Feeling a little stressed over what you need to prepare before Thanksgiving (November 24)? There’s a lot that needs to be done before you all sit down around the big table on November 24: clean the house, do the grocery shopping, brush up on your college football facts before the big game, peel eight thousand potatoes.
And that’s all got to be done before you tackle the thankless task of making a seating chart that keeps your cousin’s new boyfriend from asking your sweet-but-eccentric grandpa about his opinions on, well, anything.
We can’t help you with the intricacies of family dynamics, or even draft you a list of “safe” conversation topics (what about that weather, am I right? puppies sure are cute! how about them Chicago Cubs?!), but we can offer suggestions for streamlining your preparations for the big feast.
First, there are many delicious Thanksgiving side dishes that you can put together easily. For instance, a platter of raw vegetables, paired with some of our fancy new gourmet olives, pita bread, and homemade hummus makes an easy, quick, and healthful counterpoint to heavier Thanksgiving fare.
Better yet? We’ve gathered some tasty recipes that you can even make in advance — up to several weeks ahead of the feasting day. You still get the compliments for making great food for Thanksgiving, but you also spare yourself the stress of making ten dishes simultaneously. (They never come out of the oven and all make it to the table at the same time, trust me).
Our 2016 suggestions for delicious make-ahead Thanksgiving cooking: