Apple and Pomegranate Cranberry Salsa 1 of 7Forget cranberry sauce from a jar — this cranberry salsa features crunchy apples and juicy pomegranates with a zing of orange. No one will suspect this fresh-tasting side dish was made ahead of time.
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Leek and Mushroom Wild Rice 2 of 7This nutty wild rice paired with leeks and mushrooms is the side dish that keeps on giving — not only can you make it ahead of time, but leftovers make a great addition to homemade soups post-holiday.
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Sweet Potato Casserole 3 of 7This sweet and crunchy holiday classic is sure to get your guests going back for seconds. They’ll never know it only took you seconds to put together.
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Apple Tartlets 4 of 7Forgo the plates and forks but not the classic apple pie. These kid-approved tartlets can be prepared up to two weeks before the holiday and are just the right size for tiny hands.
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Pumpkin Pie with Cardamom Cream 5 of 7The addition of cardamom cream sets this pumpkin pie apart from the rest. Make the pie two days ahead of time and then pipe on the cream for an extra-special presentation.
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Cheesy au Gratin Potatoes 6 of 7Before the big day, bake up a huge pan of these easy and cheesy au gratin potatoes with fresh herbs. Trust us when we say huge pan — your family will gobble up this creamy dish in no time!
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Green-Bean Casserole with Homemade Fried Onions 7 of 7This fancy-schmancy version of the beloved holiday staple swaps out the condensed soup for a whole lot of homemade goodness — including fried onions!
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