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11/10/2016 12:15 pm ET

14 Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you're old school or a risk taker, time starved or sweets obsessed, there are all kinds of wonderful and delicious ways to whip up your holiday meal in advance—giving you lots more time to spend with the people you're thankful for.
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  • Want to venture beyond the standard pureed potato? This sophisticated side from chef Curtis Stone will edge you out of your c
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    Want to venture beyond the standard pureed potato? This sophisticated side from chef Curtis Stone will edge you out of your comfort-food zone.

    Get the recipe: Mashed Root Vegetables
  • Enjoy this Mediterranean spin on deviled eggs to take this classic appetizer to the next level. <br><br><strong>Get the recip
    Credit Christopher Testani
    Enjoy this Mediterranean spin on deviled eggs to take this classic appetizer to the next level.

    Get the recipe: Mediterranean Deviled Eggs
  • Enamored of the classics, sure (dinner rolls, you've had a few)&mdash;but that doesn't mean you don't relish a tasty twist. T
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    Enamored of the classics, sure (dinner rolls, you've had a few)—but that doesn't mean you don't relish a tasty twist. Try this spin on the sturdy standby, the casserole.

    Get the recipe: Broccolini Casserole
  • Anthony Bourdain gives Thanksgiving sides a modern update with his take on cauliflower. <br><br><strong>Get the recipe: <a hr
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    Anthony Bourdain gives Thanksgiving sides a modern update with his take on cauliflower.

    Get the recipe: Cauliflower with Sesame Seeds
  • This so-easy-it's-silly faux souffl&eacute; is delicious with any cheddar, but a sharp, aged option gives it dimension and cl
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    This so-easy-it's-silly faux soufflé is delicious with any cheddar, but a sharp, aged option gives it dimension and class.

    Get the recipe: Mock Cheese Soufflé
  • Slow-cooker mashed potatoes stay warm for hours&mdash;and won't fight for stove space. <br><br><strong>Get the recipe: <a hre
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    Slow-cooker mashed potatoes stay warm for hours—and won't fight for stove space.

    Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Mashed Potatoes
  • You can make the butternut squash puree for these pancakes up to 3 days ahead&mdash;so all you do on the big day is turn on t
    Credit Christopher Testani
    You can make the butternut squash puree for these pancakes up to 3 days ahead—so all you do on the big day is turn on the griddle.

    Get the recipe: Butternut Squash Pancakes
  • This seasonal quiche will be a hit with bacon-lovers and it's easy to assemble. <br><br><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http
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    This seasonal quiche will be a hit with bacon-lovers and it's easy to assemble.

    Get the recipe: Pumpkin Quiche with Bacon
  • You're a veggie enthusiast and who can blame you, given their vibrant beauty and flavors? Serve up this Ina Garten salad. <br
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    You're a veggie enthusiast and who can blame you, given their vibrant beauty and flavors? Serve up this Ina Garten salad.

    Get the recipe: Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad
  • Add some greens to your table with this easy salad. <br><br><strong>Get the recipe: <a href="http://www.oprah.com/food/Garlic
    Credit Christopher Testani
    Add some greens to your table with this easy salad.

    Get the recipe: Garlicky Collard Greens
  • You can have chocolate in every course. Roasted cacao nibs make a vinaigrette that pairs sweetly with savory bacon and blue c
    Credit Christopher Testani
    You can have chocolate in every course. Roasted cacao nibs make a vinaigrette that pairs sweetly with savory bacon and blue cheese in a salad.

    Get the recipe: Cocoa Nib Salad Dressing
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving with this savory herb and apple bread pudding recipe from Ina Garten. <br><br><strong>Get the recipe:
    Credit Christopher Testani
    Celebrate Thanksgiving with this savory herb and apple bread pudding recipe from Ina Garten.

    Get the recipe: Herb and Apple Bread Pudding
  • Take heart, devoted desserters: Dinner doesn't have to be a dutiful prelude to the grand finale. Try this candyesque side dis
    Credit Christopher Testani
    Take heart, devoted desserters: Dinner doesn't have to be a dutiful prelude to the grand finale. Try this candyesque side dish to hold you over.

    Get the recipe: Candied Bacon Sweet Potatoes
  • If you're looking for a pie option beyond the classic pumpkin this Thanksgiving, we've got you covered with this crowd-pleasi
    Credit Christopher Testani
    If you're looking for a pie option beyond the classic pumpkin this Thanksgiving, we've got you covered with this crowd-pleasing maple pie.

    Get the recipe: Maple Pie
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