All Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

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  • Easy Turkey Brine Recipe
    15 min
    This simple turkey brine is infused with sage and citrus and makes a super moist, flavorful Thanksgiving turkey! Brine for 12 to 24 hours before cooking.
  • Best ever dry brined turkey after roasting
    2 hrs, 15 min
    Gluten-Free, Paleo
    Want the most perfectly moist, flavorful, and juicy Thanksgiving turkey? Try dry-brining! All you do is rub the turkey with salt and let it hang out in the fridge for 24 to 72 hours. No muss, no fuss. The best turkey you'll ever eat will soon be yours!
  • Make Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows
    1 hr
    Sweet potato casserole topped with gooey marshmallows! Have you ever made this holiday classic? You should! Roast the potatoes first—it deepens their flavor and makes them easy to peel. Easy to make ahead, too!
  • Turkey Chili ready to serve
    1 hr, 30 min
    Gluten-Free
    Easy Turkey Chili, great for turkey leftovers! With shredded turkey meat, kidney beans, onion, garlic, tomatoes and chili.
  • Duchess Potatoes
    55 min
    Gluten-Free
    Classic Duchess potatoes, mashed with butter, nutmeg and cream, then baked until the tops are golden brown.
  • Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
    1 hr, 25 min
    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
    Don't stress over mashed potatoes, make them ahead! These extra-rich make-ahead mashed potatoes can be kept refrigerated or frozen, and then reheated when you're ready to eat.
  • Cider Roasted Root Vegetables
    1 hr, 5 min
    Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
    Beautiful roasted root vegetables—garnet yams, parsnips, carrots, beets—tossed in an apple cider vinaigrette and roasted until tender and caramelized.
  • Holiday Spiced Sweet Potatoes
    1 hr, 7 min
    Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
    Mashed sweet potato yams with butter, brown sugar, and holiday spices. Perfect for Thanksgiving!
  • Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Bake
    1 hr, 10 min
    Vegetarian
    Simple EASY butternut squash, apple, and cranberry bake recipe! Perfect for a holiday feast.
  • Classic Green Bean Casserole
    1 hr, 5 min
    Classic green bean casserole with fried onion topping, from scratch! Easy to make ahead. So much better than canned!
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Sauté
    50 min
    Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
    Great side dish for the holidays! Roasted cubes of butternut squashed tossed with balsamic sautéed onions, kale, pecans, dried cranberries.
  • Easy Pecan Pie Bars
    1 hr, 35 min
    Pecan Pie Bars are easy to make for the holidays, easy to transport, and even easier to eat. They're just like pecan pie, but no need for the knife and fork!
  • How to Make Chocolate Cream Pie
    5 hrs, 13 min
    Chocolate, pudding, and pie—the best of all possible worlds! This easy, make-ahead pudding pie sets up in a few hours in the fridge, just in time for dessert.
  • Scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream topped with caramel sauce in a bowl
    45 min
    Gluten-Free
    This homemade vanilla ice cream is made with a custard base, sugar, cream, and real vanilla beans. So classic and so good! Serve it topped with caramel sauce or alongside a slice of apple pie.
  • Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing
    1 hr, 25 min
    Gluten-Free, Paleo
    Gluten-free and Paleo Thanksgiving stuffing! Sweet potatoes, ground pork, and onions with a crunchy nut topping. Make-ahead!
  • Apple Slab Pie
    2 hrs
    Apple Slab Pie! The perfect dessert for a crowd, plus more flaky crust in every bite. Use a mix of apples for best flavor. Great for apple-picking parties, Thanksgiving, or holiday gatherings.
  • Glazed Carrots in the Slow Cooker
    10 min
    Vegetarian
    Put your slow cooker to work during the holidays and make these Honey-Dijon Glazed Carrots! This is a blissfully hands-off side dish when you're busy doing other things in the kitchen.
  • Coconut Banana Cream Pie
    1 hr, 10 min
    Coconut Banana Cream Pie! Two great pies, combined in one. Graham cracker crust, creamy coconut custard, ripe bananas, and whipped cream topping.

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