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Dishes to make ahead on Thanksgiving: stuffing and m&c?

Do you guys think that either stuffing (cornbread with apples and cranberries) or macaroni & cheese would suffer texturally or in any other way if made the day before Thanksgiving? And baked after the turkey comes out of the oven to rest? Would M&C get mushy? Would stuffing get soggy? I have the day before off, and would like to do a lot of prep then.

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  1. We always do stuffing the night before, and have never had any issues - but maybe that's because we ALWAYS have done it that way and wouldn't know the difference.
    For the mac and cheese, could you keep the components seperate and then combine them just before baking? Maybe if you undercooked the pasta it wouldn't turn to mush overnight, but would then finish while baking.

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    1. re: ghbrooklyn

      I always do my stuffing the night before also (bread with dried fruit, sausage, and chestnuts).

    2. I know for a fact you can make a batch of macaroni and cheese the day before, bake it off, then rewarm in the oven the next day. It will be fine.
      If you're talking about assembling, but not cooking, I probably wouldn't recommend it with the mac. I would imagine the pasta would get soggy, but no reason not to bake it the day before and rewarm. I think the flavors actually are better on the second day.

      I would imagine you could do the same with stuffing, but I never have.

      1. I always do my macaroni and cheese the night before, but I don't bake it -- I combine everything, put it in the pan, and then cover and refrigerate, then slide it into the oven about 40 minutes before eating time, and it's perfect.

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        1. WE always make our stuffing the night before. We don't have mac n cheese on Thanksgiving, but I have prepped and put into my clay pot in the morning, and then into the oven to bake at night. Always seems fine. But i have never baked it the day before serving. If you do add breadcrumbs to the top, just add them before baking.

          1. Thanks guys. I think I have decided to maybe do stuffing the day before and do m&c while turkey is in the oven. Ghbrooklyn, email me if you are interested in a chow meal that's going on tonight at Yemen Cafe. scarroll8@nyc.rr.com