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9 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes

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Whether it's hosting a houseful of guests or cooking a feast for a select, lucky few, Thanksgiving is inevitably a busy, food-filled day. And we think it should be enjoyable, as opposed to anxiety-provoking—say, from waiting around until 9 pm for the turkey to reach temperature (if it happens, just have a steady stream of this flowing).

So let's clear out some freezer and fridge space and plan ahead to get a few sides out of the way—letting the bird take up as much time as it likes. You'll wake up on T-Day with time to watch that new balloon in the parade and mentally stretch to the Rockettes' high kicks.

Sour Cream Dinner Rolls by AntoniaJames

Sour Cream Dinner Rolls on Food52

Josh Besh's Green Olive Tapenade by Merrill Stubbs

Josh Besh's Green Olive Tapenade on Food52


Parsnip and Potato Mash by Merrill Stubbs

Parsnip and Potato Mash on Food52


Spinach Gratin by Lizthechef

Spinach Gratin on Food52


Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry by Merrill Stubbs

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup on Food52 

April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing by Genius Recipes

Lemon Caper Dressing on Food52

Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout, and Bread Stuffing with Apples by Gena Hamshaw

Squash, Brussels Sprout and Bread Stuffing on Food52

Canal House's Cranberry-Port Gelée by Genius Recipes

Cranberry-Port Gelee on Food52


Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise by Merrill Stubbs

Spiced Pecan Pie on Food52

Tell us your favorite make-ahead holiday dishes in the comments. 

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