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21 Best Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Cooking for Thanksgiving dinner is a huge endeavor. Anything we can do to make the day more enjoyable and less stressful is a good thing. I’ve found 21 best make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes to help you have a wonderful holiday meal.

Do you think that every dish on your Thanksgiving menu has to be made the day of Thanksgiving? If you are lucky, guests will bring a side dish or dessert. Or family members may offer to help prepare the meal.

Ideally, you are able to plan your meal preparations so that you can make several dishes ahead of time.

You want to be able to enjoy hosting your own Thanksgiving celebration.

These 21 make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes are a mixture of appetizers, side dishes, vegetables, potatoes, condiments, and a make-ahead pie crust. Don’t miss my instructions for brining your turkey ahead of time.

Do you need some ideas for ideas for Thanksgiving recipes that you can make ahead? Then join me as I show you great recipes to celebrate our most iconic holiday.

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Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Recipes

These make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes come from my search on Pinterest. You can see more holiday ideas on these Pinterest Boards:

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Enjoy them all.

roasted Thanksgiving turkey

Foods to Prepare Ahead for Thanksgiving

Let’s start with a list of tips that you can use to prepare ahead of time from The Kitchn.

Brining Your Turkey

I have been brining my turkey for years. I am a big proponent of brining a turkey for the way it adds moisture and tenderness to your turkey. Here is my step-by-step process. Try it, you’ll love it.

make-ahead Thanksgiving breakfast casserole

Breakfast Casserole to Make Ahead for Thanksgiving Breakfast

Thanksgiving dinner isn’t the only meal of the day. Breakfast for guests is important, too. Sally of Sally’s Baking Addition shares this delicious make-ahead breakfast casserole to get the day started right.

make ahead French toast

Yummy French Toast

Make this decadent French toast the day before for guests to enjoy in the morning. Lynn of Fresh April Flours shares this make-ahead breakfast dish.

make-ahead Thanksgiving cheese balls

Pretty Little Mini-Cheeseballs

Before sitting down to turkey and all the fixin’s, have some simple bites for your company. This variety of pretty little cheeseballs from BH & G is the perfect little bite to whet everyone’s appetite.

make-ahead brie and cranberry appetizer

Charcuterie Board with Cranberries and Brie

The sweet and creamy combination is not only delicious but also such a pretty spread before the Thanksgiving feast begins. Sam and Dan of A Family Thyme shares how to make this fall charcuterie board

pumpkin ravioli on white place

Lucilious Pumpkin-Filled Ravioli with

I included one of my favorite make-ahead appetizers at Bluesky at Home. These pillows of soft ravioli hold a wonderful hint of pumpkin that can be served anytime prior to Thanksgiving dinner.

pumpkin risotto bites on white plate

Pumpkin Risotto Bites

These little bites of pumpkin flavor have a crunchy texture on the outside and creamy on the inside. You can make batch weeks before Thanksgiving and freeze them, then finish for guests to snack on while the turkey is roasting.

make-ahead green bean casserole

Homemade Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole

Kimberly of the Daring Gourmet shows you how to make this classic Thanksgiving vegetable dish ahead so you can concentrate on other meal preparation tasks.

make-ahead Brussels sprouts and butternut squash

Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

Have you ever thought about combining two iconic fall vegetables? Denise of Sweet Pea and Saffron shares a easy-to-make-ahead gratin your guests will love.

broccoli casserole

Make-Ahead Crunchy
Broccoli Casserole.

Casseroles are always a favorite at Thanksgiving. Michelle of the Brown Eyed Baker has a delicious casserole you can make ahead.

butternut squash with cranberries and feta

Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta

You can easily prep this creative dish ahead. It’s a lighter version of a casserole. Be Centsational shares this roasted dish with creamy butternut squash and creamy feta with tart cranberries.

make-ahead sweet potatoes for Thansgiving

Brown Sugar Sweet Potatoes

What would Thanksgiving be without a sweet potato dish? Ang of Juggling Act Mama shares this brown sugar version.

make-ahead sweet potato casserole

Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole

 Tiffany of Peanut Blossom has a make-ahead sweet potato dish that sounds delicious.

make-ahead corn casserole

Corn Casserole to Make Ahead

Have a lot of corn left over from summer? Use it to make this easy corn casserole from Kathleen of The Fresh Cooky.

make-ahead mulled cranberry sauce

Mulled Cranberry Sauce

My kids demand homemade cranberry sauce. This version from Pam of Sidewalk Shoes may be the one they get this year. It has extra flavor going for it.

make-ahead mashed potatoes

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving must-have, but they do take a lot of time to prepare. I’ve never thought about making them ahead. Jessica of Good Cheap Eats shows you how really easy it is to make them ahead of Thanksgiving.

make ahead dressing for Thanksgiving

Dressing or Stuffing? Make it Ahead.

Here in the south we call it dressing and make it in a casserole dish. Gina of Intentional Hospitality shares how to make this classic dish ahead.

make-ahead macaroni and cheese

Mom’s Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

Tracey of The Kitchen is My Playground shares not only how to make this classic dish ahead, but also how easy it is to give it two different textures.

homemade gravy to make ahead

Make-Ahead Gravy

You can’t have Thanksgiving without gravy. Turkey, dressing, and mashed potatoes, and gravy are the perfect pairing. Usually, we wait until the turkey is done to make gravy. Southern Living shares how to make a delicious version ahead of the turkey.

make-ahead pie crust

Homemade Make-Ahead Pie Crust

Most people are hesitant to make homemade pie crust. These days most people use pre-made pie crust. What if you had a super easy way to make a wonderful pie crust homemade pie crust ahead of time for your favorite Thanksgiving pie.

Let me know what you think of these Thanksgiving make-ahead recipes. I think that even one or two will make your Thanksgiving preparations easier.

Check out all these Thanksgiving recipes that can be made ahead:

I’d love to know what subjects you are most curious about. Let me know in the comments and I’ll search browse for them. Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas handy.

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make ahead Thanksgiving recipes

In between writing posts, listening to podcasts, reading, doing various blogging tasks, and walking Nola, I’ll be browsing away.

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