We know you guys are starting to stress out about the holidays (and we are too maybe just a little). So we’re starting to plan out all the small things we can do in advance to alleviate some of that last-minute, harried running around. And so many side dishes can be made a few days ahead or even a few weeks ahead and frozen.
This list is not just dishes we like: These are tried and true dishes from our friends and colleagues who make them year after year to rave reviews. But don’t take our word for it — try out some of these make-ahead wonders at your holiday meals this year.
Imam Bayeldi from Ronnie Fein, (eggplant and tomato salad)
Rice and grain dishes
Prounounced: KOO-gull (oo as in book), Origin: Yiddish, traditional Ashkenazi casserole frequently made with egg noodles or potatoes.
Pronounced: roshe hah-SHAH-nah, also roshe ha-shah-NAH, Origin: Hebrew, the Jewish new year.