(Closed) Thanksgiving sides ahead of time?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

@MrsNeutrino:

The green bean casserole can be made ahead of time and reheated in the oven or microwave. A good tip is your turkey needs to sit for 30 mins prior to carving and honestly that’s when I bake my GBC. Mashed potatos, ehh. I prefer them fresh and if you have a large quantity it gets harder to try and reheat but not impossible. I don’t eat sweet potatos so I’m no help there. Ham I feel is actually better cooked a day before and served at room temp. That is actually how the commercial chains tell you to serve their hams. Idk if your doing stuffing but I do mine in the crockpot and it’s better than anything I’ve ever had. With one oven it takes a little planning but it can be done!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It would be fine! It’s just like eating leftovers… haven’t you warmed up sweet potato casserole the next day and it tasted just as good?! If you’re that worried though, another option would be to “make” everything the day or two days before but not “bake” it until the day of. Do you have an extra rack you could throw things on with the turkey? That way the mess and craziness of making all those different dishes can be alleviated but all your food will still be fresh out of the oven on Thanksgiving.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Crockpots! Seriously. You can make a ton of differnt things in them. I believe I saw a couple sites that said you could do the whole dinner in one.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Do you have (or could you get) a hotplate? I know you probably don’t want to spend more money for this huge meal but it would be useful for holidays for years to come! Also, could you just make the meat and have guests bring sides?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Your sweet potatoes casseole will be fine reheated, honest. Just be sure to wrap it tight in the fridge. I am making most everything a day or two before. Doing the turkey and stuffing day of. I am even peeling and chopping my potatoes the night before and putting them in ice cream buckets full of water in the fridge. That works very well. I entertain for large numbers all the time and only have one oven and limited energy so I have learned many shortcuts. 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

As PPs stated, the green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole can be reheated ahead of time. No toaster oven? Are you making dessert as well?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m making most of my sides tomorrow (we’re doing Thanksgiving on Wednesday – Darling Husband is working nights starting Thursday).  I figure I can make most of them ahead – the only things I’ll make Wednesday are the mashed potatoes and the turkey.  (I think mashed potatoes are better when fresh made.)  Your mac and cheese I’d probably make ahead, and then bake it day of, and I think the green bean cassorole and the sweet potatoes can both be made mostly ahead and just finish them (marshmallows, etc) day of.

I’m making creamed onions, broccoli ala Ritz (velveeta and ritz crackers – terribly unhealthy but incredibly yummy), 2 kinds of stuffing, apple pie and pumpkin cheesecake (and probably something else I’m forgetting – my list is in the other room) all tomorrow – I’m all about getting it done early and not stressing 10 minutes before the guests are due to arrive.

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