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Make Ahead Recipes for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving day can be hectic while trying to get all your food ready for your meal. Between hungry football fans, the turkey that will never cook, and someone always forgetting to bring a dish, having some recipes to make ahead of time is a saver. Make ahead recipes allow for you to plan your meal strategically and not spend all day cooking and doing dishes. Check out some of these great recipes that hold up well in your fridge and make them ahead of time! No more cooking in a frenzy!

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole with Bacon

Krystle of Baking Beauty has a great potato filled side for you that you can bake ahead of time to save oven space for your tukey! Her side dish is filled with creamy mashed potatoes, cheddar, cheese, and of course, bacon! To make a crispy topping, Krystle combines panko, bacon, scallions, and more cheese! Bake this baby up!

sweet potato casserole with marshmallow pecan streusel

Photo: Allison/Celebrating Sweets

Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow and Pecan Streusel

It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving meal without a sweet potato casserole. To spice up this dish with a modern spin, Allison from Celebrating Sweets adds a delicious pecan streusel crumble to top it off. Her base is made with a mashed sweet potatoes that have cinnamon, milk, brown sugar, and a pumpkin spice blend. To top it off she adds marshmallows that melt in the oven and a delicious streusel.

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Photo: Lisa/Wine and Glue

Make Ahead Stuffing

Aside from turkey, stuffing is the second most important dish at the meal. But stuffing can be time consuming and with the turkey taking up most of the oven time, having to cook both dishes in one day can be a tough balancing act. To help ease the stress, check out this great make ahead stuffing recipe from Lisa of Wine and Glue. Filled with cheese, sausage, and crusty french bread- you can’t go wrong with this classic!


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  • Reply Jerry May 16, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Posts like this brhgtien up my day. Thanks for taking the time.

    • Reply Hannah Bertiger May 16, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      We are so happy to hear Jerry! We’ll keep ’em coming!

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