10 Dinner Party Dishes to Freeze and Serve Later

Freeze now and serve later with these delicious recipes

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Sweet potato casserole is favored by many.

I like to consider myself the ultimate host. My aunt Teresa would always plan elaborate last-minute dinners, and I always wondered how she did it. Now that I know better, I realize that she prepared a few dishes in advance and stuck them in the freezer until party time. That’s why I’m sharing a few dishes that are great for freezing and serving later.

10 Dinner Party Dishes to Freeze and Serve Later

The holidays are approaching, which means you’ll probably be hosting a family dinner. A week or two prior to hosting, you can whip up the Chicken Pot Pie Casserole. It’s warming, savory, and tastes perfect when re-baked and served.

Another great dish to freeze now and serve later is the Beef and Sausage Lasagna — and who doesn’t love lasagna? There are a ton of ways to make this classic baked pasta dish. Whether you’re vegan, lactose-intolerant, vegetarian, or carnivorous, lasagna is the perfect dish for you.

What I love most about lasagna and casseroles is that you can easily make them ahead, freeze, and enjoy later. Here are a few more party-friendly make-ahead dishes.

Beef and Sausage Lasagna

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This easy, cheesy lasagna recipe uses both beef and Italian sausages for a hearty, flavorful baked pasta dish. Add some heat with hot Italian sausage and a pinch of red pepper flakes in the marinara sauce.

Click here for Beef and Sausage Lasagna recipe.

Black Bean Enchilada Casserole

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This easy vegetarian black bean casserole is loaded with cheese and flavor thanks to garlic, onion, and chopped green chiles. It also uses goat cheese for a fresh, salty character. — Pillsbury
Click here for the Black Bean Enchilada Casserole recipe.