“Holiday” is a relative term for home cooks, who often spend food-centric occasions such as Thanksgiving working feverishly in the kitchen to prepare one of the year’s most elaborate meals. It might be a labor of love for many of us, but it’s labor nonetheless.
Thankfully (see what I did there?), we’ve got make-ahead recipes to take the pressure off. And not just a dish or two.
With the following menu, the whole shebang can be prepared in advance.
In fact, the make-ahead timing built into some of these recipes is a natural—and essential—part of the dish’s flavor and textural development.
Here’s to the cook having a happier, more restful holiday!