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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


Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie by Stacy Blair 


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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