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These are the Best Make ahead Thanksgiving & Holiday recipes, at least in our family! Spend more time with family and friends with these delicious make ahead holiday recipes.
Tender tasty Turkey, amazing silky smooth giblet gravy, tantalizing side dishes, seasonal salads, non-traditional desserts and drink recipes for young and old.
I am all about doing as much as I can ahead of time to reduce stress on Thanksgiving day by preparing some of the dishes ahead of time! Includes Thanksgiving side dishes, no brine turkey, gravy, salads, delectable desserts and seasonal drinks.
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE AHEAD FOR THANKSGIVING?
So many dishes can be made ahead of time, almost all of these dishes can either be made ahead, or aspects of them can be made ahead of time. Especially think about making your mashed potatoes in advance!
Can I be honest? Rarely, if ever, do I make the entire holiday meal. I have a large family and we have always divided up the dishes for the day, each person bringing a few dishes.
ASK OTHERS TO BRING DISHES TO COMPLETE THE THANKSGIVING MEAL
If I am hosting, I typically roast the turkey, the giblet gravy and my favorite stuffing, since they really need to be done together. But the rest, I leave to up to the others.
I love seeing what people bring to contribute to dinner. The recipes featured in this post are all family favorites, many I have been making for decades; some are traditional, some not-so-traditional like my Mini French Silk Pies, but all scrumptious, tried and true AND you can make them ahead of time!
VEGETABLE THANKSGIVING SIDES
Looking for a brined turkey, try my fellow bloggers recipe here.
And if you are looking for some hostessing tools and gadgets, pop over to my post on Gifts for the Entertainer, where I polled friends how love to entertain for some of their must have items.
And if you are looking for some fun, family friendly games to play with your family and friends this holiday season, check out these simple and insanely fun ideas!
I hope you have the most relaxed (with all these make ahead dishes, it’s almost a guarantee!) Thanksgiving ever, that you are reminded of all we have to be so very thankful for and please, invite others to help you lighten your load this Thanksgiving!
This simple whole wheat recipe for Maple Pumpkin Scones is the perfect fall treat! Tender, easy, moist pumpkin scones sweetened only with maple syrup, with a beautiful balance of fall spices and then topped with a lovely browned butter maple glaze.
Sugar and spice and everything nice? It is when you make this Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake for your family or friends. Hands on time, maybe 15 minutes, maybe! The hardest part about this cake is waiting for it to bake.
Soft and chewy, these Sweet Molasses Brown Bread Rolls are simple and scrumptious. A touch of molasses and honey, healthy whole wheat flour give these rolls amazing texture and great flavor, similar to Outback or Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread.
These Instant Pot Rustic Mashed Potatoes quick, and they are loaded with incredible flavors; like garlic, Boursin cheese, spices, cream and broth for restaurant style mashed potatoes! Stovetop and slow cooker instructions included.
The best, juicy and tender boneless turkey breast made in less than an hour in your Instant Pot! Need to supplement your white mean this Thanksgiving, or just having a small gathering, this turkey breast recipe is perfect!
This recipe for silky, smooth, oozing with amazing turkey flavor gravy is the last one you will ever need! Make ahead and save time on your busy holiday, while you wow your guests with this gravy. Easily convert to gluten free!
An amazing make ahead side-dish for the upcoming holidays! Light, creamy, complex, with undertones of orange and cinnamon, touched with a hint of whiskey, not to mention the indulgent sweet pecan praline topping.
This is the best potato gratin! A classic holiday dish; thinly sliced potatoes layered with a dreamy herb and garlic infused Béchamel sauce and rich and nutty Gruyère cheese; baked to golden, creamy, bubbly perfection! The perfect side for your holiday meal!
Another amazing, make ahead treat, easily converted to be gluten free. Smooth as silk, Mini Chocolate French Silk Pies are the bomb! Creamy, decadent chocolate French silk pie filling on a toffee graham cracker crust, with a dollop of vanilla bean whipped cream.
Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.