10 Dinner Party Dishes to Freeze and Serve Later Slideshow

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Freeze now and serve later with these delicious recipes

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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

Thinkstock / Andrea Skjold

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.

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.

Broccoli Rice Casserole

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Any parent will tell you that kids will only eat broccoli if it’s covered in cheese sauce! But that doesn’t mean cheesy broccoli is just for kids; everyone will love this warm, creamy, one-dish wonder made with broccoli, rice, and cheese sauce. — Kristie Collado
Click here for the Broccoli Rice Casserole recipe.

Butternut Squash Casserole

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This creamy casserole is reminiscent of a holiday sweet potato bake, minus the marshmallows. Butternut squash is mashed, then mixed with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg before being baked in the oven to sweet-and-savory perfection. — Kristie Collado
Click here for the Butternut Squash Casserole recipe.

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

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You can’t talk about warm, oven-baked chicken dishes without mentioning chicken pot pie. This classic casserole requires you to make a creamy sauce from scratch, but you make up the time later by using a premade pie crust. — Kristie Collado
Click here for the Chicken Pot Pie Casserole recipe.

Hot-Spiced Pork and Rice

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If you’re looking for a way to spice up pork, try this delicious casserole from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. With soy sauce, molasses, chili paste, and five-spice powder, this dish is loaded with flavor. — Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook
Click here for the Hot-Spiced Pork and Rice recipe.

Lemon Curry Chicken Casserole

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Canned soup is a classic casserole shortcut. This chicken casserole adds curry powder and ground ginger to cream of chicken soup to give a subtle Indian flavor to the dish. — Kristie Collado
Click here for the Lemon Curry Chicken Casserole recipe.

Potato Bacon Casserole

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Whether you’re planning brunch or are in search of a starchy side dish for dinner, this super easy casserole made with frozen shredded hash browns is a must-try. It calls for eight strips of cooked, crumbled bacon, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute cooked sausage or ham. — Kristie Collado
Click here for the Potato Bacon Casserole recipe.

Sausage Chicken and White Bean Gratin

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The celebrated cassoulet of France inspired this stick-to-your-ribs dish, which uses chicken breast instead of the traditional duck or goose. Our big batch of this recipe from the One Pot cookbook is great for a party. — Martha Stewart Living
Click here for the Sausage Chicken and White Bean Gratin recipe.

Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole

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If you love sweet potato casserole but aren’t a fan of the marshmallows, try this rum-spiked, fruit-sweetened version instead. It has apples, orange juice, and cinnamon for an authentic holiday flavor. — Kristie Collado
Click here for the Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole recipe.