It’s getting close to the BEST holiday of the year! And no, I’m not talking about Christmas, I’m talking about Thanksgiving! A day full of family time, gratitude and great food.
I know a lot of people can feel overwhelmed by preparing Thanksgiving dinner, but did you know that a huge portion of the meal can be prepared in advance? Everything from mashed potatoes, to rolls and other favorite side dishes can all be made a day or two before, so that you can enjoy your Thanksgiving without feeling stressed. Every recipe on this list is tried and tested, and easy. Happy cooking everybody!
Cook cranberries as directed and refrigerate overnight. Combine other other fruits (not marshmallows) and refrigerate overnight, separately. Stir the two together before serving, adding marshmallows and topping with whipped cream if desired.
Make the roll dough, cover and refrigerate overnight. The dough will complete it’s first rise overnight. In the morning, just follow the recipe, starting with punching down and shaping the dough.
Another option: These rolls freeze wonderfully! Make and freeze a big batch and just let them come to room temperature (or stick them in the microwave for a few seconds) before serving. No one will ever know 🙂
This recipe is AMAZING. We make it every year!
Make the filling 1-2 days in advance and smooth into your baking dish. Make the topping and place it in a ziplock bag. When you’re ready to bake it just take it out of the fridge and sprinkle the topping on!
Make and stuff the potatoes the night before. Place them on a large baking sheet and cover them with plastic wrap. When ready to bake, sprinkle cheese on top and bake as directed.
Make casserole according to directions up until asked to put the cheese crackers on top. Refrigerate without the crackers on top, overnight. Add crackers and bake as directed the next day.
Make stuffing as directed, but before baking, cover it with tinfoil and refrigerate overnight. Bake as directed the next the day.
Drain the fruit and combine it in a bowl the night before. Drain the juices in the morning and then add the yogurt, marshmallows and coconut.
Fresh Cranberry Relish
Make up to a week in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Make the day before. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Cheese Ball or Mini Cheese Balls Bites
Make the day before. (If making mini bites, don’t place the pretzels in them until just before serving).
Pioneer Woman Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Make recipe according to directions, up until baking. Refrigerate for 1-2 days and then bake as directed, when you’re ready.
Make the bean and sauce mixture up to one day in advance. Mix the crumb topping and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Add the onions to the topping just before baking.
Make the apple filling, adding a tiny bit more lemon juice so the apples don’t brown. Store the apple filling in an air-tight container, in the fridge, for up to one day. Make the crumble topping and put it in a separate ziplock bag, in the fridge. When ready to bake, remove from the fridge, and sprinkle the topping on top. Bake as directed.
Make the dough and flatten it into a disc. Place in a freezer ziplock bag and freeze until the day you make the pie. Remove from the freezer and allow to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before rolling out.
Make and bake the day before. Allow to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Make and bake the day before. Allow to cool completely. Make topping and cover and refrigerate both separately, overnight. Warm topping gently in the microwave and spoon on top.