Take the stress out of your Thanksgiving preparations and savor the joy of a relaxed holiday with our Thanksgiving Make Ahead Recipes. Delight in the convenience of a well-planned feast, where you can enjoy more time with loved ones and less time in the kitchen. These recipes ensure that your Thanksgiving meal is not only delicious but also a seamless and memorable celebration.
Loaded Hash Brown Casserole
Loaded Hash Brown Casserole tastes just like a loaded baked potato! This easy recipe is packed with cheesy, bacon-filled flavor that’s perfect as a side or brunch entree.
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Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole
This green bean casserole in the air fryer is perfect for Thanksgiving, for Christmas or for making use out of leftover cheese sauce.
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Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls In The Air Fryer
Delicious Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls in the air fryer. Make ahead your own air fryer stuffing and then cook your homemade stuffing in the air fryer when you’re ready. Loaded with your favourite stuffing ingredients including butter, sausage meat and bread. This is a true family roast dinner favourite in our house.
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Cast Iron Macaroni & Cheese
As a self-proclaimed macaroni and cheese fanatic, I am excited to share my favorite cast iron skillet macaroni and cheese recipe. Tender elbow macaroni smothered in a rich, creamy sauce made from a blend of three different cheeses, perfectly seasoned with a hint of spice and topped with homemade garlic butter croutons for that irresistible crunch.
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Easy Creme Caramel
Crème Caramel is a smooth, creamy custard topped with rich molten caramel. It’s elegant enough for company and easy enough for everyday–a top contender for the perfect dessert.
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Classic Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Scalloped Potatoes are an easy potato side dish made with thinly sliced potatoes and onions layered in a homemade cream sauce and baked until golden and bubbly.
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Easy Maple Glazed Oven Roasted Carrots Recipe
Elevate whole carrots with this easy maple glazed roasted carrots recipe! The combination of roasted carrots with a maple syrup glaze brings a whole new level of sweet caramelization to carrots. Great for weeknight dinners, and fancy enough for holiday dinners
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Sweet Cornbread Recipe Cast Iron Skillet
Chilis, soups, and barbeques need this sweet cornbread cast iron skillet recipe! Baking in a hot cast-iron skillet gives each piece of cornbread crispy edges and the perfect tender crumb. This egg-free recipe is sweetened with just the right amount of maple syrup and coconut sugar – you’ll want to keep coming back for more once you try it!
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Sweet Potato Casserole
This paleo sweet potato casserole is made with zero refined sugar! Traditional sweet potato casserole adds loads of brown sugar, but not this one. Instead, we’re using the natural sweetness from sweet potato plus a little pure maple syrup (just 6 tbsp in the entire dish!).
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Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe
This simple savory mashed sweet potato makes a lovely vibrant side dish.
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Corn and Bean Salad Recipe
A simple quick corn and bean salad. It’s my go-to last-minute salad for a BBQ or tailgating party.
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Best Creamy Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Butter
These dreamy, creamy, whipped sweet potatoes are made with real butter and sage for the perfect easy and decadent side dish that pairs with various entrees. Like mashed sweet potatoes but with a silkier taste, this is an easy, make-ahead recipe for everyone.
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Make Ahead Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Learn how to make easy make-ahead mashed potatoes in the crock pot and take the stress out of holiday meal prep. It’s a snap when you know the simple steps and ingredients.
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Easy Seafood Salad Recipe for a Special Side Dish
Are you looking for a special side dish to go along with a celebratory meal? This recipe has been a tradition in our family for years. It always brings to mind memories of gatherings from the past and a few candlelit family dinners.
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Homemade Crescent Rolls
Light, soft, and fluffy homemade crescent rolls! Made with just a few simple ingredients, these dinner rolls are heavenly. Enjoy this utterly delicious dinner rolls warm out of the oven. Perfect to serve them for the holidays!
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Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake
Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake is smooth, and creamy, melt-in-mouth. It’s the perfect time of year for this moist, decadent cheesecake. In just 4 easy steps, make this flawless, crack-free cheesecake for this holiday and impress your loved ones.
