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10 Make Ahead Christmas Recipes to Save You Tons of Time

Christmas Day cooking can be a tad stressful for the person taking on the main cooking responsibility, what with a big roast, trimmings, desserts, and other courses on your hands. Make ahead dishes can help you get organised and save time on the day so you can enjoy the celebrations too! Here are 10 Make Ahead Christmas Recipes to Save You Tons of Time:

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#1. Christmas Breakfast Casserole

This Make Ahead Christmas Sausage Breakfast Casserole from Meaningfulmama.com is handy for any big breakfast or brunch. You can leave out the mushrooms if you have any mushroom-averse eaters.

It’s a recipe the kids can help prep on Christmas Eve too, then all you need to do is refrigerate and bake on the day for an hour.

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Image credit Meaningfulmama

#2. Cranberry and Orange Sauce

Fresh cranberries start appearing in grocery stores around mid-November, so snap up a few bags and stash them in the freezer to make sure you have a supply ready for holiday cooking and baking.

Make your Cranberry sauce up to a week in advance with this delicious Cranberry and Orange Sauce recipe which will keep, covered, for 1 week in the fridge.

Cranberry sauce

#3. Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

This recipe from Betty Crocker for Do-Ahead Mashed Potatoes has just six ingredients (two of which are salt and pepper) and can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time, refrigerated, and baked when you’re ready for a no-stress, no-fuss side.

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Image credit Betty Crocker

#4. Red Cabbage with Basalmic Vinegar and Cranberries

This is a handy recipe from BBC Good Food for Red Cabbage with Balsamic Vinegar and Cranberries which will keep for up to four days in the fridge, or for up to 1 month in the freezer.

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Image credit BBC Good Food

#5. Jamie Oliver’s Make Ahead Gravy

The great thing about this Turkey Gravy recipe from Jamie Oliver is you can make it a few days, or even weeks before Christmas then finish it on Christmas Day. It uses chicken wings as the basis.

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Image credit Jamie Oliver

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