Enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving by preparing part of your meal in advance! Here are 15 favorite Make-ahead Thanksgiving Recipes to save you sanity, time and oven space!
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!
Cut all of your fruit the day before and store it separately. (Be sure to toss the apples really well in lemon juice so that they don’t brown).
Make the entire dish the day before and refrigerate overnight.
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.
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.
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 🙂
Light, fluffy, and flavorful mashed potatoes you can make ahead of time!
Prepare the mashed potatoes as directed. Cover and refrigerate for 1-3 days. Reheat in the oven or on the stove.
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!
To make funeral potatoes ahead of time, make the recipe through step 4 when the mixture is spread into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Store covered in the fridge for up to 1 day. Add crushed cornflake topping before baking.
Make entire salad 1 day in advance!
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.
Make up to a week in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Make the day before. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Make several days in advance and store in a the fridge.
Make the day before but don’t place the pretzels in them until you are ready to serve.
This can be made serval days in advance. If you are making this more than one day in advance, wait to put to the nuts on so that they don’t get soft.
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 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 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 the entire pie one day in advance and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Key Lime Pie
Make the complete pie 1-2 days in advance and store in the refrigerator.
Or, prepare the crust separately up to 1 week in advance!
Make and bake the day before. Allow to cool completely. Make topping and cover and refrigerate both separately, overnight. Warm topping in the microwave and spoon on top.
Make the entire cheesecake one day in advance and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Make the pumpkin pie bites and bake them the day before. Wait to put whip cream on top until you are ready to serve.
Make the entire roll one day in advance and store in the refrigerator. OR, Make the roll two days in advance but wait to make the cream cheese filling. Make the filling, spread over the roll, and serve.
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.
Triple Berry Crisp
Make the berry filling and store it 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 day before and refrigerate before serving!