15 Holiday Foods to Make Ahead

 

The last mad dash of holiday preparations always has my hair standing on end. There’s so much to do in those last few days before the guests descend and the actual merry-making begins that the lead-up to Christmas can feel somewhat less than merry.

 

I’ve decided to take control this year by thinking about what recipes I can make ahead of time by a day . . . or three. Plenty of the food I want to serve will keep for a bit, and might even improve with the aging. So this year, my dinner table might well sport some of the following make-ahead options.

Side Dishes

From potatoes to stuffing, here are some of the dishes I’m considering.  I love that these can be made ahead of time.  Thank you FoodNetwork, Better Homes and Gardens, and AllRecipes!

Scalloped potato gratin

Garlic mashed potatoes

Sweet potatoes with toasted pecans

Green beans with toasted almonds

Sausage, apple, and cranberry stuffing

Accompaniments

It makes me happy that there are so many things that I can make ahead and check off my list for last minute meal preparations.  Here are more ideas for things to make ahead of time.  I might even simplify further if I can find cranberry and cinnamon goat cheese at the grocery store or at Costco.

Rosemary pecans

Goat cheese spread

Cranberry and orange relish

Christmas chutney

Chunky applesauce

Desserts

Desserts might be the most fun thing to make ahead!  I’m not sure why but they really are better if all the flavors meld together for a few days.  Here are some ideas for make ahead dishes:

Old-fashioned lattice-top apple pie

Pressed-crust pear tart

Chocolate pecan pie

Beatty’s chocolate cake

Christmas sugar cookies

What are you favorite holiday foods to make? What dishes do you make ahead of time?

Jessica Johnson

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December 14, 2012

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Marketing Director Extra Space Storage After an internship with a marketing company changed her passion from computer science, Jessica obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. Now Marketing Director for Extra Space Storage, Jessica oversees all of the company's social media profiles and is in charge of all brand marketing efforts. Jessica, an avid goal setter, reads three books each month. Another of her goals, doing something new each year, has brought her to become SCUBA certified, playing in a kickball league, learn to fly fish, and volunteer at the Sundance Film Festival. She also enjoys traveling and trying different and exotic foods. Visit Jessica Johnson on Google+

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