Make-ahead Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas Thanksgiving dinner can easily spiral into a nightmare if you're trying to make too many dishes at one go. Cut yourself some slack by making some dishes ahead of the day. Once you get some of the...

Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas
Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Thanksgiving dinner can easily spiral into a nightmare if you're trying to make too many dishes at one go. Cut yourself some slack by making some dishes ahead of the day. Once you get some of the side dishes out of the way, you can devote your time to making the best turkey ever. Your guests will marvel at your efficiency and you'll save yourself some stress. Here are some make-ahead Thanksgiving dinner ideas:

Mashed Potato

Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potato is a staple of the Thanksgiving meal. However, it can take time to prepare. Make it a day ahead. Put it in a serving dish and refrigerate. When you're 20 minutes away from serving the Thanksgiving meal, pop it in the oven at bake it at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Pie

We all love pies and no auspicious occasion will do without them. The good news is that you can make your own pie crust and freeze it up to a month. Or buy ready-made. Just add your favorite filling: apple, pear, pecan, pumpkin and bake it to perfection.

Soup

A hearty, rich and autumn-inspired soup can pull the whole Thanksgiving dinner together. Whether you favor the traditional pumpkin soup, or a more soulful smoky winter squash soup or a light carrot soup, soup can be made a day or two ahead.

Salad

If you're leaning towards a medley of roasted fall vegetables such as pumpkin, squash, sweet potato and fennel, good for you. These vegetables roast well ahead of time and will keep its form and sweetness for a day or two. Warm it in the oven before serving. If you're thinking green salad,

no problem, just make dressing ahead of time and toss the greens with the dressing the day of.

Cranberry sauce
Cranberry sauce

 

Cranberry Sauce

Turkey and cranberry sauce go together like salsa and chips. Cranberry sauce will keep well for up to a week. Add your favorite twist--orange zest, ginger or chopped apple--sweetened with sugar and refrigerate.

Of course, you don't have to be made-from-scratch queen if you're not so inclined. You can also utilize any number of ready-made mixes or store-bought dishes that you can easily heat up or put together. For more Thanksgiving dinner ideas, feel free to visit us.