19 Thanksgiving Recipes You Should Make Ahead

Nicole Austin

11. Cranberry Apple Walnut Tarts Recipe

Delicious little tarts like our recipe for cranberry apple walnut tarts look so fancy and adorable without much added prep time. Single serving amounts make them easier to prepare for a set number of guests, and just a sprinkle of walnuts on top will make it look dressed to impress. Prepare these tarts up to two days in advance and you'll have a tasty appetizer ready to go in no time.

12. Mashed Carrots and Turnips Recipe

For an unusual twist on the classic Thanksgiving sides, and one that you don’t have all year round, our mashed carrots and turnips recipe will be a side dish that shakes things up without going too off course. This dish can be prepared up to two days in advanced and then simply warmed up in time for dinner. Don't be suprised when you love the flavor and start making these all the time.

13. Parmesan Smashed Potatoes Recipe

Preparing these parmesan smashed potatoes the night before Thanksgiving and saving the final step of cooking for the last 20 minutes before dinner is served will save you lots of time and stove space! These potatoes will amaze your guests while putting just a slight twist on the traditional Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. The parmesan cheese adds just the right extra something-something.

14. Pecan Pie Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

If you love pecan pie, you will enjoy these soft, delicious pecan pie cinnamon rolls. These sweet, flaky rolls taste wonderful when reheated a day or two after preparation, or even left at room temperature, so you can easily make them ahead of Thanksgiving. These sweet rolls paired with a cup of coffee makes a delicious, sweet breakfast while you're watching the parade on Thanksgiving.

15. Red Lobster Biscuit Recipe

Cheesy, garlicky copycat Red Lobster biscuits are absolutely the way to go for Thanksgiving because there’s simply nothing quite as cozy as fresh, warm biscuits. Biscuits made in advance last a couple of days and can easily be reheated. Everyone loves the famous Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits so make them for Thanksgiving day and make them ahead to cut back on time.

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