Thanksgiving is full of wonderful food, family and fun, but before you get to the good stuff, there’s a lot of stress in the kitchen. Help calm things down by preparing in advance many Thanksgiving side dishes that can reheat well. We’ve rounded up five of our favorites — including Haricots Verts with Rosemary (pictured above), which can be served either room temperature or warm — that will keep you from going berserk on Turkey Day.
Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Reheat these classic mashed potatoes with a splash of half-and-half over low heat to ensure they don’t get gummy. Finish with a sprinkling of fresh chives — and a little extra butter, if you dare — before serving.
Cranberry Sauce with Bourbon and Vanilla Bean and Orange
Ditch the can and make bourbon-spiked cranberry sauce a day or two in advance. Fresh ginger adds extra zesty flavor.
Cornbread and Wild Rice Dressing with Pine Nuts and Parsley
This hearty cornbread-wild rice dressing can stand up to extra time in the oven and is studded with smoked ham, fresh corn and crunchy pine nuts. Bake it off the night before and then pop it into the oven for 20 minutes to get crunchy on Thanksgiving Day.
Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole
This new take on the marshmallow-topped casserole incorporates sweet potatoes, yams and apples. You can cook off disks of the fruits and vegetables in advance and layer them with the glaze, and then bake it off for 20 minutes on the big day.
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More Thanksgiving sides from our friends:
The Lemon Bowl: Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Foodtastic Mom: French Style Sweet Potato Soufflé
Feed Me Phoebe: Gluten-Free Stuffing with Vegan “Creamed Spinach” and Leeks
The Hungry Traveler: Loaded Smashed Potatoes
Healthy Eats: 7 Lighter Takes on Essential Thanksgiving Sides
Dishin & Dishes: Bacon Wrapped Butternut Squash Wedges
The Mediterranean Dish: Jeweled Couscous with Pomegranate and Lentils
The Fed Up Foodie: Festive Orange Spinach Salad
A Mind “Full” Mom: Parmesan Garlic Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Creative Culinary: Golden Onion Casserole with Thyme and Toasted Bread Rounds
Swing Eats: Creamed Spinach
Taste with the Eyes: It’s Back – The Stuffing Everyone Loves!
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Pan Seared Cauliflower
FN Dish: Stovetop vs. Oven-Baked: Battle of the Thanksgiving Side Dishes