Make Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes

These make ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes will give you a head start and help ease pre-meal craziness.  Once you have planned out what kind of turkey you will make, you will love adding these Thanksgiving side dishes to your meal plan that you can plan to make ahead of time to cook less and enjoy more on Thanksgiving Day!

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes – The perfect creamy mashed potatoes can be made ahead of time to help make the meal even easier to make! Via Before Mashed Potatoes – Creamy mashed potatoes that are made the day before and can be reheated in the crock pot or in the oven. Via

Grandma Betty’s Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes – These can be made weeks ahead of a big dinner and stuck in the freezer. On a busy holiday just pull these out and pop them in the oven. No one will ever know that you made these ahead. They are creamy and fluffy and so delicious. Via

Make-Ahead Sweet Potatoes Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole – Sweet potatoes take a swim with half and half, vanilla and brown sugar before being mashed together. They’re then topped with marshmallows – because they’re required! – and pecan streusel before being baked to perfection. Via

Sweet Potato Casserole with Oat Streusel – Made with rich mashed roasted sweet potatoes and a delicious crunchy brown sugar oat streusel. Sweet potatoes are one of our favorite side dishes for Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect slightly sweet and crunchy dish to complement Thanksgiving dinner. Via

Make-Ahead Stuffing Cornbread Stuffing – Get an early start on Thanksgiving dinner with this deliciously savory make-ahead cornbread stuffing! Via’s Classic Make-Ahead Bread Stuffing Recipe – A classic make-ahead stuffing recipe you can make the day before. Not just for Thanksgiving, it’s comfort food that’s perfect for all your fall or winter meals! Via

Stuffing Muffins – These are a deliciously fun way to enjoy your holiday stuffing. These Stuffing Muffins are easy and make-ahead, making your holidays easier. Via

 Make-Ahead Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Orange Relish – This delicious sweet relish is best made the day before and refrigerated overnight! Orange Sauce – This cranberry sauce has a great orange flavor and is completely honey sweetened! Only takes a few minutes to make and is simple to make the day before. Naturally paleo and with vegan option. Via


Make-Ahead Rolls Tender Potato Dinner Rolls – Best homemade dinner rolls recipe. Super soft, made with quick rise yeast. Via Ahead Rolls – how to make roll in advance and bake them later. How to store roll or bread dough in the fridge or freezer for easy holiday baking. Via Ahead Dinner Rolls – Perfect for prepping holiday meals the day before! Via

Make-Ahead Gravy Ahead Turkey Gravy – This easy make ahead turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe! Via To Make Gravy (and Freeze It) Before Thanksgiving – This is the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving — making turkey gravy in advance! Via

With so many Make Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes for your meal plan, you’ll be ready the day before and have more time to drink wine!

About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

3 thoughts on “Make Ahead Thanksgiving Side Dishes

  1. This is such a great post! Thanksgiving can be stressful but not with all these great make-ahead recipes. I pinned it! Thanks for including my Sweet Potato Casserole with Oat Streusel. 🙂

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