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Freeze Your Feast: The Ultimate Make-Ahead Thanksgiving

Behold, an entire Thanksgiving feast that can be made ahead! Every dish in this menu freezes beautifully, from turkey to green bean casserole to pie.

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Recipes for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

This year, Food Network Kitchen took on a major Thanksgiving challenge: Is it possible to make the entire feast ahead? They tested, tweaked and retested to come up with a full Thanksgiving menu that freezes beautifully, which means you can say goodbye to that typically chaotic week before the feast. With these recipes in your arsenal, the whole meal will be sitting pretty in the freezer, ready for the big day.

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Make-Ahead Roasted Turkey Breast

Timing your turkey can be the most nerve-racking part of your holiday dinner, so stress less and make it 100 percent ahead! Brining the breast makes it extra moist and flavorful. Roast and freeze it, then simply thaw, slice and reheat with an herbed butter. Keep the wishbone and use it to hope for something really fun (you've got the relaxed-dinner thing covered).

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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

If you're trying to get ahead of the holidays, you can check gravy off your day-of to-do list. This simple gravy is made with turkey stock (if you happen to have it) or chicken broth, and enriched with a roasted turkey wing, leg or neck. For chicken gravy, you can use leftover wings or bones from a roasted chicken.

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Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole

Dedicate just a little bit of your freezer space to this crowd-pleasing casserole and save yourself some time during the hectic days right before Thanksgiving. Make the green bean-and-mushroom favorite (no canned soup required), then freeze and forget it. To serve, just reheat (from frozen) and top with crunchy fried onions.

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