The Best Holiday Dishes to Make Ahead

From decorating your Christmas tree to shopping for a one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone, there are plenty of things that you can do to prepare for the holiday season ahead of time. But what’s a holiday celebration without fantastic food? We have 39 festive make-ahead holiday recipes that you can start now and save for later.

Looking for an indulgent make-ahead dessert recipe? Try your hand at the No-Bake Chocolate-Eggnog Creme Brulee that’s pictured here. Bittersweet chocolate brings the rich, dark color and ground cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg add the classic spiced flavors that everyone associates with the holiday season. The combination is a joyful one—even better, you can make this dessert up to two days before you plan to serve it.

We also have several casserole recipes for the holidays that you can partially—and in some cases—fully prepare in advance. Dishes such as beef stew, lasagna, and

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