50 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes | Eat This Not That
Thanksgiving is a wonderful season full of family, friends and – you guessed it – an eternally long to-do list. That's why we've rounded up 50 Thanksgiving recipes that can be prepared in advance so you do not have to sacrifice creativity and taste on a full schedule. From spicy sweet potato purées to instant pot turkeys, these fast and easy dishes are perfect for your vacation. If only we could magically find some easy ways to create more counter space …
These mini quiches with red potato cubes, chopped broccoli and creamy gouda cheese are perfect for baking, freezing and then warming up and as an appetizer for any celebration. Even better? No paper muffin is required for these quiches, so fewer things are on your shopping list. Simply spray the muffin mold with cooking spray and you're done!
Get our recipe for Muffin-Tin Quiches with smoked gouda and ham.
Thin-cut sweet potatoes replace cracker in this recipe for sweet potato toasts. This unexpected appetizer, loaded with fun toppings like almond butter and sweet cherries, will definitely be a must-have vacationer. Make sure you prepare and bake the sweet potatoes the night before and then load them with funny toppings to save some time.
Get our recipe for Sweet Potato Toasts.
You may want to prepare more than just a batch of these Pecorino thyme chips – they are so delicious! Pecorino Romano cheese, thyme, sunflower seeds and fennel all combine to create an aromatic crisp that's better than any store-bought option. It only takes you three to five minutes to cook in the oven so you can easily bake some bowls of it before Thanksgiving while you take care of other last-minute vacation tasks.
Get our recipe for pecorino thyme chips.
Serve this white bean pumpkin hummus along with sliced vegetables and crackers for a healthy pre-dinner snack that lasts only 10 minutes. This spread is stable in the refrigerator for up to one week. So mix your beans in advance.
Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker.
No party without cheese platter seems to be complete these days. Use this cheese plate recipe as a template to learn the art of sausage products. You can even roll your cheese and slice your meat the night before to save time.
Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats.
Smooth cream cheese, spicy cranberries and flavorful cilantro combine in this dip, which allows you to take a break from those bought at the grocery store.
Get the recipe from Julie's Eats and Treats.
Show your creativity with this vegetable tray. Wash, cut, arrange and cover vegetables with Saran Wrap the night before and simply pull the tray out of the fridge when ready to eat.
Get the recipe from Lil Luna.
Do you need a quick appetizer for the holidays? Put these cracker and brie cheese snacks together before the party and put them in the oven for a few minutes before serving. Just add a spoonful of cranberry sauce once you've cooled and you're done!
Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom.
This healthier baked potato soup of bacon, rusty potatoes and low sodium chicken stock is soothing, creamy and perfect for serving Thanksgiving. Just make a batch before the holidays, freeze them and heat them as soon as they are ready to serve.
Get our recipe for baked potato soup.
This butternut squash soup is great as a starter in the cold holiday. It can also be frozen or stored in the fridge to make it easy to cook on Thanksgiving.
Get our Recipe for Butternut Squash Soup.
This soup proves that there are countless ways to serve Pumpkin over traditional cakes on this Thanksgiving holiday. An added bonus is that this soup is vegan! Serve this soup within four days or freeze it for up to three months.
Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate.
This savory, warming chicken noodle soup is the ideal appetizer before dinner. If you want to freeze and eat later, it is best to leave the noodles and add them as soon as you are ready to warm up.
Get the recipe from Inspired Taste.
Start the Christmas season with this delicious soup with nine different vegetables such as sweet potato, cauliflower, carrots and cabbage. This soup will last up to a week in the fridge and a few months in the freezer.
Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.
This delicious salad of roasted beets, barley, goat's cheese and eggs is perfect for preparing holiday meals. It can stay fresh in the fridge for up to three days – just add the dressing just before serving.
Get our recipe for roasted beet salad with barley.
It may be that there is no salad that says more "fall" than this one. This nutritious salad offers a kick with a unique canned squash vinaigrette, mustard, maple syrup, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Make sure you provide a container of vinaigrette in time to get you started.
Get our recipe for mixed green salad and pumpkin vinaigrette.
Homemade goat cheese croutons with bread crumbs and refreshing pear slices round off the show in this delicious pre-season salad. Remember, if you prepare to avoid dressing the salad or chopping the pears until they land on the dining table.
Get our recipe for warm goat cheese salad.
