laura Fuentes

No one can resist a good brownie, so make this seasonally appropriate dessert either the day before or just freeze them ahead of time.

11. Cowboy Quiche

11 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes | thegoodstuff

Source: Pioneer Woman

Don’t forget breakfast — whether you’re up early prepping your turkey or have overnight guests to feed, a quiche is a good way to feed a group of people without doing too much extra work.


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