20 Easy Thanksgiving Recipes

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that planning ahead is key to a successful Thanksgiving menu. And the fact that there are so many make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes is one of the reasons Ree Drummond loves this holiday so much. “I like the ritual of starting on Monday and preparing for the whole week,” she says. By the time the big party arrives, you will have more time to spend with your family and friends. Not to mention that everyone will think you’re a pro based on how relaxed you are on D-Day! So take Ree’s advice and add some of these make-ahead dishes to your holiday menu. You can thank us later!

Whether it’s your first time hosting or you’re just looking for a few dishes to bring to a Thanksgiving potluck, these make-ahead recipes will help you get cooking started quickly. Plus, picking out a few of these make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes means you’ll have more space in the oven for anything you want to whip up at the last minute. Here, you’ll find Thanksgiving sides, entrees, desserts, and even turkey recipes! Just be sure to check out our tips for reheating turkey and you’ll be good to go. Of course, a side of make-ahead sauce couldn’t hurt either. If the sound of all that food is enough to make you hungry, check out our ideas for making your entire Thanksgiving feast ahead of time.

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