Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Save time and stress on Thanksgiving day by choosing a menu with several dishes that can be made well in advance. These holiday recipes all can be made several days ahead of time.

Cranberries with Port
This delicious cranberry sauce is a simple, luscious side that can be prepared a day ahead. See the recipe for Cranberries with Port »Richard Ross
Whole Cranberry Sauce
Whole Cranberry Sauce
See the RecipeVanessa Rees
Lemon and Coriander Marinated Olives
Chunks of lemon and cracked coriander seeds lend a bright flavor to these earthy olives. See the recipe for Lemon and Coriander Marinated Olives »André Baranowski
Potato-Celeriac Gratin
Comte or Emmentaler cheese, celeriac (also known as celery root), and tomatoes are combined with sliced potatoes and creme fraiche for this sumptuous gratin. This recipe is an adaptation of one in Patricia Wells's cookbook Bistro Cooking (Ted Smart, 1999). See the recipe for Potato-Celeriac Gratin »Larry Nighswander
See the RecipeBen Fink
Boiled Beets with Tarragon Butter
Fresh dill or mint may be substituted for tarragon. See the Boiled Beets with Tarragon Butter RecipeBen Fink
Jessica's Spiced Pecans
These fragrant, skillet-roasted pecans get their earthy, spicy bite from rosemary, Spanish smoked paprika, and chili powder.Landon Nordeman
See the RecipeAndré Baranowski
Classic Apple Pie
Classic Apple Pie
Simple and delicious, this recipe brings out the sweet flavor of the apples.James Oseland
Olive Oil Marinated Goat Cheese
When baked, these marinated cheeses are great spread on crusty bread or served with a tart, rustic salad. The marinade can be reused or whisked into a vinaigrette. See the Olive Oil Marinated Goat Cheese recipe »Todd Coleman
Salata Adas (Garlicky Lentil Salad)
Salata Adas (Garlicky Lentil Salad)
This light, Lebanese lentil salad is flavored with lemon juice, cumin, allspice, and parsley.Todd Coleman
Red Cabbage Gratin
Red Cabbage Gratin
A lightly-spiced and creamy cabbage casserole is baked with a crunchy breadcrumb and Parmesan topping.Todd Coleman
Cheese Straws
Serve these clever little appetizers instead of bread at lunchtime or for supper.Todd Coleman
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Cheesy Corn Casserole
Cheesy Corn Casserole
This baked corn casserole is a popular side dish at Smokestack restaurant in Kansas City.Todd Coleman
cauliflower salad
See the RecipeTodd Coleman
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble
Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble
This sweet potato casserole is an especially festive, over-the-top take on the Thanksgiving classic, topped with a crisp pecan crumble and dotted with marshmallows.Todd Coleman
Creamed Onion Gratin
Creamed Onion Gratin
Sweet, translucent roasted onions marry beautifully with bechamel and Gorgonzola in this rich casserole.Todd Coleman
Cranberry-Ginger Chutney
This sophisticated take on cranberry sauce, laced with spices and plenty of fresh ginger, gets a boost from chopped celery and tart apples. See the recipe for Cranberry-Ginger Chutney »Todd Coleman
Potato and Rutabaga Gratin
Potato and Rutabaga Gratin
Earthy rutabagas and aged Gruyere add intrigue to a classic potato gratin.Todd Coleman
Winter Squash and Apple Soup
Winter Squash and Apple Soup
A garnish of fried mushrooms and a drizzle of spiced mint butter adds elegance to a simple pureed vegetable soup.Todd Coleman
Pumpkin Pie with Brown Sugar-Pecan Crust
Pumpkin Pie with Brown Sugar-Pecan Crust
The crust is made with raw pecans, a flavorful counterpoint to the traditional spiced filling. Plus, this pie is naturally gluten-free.Anna Stockwell
Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie
Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie
A crust of finely ground gingersnap cookie crumbs adds delicious crunch to vanilla ice cream, softened apples, and a caramel drizzle.Maxime Iattoni
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Pie
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Pie
This pie packs in all the spicy sweetness of your traditional pumpkin pie, with the added bonus of a creamy pumpkin ice cream filling.Maxime Iattoni
Roasted Pumpkin Pie
Roasted Pumpkin Pie
Roasting the pumpkin will add sweetness and rich flavor to this holiday favorite.Todd Coleman
Roasted Vegetable Terrine
Roasted Vegetable Terrine
Our colorful vegetarian take on terrine features smoky roasted vegetables, tangy goat cheese, and a sun-dried tomato pesto.Helen Rosner
Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon and Pineapple
Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon and Pineapple
A variation of traditional sweet potato casserole gets its depth of flavor from bourbon and pineapple.Anna Stockwell
Kale and Sweet Potato Gratin
Kale and Sweet Potato Gratin
Don't limit traditional pie spices—clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg—to the dessert table. In this cheesy, rich gratin, the spices take a savory note alongside kale, sweet potatoes, and sharp white cheddar.Maxime Iattoni