Spend the holiday with your loved ones, not the stove, by cooking ahead

Let’s face it—as wonderful as Thanksgiving is, it’s also a ton of work to prepare multiple dishes, most of which have to be on the table at the same moment. The chef is usually trapped in the kitchen while family and friends hang out together in the other room, which can be…unfulfilling.

But what if there were a way to prepare an abundant and delicious meal while also getting to enjoy the day? What if hosting didn’t have to mean kitchen exile? Well, there is, and it doesn’t, because Southern Living has finally cracked the hosting code with “Make-Ahead Thanksgiving”!

IMG_2491[1]With these yummy recipes and strategic planning tips, you can cook in advance and feel as relaxed as a guest at your own gathering. They’ve covered it all, from Parsnip-Potato Soup to Dry-Brined-and-Marinated-Smoked Turkey to Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, and so much more. You’ve got one week to get a head start. Fire up the oven, get thee to the cutting board, and get ready to spend next Thursday feeling grateful, not frazzled.

We’ll be posting a recipe (or group of recipes) here every day until November 26. Click on the photo or link on your phone or tablet to see this article in the app, and check back tomorrow for more!

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Happy cooking!