Make Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes

There’s no need to stress about Thanksgiving dinner when you have these easy make-ahead Thanksgiving side dish recipes up your sleeve.

A lot of times when you make a dish in advance, the flavor just isn’t the same. Not true with these make ahead Thanksgiving side dishes. These recipes were specifically designed to be made in advance, and, in fact, many taste better than if they were served right away. Indeed, the resting and the chilling actually improve these Thanksgiving side dishes.

And the best part is there’s no need to stray from tradition. These make ahead Thanksgiving side dishes include all of your Thanksgiving favorites:

Best Stuffing Recipe – Apples and dried cranberries give this stuffing a punch of sweet flavor. Walnuts would also make this stuffing terrific. To make this recipe in advance, just prepare as directed. When you’re ready to reheat, place the stuffing in your slow cooker, and set it to low for 1-2 hours.

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes – Everybody thinks you should make mashed potatoes at the last minute, but they actually stay hotter and get creamier if you make them in advance. This recipe can be made with nonfat or full-fat cream cheese. Your call.

Cranberry Sauce Recipe – It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce. And this version is so easy, you’ll wonder why you ever bought the kind in a can. Make this cranberry sauce up to a week ahead of Thanksgiving.

Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese – Everybody loves scalloped potatoes, and this recipe is lower in fat than most versions. Prepare the recipe as directed, but don’t bake. Cover and refrigerate overnight, then bring the scalloped potatoes to room temperature before baking as directed.

Green Bean Casserole Recipe – You can prepare this dish exactly as directed, then cool and refrigerate up to three days before Thanksgiving. When ready to serve, bring to room temperature and heat in a 325-degree oven for 20 minutes or until hot all the way through.

Cornbread – This sweet buttermilk cornbread is a classic Thanksgiving side dish in the South. And it’s a perfect make-ahead Thanksgiving side dish recipe.

Cranberry Jello Salad Recipe – This Jello is a classic at many Thanksgiving tables, and it’s easy to see why. It looks great on the table, tastes great and can (and should) be made in advance.

Cool Whip Jello Recipe – This Jello recipe was invented by my aunt, who brought it to every holiday. It’s light and creamy and the perfect palate-cleanser at Thanksgiving dinner.

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