Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Dishes You Can Make Ahead

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a real challenge. Often, this demands too much work from the home chef and even requires the person to create multiple dishes in only a few hours. One smart way to take the pressure off is to prepare some of your food choices a day or two in advance. To help you prepare for the wonderful feast ahead, Tree Classics has compiled a list of delicious and must-have recipes anyone can prepare the night before Thanksgiving.

a delicious thanksgiving spread

Cranberry Sauce with Champagne and Currants

delicious cranberry sauce with champagne and curant

One of the things that people are looking for during Thanksgiving dinner is the mouthwatering and succulent cranberry sauce. This sweet and sour paste is the classic addition to your smoky and crisp roast turkey. A more elevated variant of this dish is Serious Eats’ cranberry sauce with champagne and currants, which you can make nights before the momentous occasion.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

a yummy freshly-baked pumpkin cheesecake

Desserts can take hours and take up a lot of oven space, so it’s really smart to bake them a day before the actual dinner. One of the deserts that can benefit from being inside a refrigerator overnight is Baking Addiction’s pumpkin cheesecake. This yummy recipe, with its creamy cheese frosting, its autumn-inspired flavor, and crunchy graham cracker base will taste a hundred times better once it’s been chilled to flawless goodness.

Roasted Pumpkin Sage Soup

Soup is the perfect way to start any Thanksgiving meal. Although it looks fairly simple, it does take a lot of work. The best soup simmers for hours and requires a lot of attention and mixing. Naturally, home cooks will find it hard to do this while worrying about a bird in the oven and various other dishes on the stove. This roasted pumpkin soup from Skinny Taste can be chilled the night before and heated up the day after without compromising its appetizing full flavors.

Soul Sweet Taters

a mouthwatering spoonful of sweet potatoes

Another beloved Thanksgiving side dish is sweet potatoes. Their sugary taste is a wonderful contrast with the meat and they immediately remind people of the essences that have usually associated with the holiday season. This takes a lot of squashing and precise flavoring so it’s a good idea to prepare it ahead of time.  Try out these marvelous soul sweet taters from The Pioneer Woman. Its crunch and taste will make it a new favorite among family members.

White Wine Gravy

a zesty bowl of white wine gravy

If you want something more savory than the traditional cranberry sauce, this white wine gravy from The Way the Cookie Crumbles is a delightful zesty alternative that you can make days ahead and even save up for leftovers. Everyone will love the varying dimensions of herbs, spice and sweetness with this tasty turkey match.

Enjoy fine and lip-smacking dishes and have an easier time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving season with these recipe recommendations from Tree Classics.

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