Last week we filmed an episode of the cooking show. Donna, the producer of the show, suggested coming up with recipes that could be prepared in advance and then reheated when unexpected guests drop by during the holiday season.
For the record, let me state that I love having unexpected (or short-notice) guests drop by, any time of year. Consider that your invitation, friends.
My friend, Kelly, cooked with me. Within 90 minutes, we had cooked all that you see in these pictures.
You can mix up this dough in no time. Roll it into a cylinder shape, wrap it in plastic wrap and put it into your fridge for slice-and-bake cookies on a moment's notice.
Here's the printable recipe.
These mushrooms are easy to stuff in advance, then place into your freezer to be baked at a later date. Here's the printable recipe.
Using the same dough as a base, you can make these soft, puffy, fluffy appetizers with bacon & cheddar or with shrimp. Did I mention that the soft and fluffy on the inside (yet crunchy on the outside) dough is to die for? Serve them warm from the oven, or let them cool completely and freeze in a zip lock freezer bag. When frozen, they reheat in a matter of minutes. Here's the printable recipe.
Okay, these are not something that you can prep in advance and freeze...but this recipe is so easy to make and so good I just had to include it. Simply melt the cheeses (takes about 3 minutes in your microwave) and sauté some chopped mushrooms and lobster, stir it together and voila! Serve as a dip, with pita chips or tortilla chips for dipping, or spoon it into phyllo cups and bake for a couple of minutes. Here's the printable recipe.