These make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes are designed to minimize your stress level on Thanksgiving day. The truth is cooking Thanksgiving dinner isn't hard; it's just a lot of dishes to cook. With these make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes, you can knock out side dishes, desserts, and even appetizers in advance, leaving you more time to relax and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family.
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Cranberry sauce is the quintessential make-ahead Thanksgiving recipe. It tastes just as good (if not better) when made a day or two in advance—and with only three ingredients, it won't take too long.
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Everybody thinks mashed potatoes taste best when cooked and served right away, but when you make your mashed potatoes in advance, then reheat them on Thanksgiving day, they actually turn out hotter and creamier.
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The beauty of this one-dish recipe is that it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare and it tastes just as good the next day.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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The only part of this sweet potato casserole that shouldn't be made ahead is the topping. You can prep the dish a day or two before Thanksgiving, then wait to add the topping and bake on Thanksgiving day.
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This cranberry salad is easy to prepare days in advance and simple enough for novice Thanksgiving hosts to master.
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There's no reason stuffing should be prepared at the last minute. It tastes just as delicious when made a day or two before Thanksgiving.
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We don't think it's an accident that pumpkin pie is a traditional Thanksgiving dessert. It's one of those desserts that actually tastes better after it sits in the refrigerator a day or so.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Because this recipe starts with a frozen pie crust, it's unbelievably simple. And because pecan pie benefits from a nice long cooling period, this is a terrific make-ahead Thanksgiving recipe.
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Want to switch things up a bit this Thanksgiving? Try this pumpkin cheesecake instead of pumpkin pie. It's rich and creamy and an ideal make-ahead recipe, because it needs to cool in the refrigerator at least overnight.