50 Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes


I am always looking for something new and easy to serve for Thanksgiving dinner.

If I can make it in advance, I am even happier with a recipe.

50 Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

50 Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

First off....

10 Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

1. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621.
Attending were the Pilgrims along with Wampanoag Indians.

The legacy of thanks and the feast have survived the centuries, as the event became a national holiday 151 years ago Later, President Franklin Roosevelt clarified that Thanksgiving should always be celebrated on the fourth Thursday of the month to encourage earlier holiday shopping, never on the occasional fifth Thursday.

2. The first Thanksgiving celebration lasted three days.
Not on the table those 3 days; mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies, corn on the cob.

3. I wasn't until October of 1863 that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of thanksgiving.

4. Just how many turkeys this year?
The census department says 242 million-down 5 percent from the number raised during 2012. Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,

5. Thanksgiving was how the TV dinner was born.
Apparently, in the 1950's the folks at Swanson's had a lot of left over turkey and the TV dinner was the solution used to use these turkeys.

6. What do plumbers and retail stores have in common?
The day after Thanksgiving is their busies day.

7. Where are the turkey's coming from this year?
The census department says 45 million from Minnesota will raise in 2014. Followed by North Carolina (35 million), Arkansas (29 million), Indiana (17 million), Missouri (17 million), and Virginia (16 million).

8.It was Ben Franklin who suggested that the turkey be the official United States bird.

9.The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds

10.4,500 calories-According to research from the Calorie Control Council, the average American may consume more than 4,500 calories and a whopping 229 grams of fat from snacking and eating a traditional holiday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings.

50 Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes

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  1. What an awesome collection of recipes! Thank you!

  2. Great collection! The roasted brussel sprouts sound the best to me.

  3. Wow - not just for Thanksgiving! A lot of these recipes would be excellent sides for any meal.
    Pinned for future use - thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the thought you put behind all of this, I do enjoy turkey, and its good to see ideas on having some fresh ideas for Thanksgiving.



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