Make It Now, Bake It Later

Easter,Featured Article,Holidays,Recipes,Special Occasions
April 21, 2011

Six make-ahead brunch and dinner dishes ideal for holiday meals and cozy get-togethers.


When it comes to cooking something special for a holiday meal or a family potluck, you have to pick your battles. Do you want a wow-factor dish that take hours of prep time or do you need something that you can whip up now and bake up later?

If you're multi-tasked out or just plain tired this Easter, why not lay down your sword and leave the rack of lamb for another day? Here are six make-ahead brunch and dinner dishes made with fresh, wholesome ingredients—all travel well and most can be assembled at least a day or two before you need them. To store, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate uncooked until show time.


Alsatian Crustless Breakfast Tarts

Brighten up brunch with these delightfully delicate egg and onion tarts.

spinach and goat cheese

Herbed Spinach and Goat Cheese Strata

Stratas are perfect for entertaining because they let you do the prep work in advance.


Southwestern Breakfast Casserole

Chorizo and peppers heat up baked eggs.


Chicken Tetrazzini

The traditional Italian baked pasta, with chicken, cheese, sherry and nutmeg.

Seafood Lasagna with Scallops and Tilapia

A delicately flavored variation of lasagna using fish fillets and scallops.


Turkey and Ham Bake Supreme

This old-fashioned casserole features lots of crunchy topping.


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