Thanksgiving Make Ahead/Freezer Cooking Menu

It’s very rare that I make a complete Thanksgiving Dinner. This year I wanted to give my parents a break from cooking and decided that I would invite them as well as my brother and his girlfriend for dinner. And they accepted! So I’m planning from Monday through Thursday to do a little each day and be prepared on the big day with little or no stress {that’s my hope, anyway}. Here’s my list of make ahead/freezer cooking items I’m making through Wednesday and the last minute items will be baked on Thursday.

I’m planning very simple meals from either the freezer or soup/sandwiches until Thanksgiving. I want to everything to be smooth sailing in the kitchen. We shall see and I’ll keep you posted.

Tentative Thanksgiving Menu:

  • Whole Turkey-Thursday
  • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy-Wednesay; mash Thursday
  • Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows-Wednesday
  • Sage Stuffing-Wednesday
  • Cabbage Casserole-Wednesday
  • Deviled Eggs-Thursday
  • Pineapple-Orange Salad-Wednedsay
  • Butterhorns-Bake Thursday
  • Homemade Apple Pie-Tuesday; bake Thursday
  • Homemade Pumpkin Pie-Monday; bake Wednesday
  • Punch with Sherbet-Thursday
  • Sweet Tea and Coffee

Do you have any make ahead/freezer cooking items on your to-do list before Thursday? I’d love to hear your plans in the comments below.

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  1. Im going to my Daughter and Son-in-Laws home, and they will be doing most of the cooking..but I am planning on taking a Dessert, ( Not sure which one yet ..) and Im taking the ingredients for a Cornbread recipe to their home, and we will make it when I get there.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Brandette W. says:


    Thank you so much for sharing this line-up. It was fun to read and I actually did get quite a few recipes to try soon. We had a very relaxing T-day, it was very enjoyable. It was the first year since we had our son (he is 2, almost 3 now) that we had a full homemade dinner at our house just the 3 of us. It was very very nice since it was just us 3, less stress and so much quieter. In the years past, we usually always went to my Mom’s who supplied us with the good eats.

    I hope you and your family had a wonderful T-day as well. Happy Holidays!

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