31 Time-Saving Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make Days Ahead of Time
I’m just gonna say it: Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is tiring. From roasting the turkey to preparing a slew of everyone’s favorite sides — and baking at least a pie or two — you’re usually exhausted by the time you sit down at the table. Thankfully, you can make the mega-meal less daunting by getting a head-start on the chopping, sautéing, and baking.
Chip away at some of the dishes in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and once the holiday arrives, the rest of the cooking will seem totally manageable. Just remember to save some oven space for cooking and reheating! To help you get going, here are 31 of our best make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes.
While you might not be able to roast a whole turkey ahead of time, you can make plenty of holiday-worthy mains before Thanksgiving.
You can prepare plenty of delicious side recipes partially or completely ahead of time.
Gravy and Cranberry Sauce
Of course you want to serve top-tier condiments on the Thanksgiving table, but that doesn’t mean you need to stir a pot while simultaneously checking your turkey’s temperature. In fact, you can get going on gravy and cranberry sauce way in advance.
In addition to classic Thanksgiving pies like pumpkin and pecan, you can also whip up cheesecake and pie bars before Turkey Day.