Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Recipes

Relieve the stress of entertaining over the holiday season with our selection of Thanksgiving make-ahead recipes that will keep the whole family happy.

Thanksgiving Make-Ahead: Mashed Potatoes

You can make your mashed potatoes up to two days ahead of time. Cool them and then simply store in an airtight container in the fridge. When you are ready to serve, put the mashed potatoes in a pan with a small amount of milk or cream. Warm up over a low heat, continually stirring to avoid any of the potatoes becoming burnt.

Thanksgiving Make-Ahead: Cranberry Sauce

If you like to make cranberry sauce, you can cool, cover and chill it for up to a week before serving. This is great if you want to get everything prepared the weekend before Thanksgiving. It also means that you have cranberry sauce on hand if it is required as an ingredient for any of the other cooking preparations. Of course, you can buy cranberry sauce, but it is a nice relaxing activity to make your own and can be a great task for kids as long as they are careful about the heat.

Thanksgiving Make-Ahead: Dinner Rolls

When making bread, there are several ways to make it ahead to reduce the amount that you need to do on the day. You can make and shape the dough into rolls, or even a loaf if that’s what you prefer, and then cover it and chill. This will stop the dough from rising. You can then take them from the fridge when you are ready to let them rise. This can take around 3 hours, and then they will be ready to bake.

Alternatively, prove and bake your dough ahead of time and freeze the rolls. Then you’ll simply need to remove them from the freezer the evening before ready to eat for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Make-Ahead: Pie!

Whatever pie your family holds dear as their favorite, there are ways to make them ahead so that you can take your time over the sweet treats. You can make the crust ahead of time and chill it for 2 days before use. You could also make the filling and store it in an airtight container, ready for assembly the night before. Making your pies the day before means that they can simply sit in the refrigerator ready to be warmed when the time comes to eat them.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our selection of Thanksgiving make-ahead recipes and they have given you some inspiration to help you prepare over the next week. Let us know how you get ahead in the comments!

We’ve made entertaining a crowd easier than ever this year with our Thanksgiving Menu Collection. It contains a Troyer’s Trail Bologna Ring, Cheddar Cheese, Cranberry Delight Mix, Shisler’s Private Label Apple Butter, Pumpkin Muffin Mix, and Uncle Ozgood’s Popcorn on the Cob. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and you can use the pumpkin muffin mix for another great Thanksgiving make-ahead that will save you time when your guests arrive.

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