Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Looking for a stress-free Thanksgiving menu even though you're hosting? Here are more than 70 recipes you can make ahead of time so you look like a pro.

Staff Picks

Make-Ahead Marsala Turkey Gravy

Rating: 5 stars 15
The Thanksgiving Day kitchen is a busy, hectic scene that can intimidate even the most experienced cooks. By doing your gravy ahead of time, you make that last-minute production a lot easier. That's not to say I want you to throw away all those lovely turkey pan juices sitting in your roasting pan. Time permitting, strain them into a saucepan, boil them down, and add them to this sauce.

Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 4.5 stars 106
Mashed potatoes can be made almost completely ahead. Do nearly everything - boil, peel and mash; stir in milk and salt - up to two days ahead. Before serving, reheat. Adding butter at the last minute makes them taste freshly mashed.
By Allrecipes Member

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By Bridget Degnan

Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 3844
A delicious mashed sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping. Easy to make ahead, this recipe bakes in only 30 minutes.

Do-Ahead Stuffing

Rating: 4.5 stars 25
This is a delicious stuffing recipe that can be made up to 3 days ahead. Just mix the ingredients together and store in the fridge.

Thanksgiving Day Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
A time-honored Thanksgiving salad that's at our table every year. Sweet and slightly tart, it is a colorful addition to any feast.

9 Make-Ahead Sides For The Freezer

Cut down on Thanksgiving Day stress — freeze these sides ahead of time.
By Vanessa Greaves

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Rating: 4.5 stars 431
I discovered this excellent Thanksgiving gravy recipe years ago! It is gravy that, unlike most, can be made AHEAD of time. The gravy will keep for 3 months when frozen in an airtight container.

How to Freeze Pumpkin Pie

Got extra pumpkin pie? That's the opposite of a problem.
By Sarra Sedghi

Mom's Pie Crust

Rating: 4.5 stars 345
This freezes beautifully; no well-equipped home is without a ball of pie dough in the freezer!

Tips for Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Nicole McLaughlin, aka NicoleMcmom, shares her best tips for making Thanksgiving side dishes ahead of time for a stress-free holiday.
By Vanessa Greaves

The Make-Ahead Whipped Topping That is Way More Delicious Than Whipped Cream

This holiday season, you definitely don't want to be whipping cream at the last minute. Try this make-ahead hack instead.
By Maddy Sweitzer-Lammé

Inspiration and Ideas

Great Make-Ahead Side Dishes To Freeze
Cut the holiday stress by prepping a few side dishes ahead of time. Just stash them in the freezer, and you'll have even more to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.
How to Make Thanksgiving Gravy Ahead of Time
Forget that last-minute scramble to make gravy while the turkey rests!
Best Spinach Dip Ever
Rating: 4.5 stars 1406

A flavorful spinach dip fills a tasty bread bowl. Perfect for entertaining!