Your secret weapon this Thanksgiving? Nope, it's not the slow cooker.
Side Dish: Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons
Credit: Iain Bagwell

Oven space is prime real estate on Thanksgiving. Unless you're lucky enough to have a double oven, there's usually never enough room to heat up or cook everything at the same time. That's where your trusty microwave can come in. Many Thanksgiving dishes, especially potatoes, can be made ahead and quickly reheated right before everyone sits down to dinner. And some dishes, like dressings and casseroles, can taste even better when made a day or two in advance because the flavors have had time to meld together. Save oven space and save time in the kitchen on the busiest food holiday of the year. Read on for Thanksgiving dishes you can make-ahead and reheat in the microwave, and the best way to do it.

The Gravy
How-to: Follow the recipe, then reheat (in a microwave-safe bowl) on MEDIUM for 30-second intervals until hot. Stir the gravy in between intervals, if needed. Try our ultimate make-ahead gravy this year.