A salad just for Thanksgiving? Log in! This recipe combines mixed vegetables with pecans, brie, pomegranate and pears.
Get the recipe from Five Heart Home.
Add an extra portion of vegetables to your holiday menu with this delicious salad recipe. You can roast and freeze your pumpkin in advance and then heat it again when it's time to combine the ingredients.
Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.
With this recipe, you have something for all guests of the vegetarian dinner that you may have this year. Suitable for a busy holiday guest, this recipe takes just 10 minutes to compose and another 15 minutes to bake. Prepare the fish first and then put it in the oven when you are done.
Get our recipe for keto butter salmon and asparagus.
What would Thanksgiving be without a deliciously dressed turkey? This turkey prescription option is particularly special as it is not only gluten-free, but also low in sodium and nitrate. Be sure to cook in advance and heat it just before dinner if you really want to save time!
Get our recipe for gluten-free turkey breast with herb roast.
Of course, the turkey has become the ultimate food symbol for Thanksgiving, but sometimes we just want to enjoy a delicious holiday ham. This recipe combines peach jam, dijon mustard, red onion and jalapeno pepper for a memorable dining experience.
Get our recipe for bourbon ham with peach chutney.
Would you like to deviate from the norm and instead eat chicken for Thanksgiving? You're in luck, because we have a recipe for it. This dish is full of flavor and can be easily prepared in advance. Prepare the chicken until ready to bake and store it overnight in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or freeze it in a Ziploc bag until you are ready to cook.
Get the recipe from Diethood.
Say goodbye to a whole day of baking your turkey with this incredibly practical recipe. An 8-pound turkey cooks in just one hour in a 6-liter instant pot! Prepare your turkey the day before the holiday, if you have little time, and heat it up later.
Get the recipe from Sweet Phi.
This turkey recipe with delicious white wine sauce will soon become your Thanksgiving day. Cook and slice, either on the eve or in the morning, and then warm and sprinkle with warm sauce to make dinner lightning fast.
Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest.
This "vegan turkey" is actually roasted cauliflower seasoned with traditional Thanksgiving spices that is both delicious and practical! Prepare the night before and heat it for a quick vegan meal.
Get the recipe from Damy Health.
Cans are not only great for muffins and cupcakes, but also perfect for conjuring up some of those delicious mac and cheese cups. Just assemble them before Thanksgiving, put them in the refrigerator (or freeze them if you do not eat them within a few days) and reheat them when they are ready to serve. And if you want to sneak more vegetables into your holiday meal, swap traditional noodles for healthier options like vegetable macaroni.
Get our recipe for crispy mac and cheese mugs.
Make typical Thanksgiving mashed potatoes even more exciting by making a serving of pumpkin mashed potatoes. This mashed potato is perfect for preparing in advance and lets you pumpkin to everything.
Get our recipe for pumpkin mashed potatoes.
Break away from the expected Vegetable and Potato Thanksgiving garnish with this pumpkin ravioli and pesto recipe. Put together a few batches in the days before Thanksgiving (it takes only 35 minutes to make sure you do not stay in the kitchen for long), freeze them and heat them when they are ready to serve.
Get our recipe for pumpkin ravioli and pesto.
Thanksgiving dinner can easily be carbohydrate rich with all the cakes, cakes, potatoes and other delicious dishes. So why not offer a low-carb option on the menu? All you had to do was travel the cauliflower in advance and fry in a pan with olive oil for three to five minutes when you're ready to serve. And yes, you read that right – only two ingredients are required for this recipe!
Get our recipe for cauliflower rice.
Carrots roasted with olive oil, honey and thyme are sure to become one of the most popular side dishes of you and your family. If you feel particularly adventurous, you can also add other root vegetables such as beets or beets to fry in the mixture. Wash, clean and clean your carrots the day before to shorten the cooking time.
Get our recipe for honey roasted carrots.
This healthy and refreshing grilled ratatouille salad, which revolves around aubergines, peppers and zucchini, can be served hot or cold.
Get our recipe for grilled ratatouille salad.
Why just eat corncobs if you can eat Succotash instead? This succotash recipe, which includes corn, lima beans and bacon, adds a delicious touch to an ordinary holiday site. As a bonus, it can be pre-cooked and warmed up.
Get our recipe for Succotash.
