21 Make-Ahead Side Dishes for Thanksgiving

Save your sanity on Thanksgiving Day by having a few of these make-ahead sides at the ready.

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

"This recipe is excellent! I make it every Thanksgiving."


Sweet Potato Souffle

"Being from Louisiana, this definitely passes the comfort food test with flying stars! I cook this every Thanksgiving for my family."


Creamy Macaroni & Cheese

"This recipe is unbelievable! It is like little bites of heaven. I will be recommending to all of my friends and family."

-Chef #1554474

Cheese-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

"These easily portable potatoes can be prepared ahead of time and are ready-to-eat after a quick reheat."


Pecan-Stuffed Mushrooms

"These mushrooms were little bites of heaven! I added a small handful of gorgonzola before stuffing the mushrooms. This was a great make-ahead recipe."


Cornbread Casserole

With both cornbread mix and creamed corn, this'll definitely be the softest cornbread you've ever baked.

Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes

"These were so light, fluffy and a huge time-saver. Making the potatoes ahead and having them ready to go made everyone very happy."

-Lucky in Bayview

Cranberry Sauce

"My daughter made this sauce for Thanksgiving and it was a real hit. The tangy and sweet combination tastes even better after a couple of days so it could be prepared ahead of time."


Seasoned Green Beans

"A healthy, fast, freezer-friendly vegetable side dish. These are super. Everyone loved them, including the kids."


Spinach Balls

"These were great. My teenagers even liked them. I made the balls ahead of time and baked them a few minutes before serving."


Oyster Dressing for Patty Shells

"This recipe is older than my grandma. Freezable, too!"


Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

"This worked out wonderfully for us at Thanksgiving. What a great idea and saves so much time the day of!"

-Linda's Busy Kitchen

Creamy Ranch Mashed Potatoes

"So yummy! I think these potatoes will be the 'regular' from now on! I love the that these can be made ahead...GREAT!"


Creamy Broccoli Casserole

"So creamy and tasty! I had rice with the dish for supper last night, and I was full and satisfied."


Freezer Dinner Rolls

"These came together FAST. I baked six of them for supper, and they were wonderful. Soft and delicious."

-Mama's Kitchen (Hope)

Freezable Quick Cheese Biscuits

"These biscuits were great. They were very easy to make and would complement any dish perfectly."


Butternut Squash & Parmesan Gratin

"Can I give this recipe 10 stars? It is absolutely delicious. I loved the contrast of flavors and textures."


Maple-Glazed Carrots

"My family wanted a new side dish for Thanksgiving and this fit the bill. They were easy and delicious — my favorite kind of recipe."

-The Happy Housewife

Crescent Roll Dough

"Exactly what I was looking for! The perfect crescent roll recipe for the bread machine. This was scrumptious!"


Freezable Baked Potatoes

"This was an excellent way to make freezable baked potatoes. They heat up well in the microwave and the flavors blend so well together."


Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

"These are my all-time favorite mashed potatoes! I would have never thought to use cream cheese, but it went so well."