On Thanksgiving, the oven space will be at a premium. But there are so many great recipes you might want to try, and most of them need to be cooked in the oven… Well, you needn’t put all of them off till day X! There are dishes which can be cooked - or almost cooked - days in advance – they freeze nicely and taste even better when reheated!
In case you want to go into the trouble of baking your own dinner rolls, remember: you can knead the dough, bake and freeze the rolls weeks in advance. Just warm them carefully in foil right before serving. This Dinner Rolls recipe is a great variant - just make sure you'll use your bread machine.
While the turkey is roasting to perfection, you can entertain your guests and their taste buds with something light and delightful. We suggest you whisk the batter for these Cheese Puffs, shape them on baking sheets or silicone mats and freeze them. Baking will only take 30 minutes of your oven’s time, and your will be able to nibble on fresh cheese puffs before dinner!
The traditional sauce is another time and effort saver! You can cook it up to a week ahead of Thanksgiving and refrigerate. You can also make cranberry sauce right now and freeze it! Transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before the holiday to let the sauce thaw gently. Check this Easy Cranberry Sauce recipe - it may be the very thing you need!
Potatoes don't freeze well when there is not enough fat in the mixture. However, Thanksgiving is the day when you can stop counting calories for a while, so why don't you try to cook these Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes: they are mixed with cream cheese, sour cream, butter and regular fat milk; moreover, the casserole is dotted with chilled butter before freezing, so it is sure to taste wonderful when reheated!
You can boil a large pot of turkey broth weeks ahead of the holiday dinner and use some of it to cook Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy! Ladle it into a freezer-safe container or Ziploc bag and defrost carefully a day ahead. Freeze the remaining broth or use it to cook the fifth time-saver we suggest and freeze the result!
It can be made two days in advance and refrigerated till it’s baking time. Or cook it completely and freeze to reheat in the last minutes before serving. Delectable Apple, Sausage, and Cranberry Stuffing is sure to satisfy your cravings!
Hope these make-ahead Thanksgiving ideas will save a few hours for you to rest and relax before the festive dinner!