12 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes That Will Make Your Holiday Less Hectic

The frantic rush of the holiday season can lead to two things: adrenaline and stress. You want to enjoy your Thanksgiving, not have a heart attack while trying to prepare dinner for 20 (let’s face it — even dinner for four is stressful enough!).

That’s why planning ahead is so important, and make-ahead dishes are the secret to making the meal go smoothly. You should read up on all the best ways to prepare a turkey and decorate your house well in advance too, but having a few casserole dishes ready to go will do wonders for your psyche (and your guests’ stomachs).

You may be surprised at how much of your meal you can cook before the big day. This year, you could actually have time to enjoy your family’s company instead of being holed up in the kitchen for hours and hours. Take a peek at these make-ahead recipes and decide which ones would be the perfect addition to your menu.

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