PART OF Thanksgiving

38 Best Thanksgiving Recipes to Make Ahead of Time

Alleviate Thanksgiving day stress by preparing the best of our make-ahead holiday dishes to save you time and oven space - all you have to do is focus on serving a turkey your whole family is thankful for!

Crunchy Apple Pie

"The taste of this lived up to my expectations of just how good it would be. The filling was just the right sweetness and the streusel topping was fantastic. I loved it so much that I have requested it for my birthday too. This is by far my favorite apple pie!"

-Marie Nixon

Caramelized Onion-Cranberry Cream Cheese Bites

"Bite-sized hors d'oeuvres combine cream cheese spread, whole grain crackers and a cranberry topping for a yummy salty and sweet treat."


Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Stuffing

"This was voted the best part of our Thanksgiving dinner. I used it as actual stuffing but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. Making it a day before was a good idea. We've been looking for a perfect stuffing and thanks to you we've found it!"


Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes

"These are fantastic! What a great idea. Now I have my freezer stocked with a delicious, easy side when I need it."

-Q As Mom

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

"Thick, creamy, cheesy, moist! I highly recommend this to any cheese lover. It's a dream come true and we will be cooking it for many years to come."


Stuffed Mushrooms With Cream Cheese & Sausage

"So delicious! I love mushrooms, and this simple recipe makes them taste so good. Meaty and juicy on the outside, creamy on the inside."

-Poor College Student

Mixed Vegetable Casserole

"A wonderfully versatile and delicious recipe that makes including plenty of vegetables in one's diet all the easier."

-bluemoon downunder

Cranberry Sauce

"Easy and fast cranberry sauce that beats canned every time. Orange juice adds a zest to it.”

-Karen from Colorado

Sweet Potato Casserole

"This is an amazing recipe and we never tire of it. Every thanksgiving and special meals throughout the year. I never skimp on the topping - it's the best part. It's like a crumble crust on top!"


Autumn Creamy Pumpkin Pie Dip

"This was excellent. Being diabetic, I love finding a recipe that is so easy to lower sugar intake. Huge hit! Definitely will be making this one again."

-Lightly Toasted

Pecan-Stuffed Mushrooms

"These are little bites of heaven, and a great dish to prepare ahead of time!"


Pecan Pie Cheesecake

"Love this decadent merge of two family favorites!"

-Elaine M

Garlic Cream Cheese Corn

"Great side dish. Easy to put together and a good option for something a little different on a busy week night! Loved the cream cheese garlic combo."


Overnight Praline Sticky Buns

A delicious and decadent pastry for your Thanksgiving table.

Cheese-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

"Tangy cheese and sweet potato are a lovely combination of flavors, and this is really easy!"

-Jenny Midget

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

"The flavor and texture of this gravy turned out perfect. This really saved me a lot of time in the kitchen last minute before trying to put the holiday meal on the table!"


Bread Pudding

"If you don't have stale bread, like me, you can tear up the fresh bread and dry it out in a preheated 325 degree oven for about 18 to 20 minutes."

-Jonathan Melendez

Make-Ahead Pumpkin Pie

"Nice spice flavor without being overpowering, delicious served with a dollop of plain whipped cream. Looking forward to trying a piece (or two) tomorrow."


Seasoned Green Beans

"These are super! A healthy, and fast vegetable side dish. Everyone loved them, including the kids."


Cornbread Casserole

An easy crowd-pleaser for your holiday meal!

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Muffins

"Chocolate and cranberries - who would have known this was a mix made in heaven?"


Pumpkin Cream Cheese Roll

"Excellent recipe and very good! If you have extra batter, they make great cupcakes with the cream cheese filling used as the icing."

-Cindy S

Oven-Baked Mushroom Stuffing

"Yum, this is a fantastic stuffing. I used portobello mushrooms and they had an amazing taste and texture. I'd definitely have it again."

-California Jan

Mini Pumpkin Pies

"Loved this recipe! They come out so nice. This is ideal for the 2 of us and no more wasted whole pies. Just love the individual pie concept."

-Chef KLC

Southern Buttermilk Biscuits

"Super easy to whip up and they're buttery and flakey. We topped ours with some Everything Bagel seasoning from Trader Joe's!"

-Lyndsay R

Stuffing Balls

"Adjust the seasonings to suit your tastes. Add one cup chopped apples, raisins, or cranberries for a fruit stuffing, or add one cup of chopped walnuts or pecans. The variations are endless."


Green Bean Casserole

"This is the recipe I go to when making green bean casserole, except I add a couple of dashes of soy sauce. The addition of that makes all the difference."


Danish Braid

"This is amazing. This is my first stab ever at a pastry, and with this recipe I feel I have nothing to be ashamed of. To my delight, it came out as flaky and airy as I could have wished."


Bread Stuffing

"The cranberries, apples, rye bread, and onions really balance this stuffing out to be just perfect."

-Andi LongMeadow Farm

Spinach Balls

"My mom has made these since I was little, and now I am the one to make them every Thanksgiving. I absolutely love these and everyone scarfed them down!"


Chocolate Carrot Cake Roll

This delicious and inventive holiday treat combines both chocolate and carrot cake.

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

"This turned out so great for us. It was convenient and quite tasty (and no leftovers, so I know it went over well with everyone). I made this dish for Thanksgiving this year. It traveled well and heated up nicely when it was time to get dinner on the table!"


Curried Cauliflower Casserole

"This is my new comfort food. So much better than mac and cheese in my opinion. Love, love, love!"


Cottage Pie

"This dish was great. I just have to give it five stars; it is easy, inexpensive, and tasty! I used homemade mashed potatoes and I put a handful of shredded cheddar into the potatoes, then a little more on top."


Creamy Broccoli Casserole

"This was fabulous. Everyone asked for the recipe in addition to wanting to take home their share of the leftovers. I made it almost two days ahead and it was still great. It looked so good coming out of the oven I practically had to fight the family off with a spatula."


Make-Ahead Bisquick Sausage Ball Appetizers

"I love the idea that you can freeze them and bake them later. It makes for a quick, easy appetizer."

-Lucky Clover

Freezer Dinner Rolls

"Made life so much simpler having the rolls premade and ready to pop in the oven while the turkey was carved and the taters mashed."


Cranberry Relish Recipe

"I love this dish. It is great as a side, and makes a great spread for sandwiches!"

-John B.