Bringing a dish to a holiday gathering but know when the day comes, you won’t have a lot of time? All of these holiday dishes can be made in advance and reheated or dumped into the crockpot on the day of your event. These make-ahead dishes are sure to wow your guests and are sure to help make your holiday just a little less stressful! 

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Here are 12 of our best make-ahead holiday recipes:

The BEST EVER Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

This tender, mouthwatering pot roast takes just minutes of prep. Even better, it can be frozen ahead of time, then slow-cooked to perfection in the slow cooker for a delicious & hearty one-pot main dish that everyone will go absolutely crazy for!

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Sometimes you just want comfort food. Cheese, potatoes, butter, sour cream… all baked together in one perfect dish. Sure, it’s not exactly health food, but it’s not intended to be!

The World’s Best Cranberry Sauce

It’s hard to get excited about cranberry sauce, but that’s only because you haven’t yet tried the world’s BEST cranberry sauce! Just one taste and you’ll never go back to the canned stuff! Even people who don’t normally like cranberry sauce LOVE this recipe, which can easily be made a few days ahead of time!

Cauliflower and Pecan Stuffing

Looking for a great veggie dish to spice up your next holiday meal? Try this delicious cauliflower and pecan stuffing that has all the spice and flavor of fall packed into a healthy side dish for your Thanksgiving meal.

Overnight French Toast with Warm Maple Butter Syrup

Whip up this super easy overnight french toast the night before, then bake just before serving for an effortless meal that your guests will rave about!

Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic

This roasted garlic mashed cauliflower recipe gives you all of the flavors with none of the guilt (and none of the carbs), and whips up in just minutes! Even better–it’s Keto-friendly too!

White Chocolate Holiday Popcorn

Can’t decide between a sweet or salty treat? Give this white chocolate holiday popcorn a try! This recipe has just 4 ingredients and comes together in less than 10 minutes!

Oh-So-Easy Caramel Apple Pie

Love apple pie but not all the effort?! You won’t believe how quick and easy it is to whip up this amazingly delicious, almost-from-scratch, caramel-infused version! Plus discover the secret weapon that every apple pie baker can’t live without!

Easy 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

Nothing says fall like freshly baked pumpkin pie! This oh-so-easy pumpkin pie literally comes together in just five minutes of hands-on time, but provides all the homemade flavor you crave! Wow your Thanksgiving guests AND keep your sanity this year with this amazing no-fail recipe!

Sweet Potato Pie with Maple Whipped Cream

If pumpkin pie is not your thing, this deliciously flavor-packed Sweet Potato Pie with Maple Whipped Cream is the perfect alternative. It’s basically The South on a plate!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie

Salted caramel + chocolate + pecan pie… seriously, does it get any better? Wow your friends and family with this showstopping pie!

Hot Cocoa Truffles

In a rush to throw something together? These ridiculously easy Hot Cocoa Truffles come together in minutes with just 4 easy ingredients! Perfect for gifts or just because–once you try them, you’ll be hooked!

For more great recipes you can make ahead of time, be sure to grab our free Freezer Cooking Cheat Sheet and see just how easy freezer cooking can be! GET IT HERE.

Feel like you spend all your holidays stuck in the kitchen? It might be time to start preparing recipes that you can make ahead of time, then simply serve cold, reheat, or dump into the crockpot, saving you loads of time and energy on the big day! Here are 12 of our favorite holiday make-ahead recipes to try!

Jessica Bowman
Jessica Bowman is the editor-in-chief of Elite Blog Academy, as well as a content contributor for Living Well Spending Less and Growth Manager for Ruth Soukup Omnimedia. Jessica and her husband are foster parents who live in Georgia with their kids and fur babies. When she is not at work, you can probably find her singing karaoke or playing Pokemon Go!
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