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Dec 7, 2004 03:43 PM

Looking for recipes that freeze well

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Hi, my in-laws are staying over to watch our dogs while we are away. I want to have food ready for them. I am looking for recipes that would freeze well. I DON'T mean ones where you can freeze and reheat. I am looking for ones where you can prepare and assemble, stick in the freezer. And then the in-laws can take it out and stick it in the oven and bake until done. I am already planning to have a pan of lasagna. What else can you suggest? Thanks!

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    Jennie Sheeks

    If you look down the board (use Ctrl F, search word "freeze) there are a couple of threads about make ahead meals and soups that freeze well. These may be helpful to you.

    Throw some chicken pieces in a ziploc with marinade. Defrost, place in a baking dish and roast in the oven till done, finishing under the broiler if they like the skin browned.

    Shepherd's pie (I think there's a thread on this down the board too), enchiladas and pizzas would work well also.

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    1. re: Jennie Sheeks

      Hi Jennie, thanks for your help. I had already gone through the threads before. But they mostly have recipes that "cooks, freezes, and reheat", rather than "assembles, freezes, thaws, and cooks".

      1. re: Cecilia
        Jennie Sheeks

        Cecelia, what about chicken or eggplant parmesan (might need to be covered in foil) or meatloaf? If I have time later tonight I'll try to post a Nigella chicken recipe that would fit your "assembles, freezes, thaws, and cooks" requirement

        An obvious thing, but don't forget make & freeze your dish in a metal or aluminum container. My Mom put a partially thawed chile rellenos that had been frozen in a ceramic casserole dish and the dish cracked in the oven half way through cooking.

        1. re: Jennie Sheeks
          Jennie Sheeks

          Chicken St. Tropez

          You will need:
          10 pieces of chicken
          juice of 1 lemon
          1/4 c. olive oil
          1/4 c. honey
          1/4 c. rose or white wine
          2 smashed garlic cloves
          1 T. mixed herbs (like rosemary & thyme) with lavender

          Put chicken parts in a big ziploc. In a bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, honey and wine. Stir till honey dissolves. Pour into the ziploc, dump in the garlic & herbs. Smush the ingredients around, seal the bag & refrigerate 12 hours or more (or freeze).
          Put chicken skin side up, with marinade in a pan and cover with foil. Cook at 325 for 2 hours, then take off the foil, increase heat to 425 and cook till skin is browned (15-25 minutes more). Careful though, the honey makes it want to burn.
          If you want, when the chicken is done, skim the fat from the drippings and reduce with about 1/4 c. water till golden.

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      babette feasts