You never thought hosting Thanksgiving dinner would be easy. But how the heck are you supposed to referee the drama and refill the wine glasses when you’ve got turkey timers to check and mashed potatoes to stir? This year, go easy on yourself and whip up these 13 (freezable) Thanksgiving recipes ahead of time.

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HORS D’OEUVRE: GRUYERE AND HAZELNUT CRACKERS

The dough will keep in the freezer for up to two months. A few days before, slice it up, bake and serve (with creamy store-bought cheese).

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HORS D’OEUVRE: CRANBERRY MEATBALLS

Freeze these bite-sized bad boys for up to one month in advance. Then thaw and serve with a side of cranberry sauce (no, you don’t have to make it from scratch).

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Hors d’Oeuvre: Gruyère, Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Tarts

A tray of these will jump-start your guests' appetites. But until then, you can keep 'em in the freezer.

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HORS D’OEUVRE: MUSHROOM TURNOVERS

Before you cook 'em, layer the turnovers on a baking sheet and freeze. Next, transfer them to a zip-top freezer bag—they’ll keep for up to one month. 

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FIRST COURSE: BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

All you have to add on the day of is the crème fraîche.

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MAIN COURSE: TURKEY

Newsflash: You can make turkey in advance—the secret is freezing the perfectly cooked meat already sliced.

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SIDE: GARLIC HERB MASHED POTATOES

Using lots of full-fat milk will ensure these spuds taste delicious after they're thawed.

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SIDE: CHEDDAR GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Pop this cheesy goodness in the freezer and it’ll keep for up to two months.

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SIDE: CIABATTA AND SAUSAGE STUFFING

Good news: All stuffing keeps for weeks in the freezer! Just be sure it’s completely defrosted before reheating.

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Side: Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallow and Pecan Struesel

Freeze a batch without the topping, then add it right before you're ready to reheat to keep it crunchy.

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Side: Turkey Gravy

Pour this decadent gravy into freezer bags, then transfer it into a microwave-safe bowl and zap it on the big day.

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Side: Classic Stuffing

Added plus: You can cook this in the slow-cooker.

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DESSERT: APPLE PIE

Fruit pies are easy to freeze ahead and bake the night before Thanksgiving.

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