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Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be! Many of these recipes are make-ahead, so you can spend more time enjoying family and less time in the kitchen.
Instead of roasting a huge bird this year, try this rolled turkey breast with sausage stuffing. It’s so much more flavorful than your typical roast turkey and cooks in just 1-1/4 hours. What’s more, it can be made entirely ahead of time and is a cinch to carve.
This has got to be the easiest butternut squash soup recipe ever. You start with pre-cut squash from the supermarket, then you basically throw everything in a pot, simmer it, purée it and you’re done. It’s still everything you expect a classic butternut squash soup to be: silky, slightly sweet and full of flavor.
This cauliflower purée is creamy and comforting, and just happens to taste remarkably like mashed potatoes. It also has the benefit of being easier to make, healthier, and lower in carbs. What’s more, it can be made several days ahead of time and reheated it in the microwave.
Focaccia is a flavorful and easy-to-make Italian flat bread that feeds a crowd. This classic version is topped with coarse salt and fresh rosemary but other toppings can be added, such as thinly sliced tomatoes, olives or grated cheese. Leftovers are delicious sliced for turkey sandwiches.
This down-home sweet potato dish is always a big hit. Like most sweet potato dishes, it straddles the line between sweet and savory — it’s meant to be a side dish but you might be inclined to eat it for dessert. To crisp up the top before serving, gently reheat in the oven.
This easy sausage and herb stuffing relies on store bought stuffing cubes, which eliminates the step of slicing and drying out the bread. (Believe me, when you’re using a pound of sausage and an entire stick of butter, the bread does not matter much!) The stuffing can be made in advance and reheated on Thanksgiving day.