Make-Ahead or Crockpot Recipes Can Help with Timing for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Even for experienced cooks, putting a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner on the table is a culinary challenge. People love lots of Thanksgiving side dishes, but the meal has turkey and gravy, which both need last-minute attention. Thanksgiving dinner can be a timing nightmare, but using a crockpot slow cooker is something that can really help. Another great Thanksgiving sanity-saver is making things ahead, then just reheating them or cooking them on turkey day.

Creative cooks all over the Internet have been sharing make-ahead or crockpot recipes for Thanksgiving. Some of these recipes can even be made way in advance, frozen, and then cooked on turkey day. If you're cooking a big Thanksgiving dinner, check out the ideas I found, then if you have a good make-ahead or crockpot recipe that's suitable for Thanksgiving, please share the link or your recipe in the comments.


Crockpot  rosemary garlic Potatoes


Crockpot or Make-Ahead Potatoes for Thanksgiving:

Slow-Cooked Rosemary Thyme Mashed Potatoes (pictured above) from Coconut and Lime

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese and Sour Cream from A Year of Crockpotting

Crockpot Smashed Garlic Red Potatoes from A Recipe a Day

Perfect Make-Ahead Party Potatoes from Kitchen Parade


Crockpot or Make-Ahead Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Crockpot Cornbread Stuffing from A Year of Crockpotting

Perfect Homemade Crockpot Stuffing from A Year of Crockpotting


Spicy Crockpot Sweet Potatoes


Crockpot or Make-Ahead Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving

Spicy Crockpot Sweet Potatoes (pictured above) from Kalyn's Kitchen

Crockpot Candied Sweet Potatoes from A Year of Crockpotting

Pecan-Topped Baked Sweet Potatoes from A Year of Crockpotting

Mashed Butternut Squash and Sweet Potatoes with Citrus from A Veggie Venture

Make-Ahead Sweet Potatoes from Baking Delights


Crockpot or Make-Ahead Vegetables for Thanksgiving

Slooow Country Green Beans from A Veggie Venture

Sweet and Sour Carmelized Onions from A Year of Crockpotting

Roasted Stuffed Onions from Smitten Kitchen

Crockpot Stuffed Onions from A Year of Crockpotting

Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole from A Veggie Venture (There are more options for Make-Ahead Vegetables at a Veggie Venture.)


Sweet Potato Buttermilk Rolls


Make-Ahead Dinner Rolls for Thanksgiving

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Rolls (pictured above) from Pinch My Salt

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls from Tammy's Recipes

Refrigerator Rolls 101 from Cafe Johnsonia

Pumpkin Corn Muffins from Karina's Kitchen

BlogHer Contributing Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen where she's committed to low-glycemic cooking, and at Slow Cooker From Scratch, where she features "from scratch" slow cooker recipes.


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