If you want to think outside the box for this year's (literally) filling, then this apple sausage filling recipe is for you. The taste of the traditional filling is underlined by hints of chopped sourdough and sweet apple pieces.
Get our recipe for apple sausage filling.
Parmesan, black pepper and lemon juice bring a nutrient-rich vegetable to life in this recipe. Wash the asparagus beforehand, cut and arrange and put in the oven as soon as you are almost ready to serve this garnish.
Get our recipe for roasted parmesan asparagus.
If you are looking for ways to spice up your mashed potatoes, this is the solution. This recipe uses chipotle and black pepper to give this Thanksgiving party an extra kick.
Get our recipe for Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes.
These delicious tomatoes, filled with panko bread crumbs, feta cheese, basil and minced garlic, take just two minutes to assemble and 20 minutes to cook in the oven. If you have little time, prepare a dozen of them the night before your big holiday get-together and have them boil when the guests arrive.
Get our recipe for stuffed tomatoes.
Creamy spinach that is both healthy and beneficial? Log in! This special recipe stays in the fridge for up to five days.
Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom.
This corn casserole recipe can be prepared up to two days before serving. Just heat it up when you're ready to do it!
Get the recipe from The Cozy Cook.
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The stuffing of this casserole can be prepared for a few days and then cooled, making it the perfect Christmas present!
Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Make vanilla ice cream (and the cakes that it usually accompanies) a little more exciting with this incredibly fast and easy recipe. During the holiday week, take a quarter of your favorite vanilla ice cream and scoop it up, sprinkle it with olive oil and sprinkle it with flaked sea salt for dessert. Your piece of cake will thank you!
Get our recipe for olive oil ice cream.
This cake is made of dates, pears and dark brown sugar and is a pleasant dessert after dinner. Do it the day before your holidays and serve it with either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream a day.
Get our recipe for Sticky Toffee Date Cake.
A cookie that consists of only five ingredients and can be frozen for up to three weeks? Sounds like a holiday dream for the preparation of food!
Get our recipe for shortbread cookies.
What better way is there to use all of your apple remnants from these family trips to apple picking than this recipe? One of our favorite details of this recipe is that it can be easily prepared in a pressure cooker, which means less work for you (and less dishes). When preparing, remember to place the sliced apple pieces in a mixture of kosher salt and cold water until you are ready to cook them to keep them crispy and alive.
Get our recipe for Apple Cranberry Crisp.
Frozen raspberries, unsweetened applesauce and lemon peel make a delicious sweet dessert. Make sure that you bake a batch of it one or two days before the holiday to make as little fuss as possible, or prepare in time and freeze.
Get our recipe for Fudgy Raspberry Brownies.
Ingredients such as almond butter, maple syrup and pieces of chocolate give this recipe a whole new touch. The best part is that it does not require baking – just prepare all the ingredients, chill the biscuit balls in the fridge (or in the freezer if you prepare more than a few days in advance) and take them out once you're ready for a simple but delicious dessert.
Get our recipe for the ultimate no-bake cookie dough.
If you are tired of pumpkin-flavored desserts and cinnamon-spiced treats, try this southern-style banana pudding. Delicately sweet and easy to prepare, this recipe transforms simple ingredients like bananas and vanilla waffles into an instant crowd pleaser. This banana pudding is perfect for preparing for the night before Thanksgiving, as all the aromas have time to dip into the waffles.
Get our recipe for banana pudding.
Canned pumpkin makes a delicious appearance in this recipe. Simply combine the popular holiday specialty with easy-to-find baking ingredients such as cocoa powder and flour and let yourself be pampered. You can even freeze and warm up this dessert if you want to bake in advance.
Get our recipe for Fudgy Pumpkin Brownie Bites.
Who says pumpkins are only for pies? Put an innovative accent on a classic vacation food with this quick Pumpkin Cheesecake that you can easily put together a day or two before the feast. 24 hours after baking, it tastes even better!
Get our recipe for pumpkin cheesecake.
These biscuits are great with vanilla ice cream or a steaming cup of hot chocolate.
Get our recipe for oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
This recipe for apple pie can be prepared not only a few days in advance, but also a few weeks in advance. Simply prepare the pie filling in a pot and store in sterilized jars in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. The crumble can also be stored in the freezer until ready for use.
Get the recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking.
With all of these preparatory Thanksgiving recipes in the back pocket, you have plenty of time to relax on vacation.