Prep now, eat later.
1. Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie
Since the base is ice cream, this is good to go weeks in advance. Get the recipe.
2. Apple, Cranberry & Walnut Salad with Homemade Vinaigrette
You can assemble both the salad and the dressing a few days ahead — just store them separately. Then slice the apples when you’re ready to eat. Get the recipe.
3. Bourbon & Sweet Potato Casserole
As a whole, casseroles generally tend to reheat well. But for this one, you’ll want to fry and add the bacon on top just before serving to ensure Peak Bacon Crispiness.™Get the recipe.
4. Oatmeal Cookies
Thanksgiving or not, a make-ahead cookie stockpile never hurt anyone. Get the recipe.
5. Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
6. Overnight Dinner Rolls
Prep these the night before, let them rise in the fridge, and bake just before the big meal. Get the recipe.
7. Lighter Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
This version uses reduced-fat cream cheese and sugar-free syrup. Get the recipe.
8. Butternut Squash Soup
This will stay fresh in the fridge for several days, or in the freezer for longer. Get the recipe.
9. Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
10. Caramel Apple Crumble Pie
Three cheers for any pie that takes all of five minutes to assemble. Get the recipe.
11. Slow Cooker Stuffing
Personally, I’m a huge fan of second-day stuffing — all the juices have absorbed and the end result is usually glorious. Start this recipe a few days in advance by leaving the bread out to dry, then fire up the slow cooker the night before Thanksgiving. Get the recipe.
12. The Pioneer Woman’s Pecan Pie
Step one: Bake the night before. Step two: Let the filling set overnight. Step three: Sneak a pre-turkey slice. Get the recipe.
14. Homemade Biscuits
Stacks on (make-ahead, sanity-saving) stacks. Get the recipe.
15. Turkey & Cheese Casserole
16. Make-Ahead Gravy
You don’t need an entire bird to make delicious gravy, either. This recipe uses inexpensive turkey (or chicken) wings and a bunch of aromatics. Instructions here.
17. Frozen Pumpkin Cheesecake
YES. Pumpkin cheesecake > pumpkin pie. Get the recipe.