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13 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes To Save Your Sanity

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There are some dishes that have be made on Thanksgiving day. Turkey cannot be roasted—or deep fried—ahead of time, mashed potatoes will not stay fluffy, and Pot-Stuck Brussels Sprouts will not remain crisp. To help you deal with the stress of T-Day and keep everything running smoothly, we've compiled a list of recipes that can be made (or their components prepared) a day, a couple of days, or even a week ahead of time. So take a deep breath: Thanksgiving just got a whole lot easier. 

A Day Ahead

Northern Spy's Kale Salad by Genius Recipes

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie by Stacy Blair 

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A Few Days Ahead

Chevre Devils by gingerroot

 

Homemade Cranberry Jelly, In a Can by Carey Nershi 

More: You can make this entire menu ahead of time (really).

 

Sour Cream Dinner Rolls by AntoniaJames

 

Leek and Greens Tart with Cornmeal Crust by fiveandspice

 

Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze by Merrill Stubbs

 

Whenever You Want

Little Mushroom Pinwheels by inpatskitchen

 

Creamy Carrot Ginger Bisque with Cashew Cream by Gena Hamshaw

 

Tuscan Onion Confit by Merrill Stubbs

 

Cardamom Currant Snickerdoodles by fiveandspice

 

 

Cook's Illustrated's Foolproof Pie Crust by Genius Recipes

 

Apple Peel Bourbon by Marian Bull 

What's your Thanksgiving-prep plan of action? Give us the run-through (and any tips!) in the comments.


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