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Make-Ahead Dishes

Knocking out some dishes ahead of time will keep you sane on the big day. We designed these recipes to pack lots of flavor without the last-minute fuss.

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Extra-Crunchy Green Bean Casserole

Our latest take on this holiday stalwart is like an old friend in a new suit.

Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Being able to make a large batch of mashed potatoes a day ahead of time without …

Fluffy Make-Ahead Dinner Rolls

We wondered if we could make fresh, homemade dinner rolls ahead of time, freeze …

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

With multiple side dishes commanding your last-minute attention just as guests a…

Perfect Pecan Pie

After patiently scouring dozens of recipes, we finally create a pie with silky …

Scalloped Potatoes

Classic scalloped potatoes are great for the holidays, but a slimmer, quicker ve…

Classic Bread Stuffing for a Crowd

Not only does this stuffing serve 16, but it can also be made ahead of time.

Classic Green Bean Casserole

The classic combo of green beans, condensed soup, and canned onions isn't bad. B…

Make-Ahead Rich and Tender American Dinner...

We improved the texture and flavor of the American dinner roll and updated the s…

Cream Cheese Biscuits

Everyone told us that cream cheese made the lightest, fluffiest biscuits ever. T…

Make-Ahead Roast Turkey and Gravy

Restaurant kitchens manage the bustle of Thanksgiving dinner by cooking the turk…

Apricot-Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Apricot preserves and ginger give this tired side dish a kick in the pants.

Cranberry Chutney with Pear, Lemon, and Ro...

For a standout sauce, we needed to do more than just fine-tune the sweet-tart cl…

Maple Syrup Pie

We wanted to take this classic New England pie back to its roots, with real mapl…

Slow-Cooker Classic Butternut Squash Soup

Our aim: A simple squash soup that tastes deeply of (wait for it) squash.

Modern Cauliflower Gratin

Who says a gratin needs to be stodgy and rich to be satisfying? The unique attri…

Duchess Potato Casserole

For potatoes that are elegant yet easy, we revamp a fussy French classic.

Coffee Cake with Pecan-Cinnamon Streusel

Could we streamline the process for this breakfast treat and still produce a sof…

Foolproof All-Butter Dough for Double-Crus...

Our ultimate pie dough. It uses all butter, it’s dead easy to roll, and it bake…

Foolproof All-Butter Dough for Single-Crus...

Our ultimate pie dough. It uses all butter, it’s dead easy to roll, and it bake…

Virginia Peanut Pie

One bite and you’ll go nuts for this Old Dominion pie.

Make-Ahead Pumpkin Pie with Maple-Cinnamon...

What we wanted: a pumpkin pie we could freeze whole. What we got: an excellen…

Three-in-One All-Butter Pie Dough

It took us more than 80 attempts, but we created a recipe for a tasty all-butte…