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Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Homemade Cranberry Sauce is easy to make and tastes better than the store-bought! This cranberry sauce is flavorful, sweet, tart, and makes a perfect accompaniment to your holiday meals. Serve it with some classic holiday foods, or use it in your baked goods, with your favorite breakfast, as a topping on a cheesecake, or parfait.
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Mini Pie Crust Shells
These mini pie crust shells make the perfect bite sized mini pies. Fill them with savory fillings, and they’ll be the hit for your next cocktail party. Fill the shells with sweet fillings, and you have mini dessert cups.
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Cranberry Sauce from Dried Cranberries
Read on to learn all about cranberries and the key recipe tips and tricks. Or grab a small pot, hit that Jump to Recipe button, and let’s make a cranberry sauce with dried cranberries!
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Super Easy Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce
This sugar-free cranberry sauce is the perfect addition to your low-carb Holiday dinner. Made with fresh cranberries and natural sweeteners, this healthy whole berry cranberry sauce takes only minutes to make and is so delicious!
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A Zesty Spaghetti Squash Salad Even Squash Haters Love
This Spaghetti Squash Salad is tossed in a zesty dressing for an easy healthy side dish that’s a cinch to make and guaranteed to please. It tastes great warm or cold–perfect for a dinner side, or to take along to a picnic or potluck. Really anything goes!
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Moroccan Carrot Salad – Delicious Make-ahead Side Dish
This Moroccan Carrot Salad is the solution the same old side dishes and spending all day in the kitchen. It’s spiced just right and is the perfect easy side dish for every day, but great for special occasions too.
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Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Homemade sour cream mashed potatoes are a delicious side dish to serve with all kinds of beef, chicken or fish. Perfectly creamy and rich, these simple mashed potatoes are sure to be a family favorite on the weeknights, or a hit at your holiday table!
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Vegan Sweet Potato Ice Cream
This Sweet Potato Ice Cream is the perfect easy fall dessert! This creamy ice cream is the best way to sneak some extra veggies into your diet. It has the perfect rich texture an sweet flavor and it’s made with clean and simple ingredients.
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Pumpkin Spice Infused Maple Syrup
This Pumpkin Spice Maple Syrup is the perfect fall infusion. This delicious infusion incorporates a variety of delicious warming autumn spices into pure maple syrup, which makes this the perfect healthy simple syrup for your homemade pumpkin spice lattes or a fantastic gift for fall.
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These creamy, velvety, and oh-so-buttery Scalloped Potatoes will become the little black dress of your dinner table! Fabulous enough for a holiday party and easy enough for a weeknight meal, you should definitely keep this luscious Scalloped Potato recipe front and center in your arsenal.
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Chestnut Stuffing Recipe
Chestnut Stuffing is made with bread, onions, celery, fresh sage, parsley, and rich chestnuts for a unique flavor. It is fragrant, flavorful, and vegetarian, with the option to add fennel or salty pancetta, sausage, or bacon. While you can use it to stuff the turkey for a classic approach, it’s exceptional baked separately in a baking dish, too.
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Mashed Potato Casserole
This make-ahead loaded mashed potato casserole has everything you want in a potato dish. Creamy layers covered with toppings make a delicious and irresistible side dish that will make everyone ask for seconds. Not to mention, it makes a wonderful side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any night in between.
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Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls
These soft and fluffy 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls are the perfect from-scratch baked good for your holiday table or a Sunday Supper. We love the pillowy soft texture and classic sweet buttery taste. You’d never guess that they are made without refined flour or sugar!
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Easy Brown Rice Salad With Cranberries And Orange
This Easy Brown Rice Salad has fresh oranges, dried cranberries and toasted nuts. It is the perfect make-ahead side dish for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas or any festive occasion.
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Wild Rice Salad
Here is my very best Wild Rice Salad recipe made with oranges, dried cranberries, apricots and avocado. It is a delicious make-ahead side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah (or any celebration really!) It’s naturally vegan friendly (just see the notes below) and it goes well with pork, fish and roasted meats.
