Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Recipes


Thanksgiving is a time for fellowship, good food, and fun. Or at least it should be. Too many times, though, people spend Thanksgiving feeling stressed, tired, and inadequate- mostly because of food preparation. And it doesn’t have to be that way, I promise!

Tension surrounding Thanksgiving can be significantly reduced by preparing some fare ahead of time. Side dishes like pickled beets, sweet glazed nuts, cranberry apple relish, wild rice, and homemade cinnamon applesauce can all be made in advance. Each is a wonderful item to include on a Thanksgiving menu and can be prepared as early as Monday before Thanksgiving.

Take a look at a few of our favorite make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes. They’re guaranteed to decrease the pressure surrounding the day and ensure you have the happiest of Thanksgivings.

A Thanksgiving classic. These sweetly spiced beets will glamorize the meal and pretty up the dinner plate with their deep red color. For the recipe, click here We use these in oodles of dishes and they are perfect as a Thanksgiving garnish. They also make an exceptional snack, appetizer or gift. Let Steve show you how to make a jar! To print the recipe, click here. This relish is a superb accompaniment to turkey and stuffing. A seasonal fruit dish with the perfect combination of sweet and tart, it will make your plate and your palate happy. To get the recipe, click here.

4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Recipes

  1. Hi Cynthia! I am so excited to find your website! I bought Feeding the Whole Family shortly after my first child was born so over 12 years ago! I just finished eating a bowl of split pea soup made with your recipe from that book…..yum! Can’t wait to try out some of the new ones on this site! Thanks!!!

  2. Cranberry apple relish is my personal favorite. I’m also really looking forward to making (and eating!) Pilgrim’s stuffing. And the Ruby Red pickled beets weren’t even on my radar but now they are! Great suggestions!

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