Make Ahead Recipes
Overnight: These dishes require some day-before preparation, so you’ll have less to do the day of the party.
Crockpot Morning Casserole: Perfect for a brunch get-together, this dish will cook all night long, so it will be waiting for you the next morning.
Party Chicken: This simple dish needs to be refrigerated overnight. Then, it slow cooks for 3 hours the next day, so you can put it in the oven and forget about it.
Overnight Cinnamon Rolls: Make them the night before, let them rise overnight, then bake them the next day.
Shrimp Roll Ups: Let these fun appetizers marinate through the night so they’ll be full of flavor the next day.
Creamy Cheddar Cheese Soup: This recipe thickens with time. Just heat it on the stove or in your crockpot the next day.
Cook Later: Prep these meals early in the day and cook them later on.
Marinated Char-Grilled Chicken Breast: Marinate these in the morning and grill ‘em up once the guests arrive.
Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce: Make the cheese mixture and meat sauce early, then assemble the lasagna and pop in the oven when you’re ready.
Sicilian Pizza: Pizzas are great for casual parties- just store them in the cold oven and turn it on when people show up.
Garden Stuffed Baked Potatoes: Stuff these potatoes with veggies and cheese and bake them later.
Make Ahead Spinach Phyllo Rolls Ups: You can make these appetizers up to 3 months in advance, freeze them, and bake them on the day of your party.
Refrigerate: Make these dishes on the morning of the party then throw them in the fridge until party time.
Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing: A tropical fruit salad that actually tastes better if you let it sit in the fridge.
Asian Turkey Wraps: These sandwich wraps will add some spice to any BBQ or lunch get-together.
Tortellini Salad: This fabulous pasta salad gets its flavor from black olives, feta cheese, and lemon juice.
Harvest Salad: Remember to wait until it’s time to eat to dress the salad!
Best Deviled Eggs Ever: These rich deviled eggs need to chill for about an hour anyways, so don’t feel guilty about leaving them in the fridge.