Anytime we entertain, I usually like to look at our menu and decide what can I make in advance. Traditionally we have gone to a Turkey Jam at our workout facility on the morning of Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, that time is not used cooking last-minute sides. I thought I would share 30 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Sides and Desserts that have worked for our family and other food bloggers so you can eliminate the day of Thanksgiving cooking craziness.
For at least the last 15 of the 20 years I have been married I have hosted Thanksgiving at our house. I am not looking for sympathy just stating a fact. My husband and I love it and would not give it up for anything, we have gotten it down to a science until we switch up the meal.
Make Ahead Thanksgiving Sides and Desserts
SIDE NOTE ON COOKING TURKEY
While all these are great they may be the only thing you are eating if you don’t cook your turkey the right way. We went to the experts at Butterball to get their proper cooking times for your Thanksgiving Turkey. You don’t want to get anyone sick this Thanksgiving, especially if they are overnight guests!!
Baked Macaroni and Cheese, loaded with melty Vermont white cheddar. Around our parts, it's just not a holiday meal without it. And the make-ahead beauty of this tasty side is it's actually better if prepared the day ahead and refrigerated overnight before baking!
There are so many things to love about Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing and, in addition to the taste which is divine, it’s virtually effortless to make. Both the cornbread and the dressing can be made well ahead of the big day and frozen so that all you have to do is pop it in the oven
Ratatouille is a bounty of fresh vegetables roasted in a rich tomato sauce, delivering the most incredible side or main dish. Can be made ahead. This Ratatouille recipe is Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Paleo, Low Carb, Whole30, Keto, and Dairy Free…and yet fires on all cylinders! Everyone can enjoy it.
Make this ahead, freeze if desired, and warm for serving in a casserole dish in the oven or crock pot. Perfect for the hostess or to take along if traveling. (I have personally done both many times.) Being low carb and gluten free is an added bonus
These easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette can be made up to a few days in advance then just warmed that day. Make a little extra of the vinaigrette to drizzle right before serving.
This dinner roll recipe just might be my family’s most requested item. They are a staple at Thanksgiving dinner and pretty much every other special occasion where dinner rolls are appropriate. They can easily be made ahead of time and frozen
An important secret to getting through the holidays when you’re hosting is to make ahead when you can! These make ahead mashed potatoes can be prepared up to 2 days before which makes them perfect for holiday planning.
Classic Southern Sweet Potato Casserole can easily be made ahead - either a day or two and refrigerated, or several weeks and frozen. Loaded with creamy sweet potatoes and crumbly crunchy brown sugar-pecan topping, it's a classic holiday side dish for a reason - because it's just plain good.