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Meals and hors d'oeuvres that freeze well


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Meals and hors d'oeuvres that freeze well

littlegreenpea | Oct 21, 2007 10:43 AM

For Christmas, I'm considering making my mom and step-father, as well as my inlaws, a bunch of dishes for the freezer... things that they can pull out with minimal planning, and still have a great homemade meal. I'd like some combination of hors d'oeuvres (maybe appropriate for serving company) and main course dishes. Assuming that they have enough space in their respective freezers, I thought this would be a unique gift (and appropriate, since I'm broke, I like to cook and I'll have a few days to spare before Christmas).

My family is kind of meat and potatoes, but my in-laws are less so (and a little more adventurous).

On the list of maybes:
beef bourguignonne
Marcella Hazan's bolognese sauce
butternut squash soup
cinnamon curried chicken (and spiced lentil mash)*
lamb tajine with plums and honey*
mini leek pies*

* Would these freeze well?

And what kind of appetizer things would you recommend? I've heard that puff pastry cheese straws might work, but I don't really know what they are. It's occurred to me that spanikopita, mini crab cakes and spiced nuts might fit the bill here.

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