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Napa Cabbage Ramen Noodle Salad
This simple chilled Cabbage Ramen Noodle Salad with carrots, scallions and toasted almonds is made with crunchy uncooked ramen noodles, Napa cabbage and an easy Asian-inspired soy sesame dressing. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and is the ideal recipe to serve at potlucks, picnics and cookouts!
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When I say Jello, you say Salad! 🙂 Friends, we’re taking you back in time today…way back! We’re making Jello Salad! A simple, sweet treat and potluck classic. This recipe has been popular for many years; maybe because it’s a simple, inexpensive dessert that can feed a large group. Or maybe it’s because it’s so good that family and friends are always asking for it. Either way we couldn’t wait to share our version with you. Keep reading for all the deets!
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Mulled White Wine
This warming mulled white wine incorporates everything we love about its classic red counterpart but maintains a lighter body that’s perfect for simmering away with citrus, honey, and deep, aromatic spices. It’s a crisper, lighter option that still hugs on to mulled wine’s cozy appeal.
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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
The beauty of this vibrant beet and goat cheese salad is in the medley of contrasting textures and flavors. The crisp fresh greens meet the creaminess of the goat cheese, which mingles with the sweet and earthy beets, the crunch of the walnuts. And guess what? It’s not just delicious, it’s also healthy! We’ve decided: you SHOULD make friends with salad!
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Holiday Roasted Vegetables
These holiday roasted vegetables are an easy and festive side dish. Brussels sprouts, bacon, cranberries, and pecans are drizzled in maple syrup and then oven-roasted until golden. It couldn’t be an easier dish to make, and it’s ready in just an hour!
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Green Beans with Bacon and Boursi
These green beans with bacon are the best ever! They’re cooked until crisp-tender then tossed with crispy bacon and Boursin cheese, which melt onto the beans to make them extra delicious. It’s a quick and easy side dish everyone loves!
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Pretty Sweet Potato Casserole with Peppery Pecan Toppin
Pretty sweet potato casserole is an impressive, easy, and healthy side recipe that’s ideal for your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday dinners. The sweet potatoes are shingled (sliced thin) then stacked in a casserole dish with a little maple syrup poured over the top. Once they’re soft and a little crispy at their edges, you sprinkle some peppery pecans over top and it’s ready to serve.
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Hot Crab Artichoke Dip Recipe
Hot Crab Artichoke Dip in Mini Bread Bowls are an easy and delicious snack perfect for all your holiday or entertaining needs. Filled with artichoke, spinach, lump crab meat, and cheese, guests will love the fun and delicious cheesy flavor of this crab artichoke dip.
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Cranberry Rice Pilaf
This Cranberry Rice Pilaf is an easy side dish that’s perfect for the holiday season! The rice mixture combined with deliciously tart cranberries and fresh herbs is packed with so much flavor.
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Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe
This easy vegetarian Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe is made with healthy veggies like zucchini and spinach, creamy roasted butternut squash, and gooey melted cheese. One of my most popular recipes, this is one lasagna recipe you’ll want to make again and again!
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Oven Roasted Delicata Squash Recip
This Oven Roasted Delicata Squash Recipe is roasted with sweet maple syrup, butter, and sprinkled with ground cinnamon for a flavorful autumn side dish everyone will love. Gluten-free, vegetarian, and completely delicious, try serving this easy maple roasted delicata squash recipe with chicken, pork, or alongside this year’s Thanksgiving dinner.
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This delicious Zucchini Casserole is a cheesy, creamy, and comforting side dish made with fresh zucchini and yellow squash, mayonnaise, sour cream, panko breadcrumbs, and lots of cheese. It’s so easy to make and pairs perfectly with all your dinnertime favorites like chicken, beef, or fish.
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The Best Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe
Turkey Tetrazzini is a creamy, comforting, crowd-pleasing pasta casserole and a delicious way to use leftover turkey. Made with chunks of leftover turkey and spaghetti noodles in a creamy mushroom and cheese sauce, it’s an easy weeknight meal the whole family will love!
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Karen Kelly, a food and travel writer, is the founder of Seasonal Cravings. She is also a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the AP Wire and MSN.