Appetizers and drinks are really a necessity for the holidays. There's no better way to welcome guests into your home than to offer a tray of delicious appetizers pulled fresh from the oven paired with a tasty cocktail. But who wants to be rushing around cooking and mixing while your guests are there? The solution is to have some appetizers and drinks stored in your freezer for instant entertaining.
If this list doesn't include a family favorite you'd like to include, you might want... to test it out before you freeze and serve—not all food freeze and reheat well. Make a batch and bake only a few—take the rest and wrap them in air-tight containers and freeze for a week or so. Then you need to see how they bake up best—either straight from the freezer, or first thawing in the fridge and then baking. Taste and compare all three versions. If the recipe is still delicious, include it in your collection of freezable appetizers, and make a note about the best thawing and reheating instructions.
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This appetizer is ideal for fans of potato skins, baked potatoes, and twice baked potatoes—so, everyone! Russet potato halves are hollowed out and then the flesh is mixed with sour cream, bacon, and cheddar cheese and put back in the skins and baked until puffed up and golden brown. If potato halves seem too big for appetizer portions you can slice into pieces—you may want to do this after they are frozen for cleaner cuts. These baked stuffed potatoes can be frozen up to four months and baked straight from the freezer.
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Mushrooms and Swiss cheese are the fillings for these tiny quiches, but you can use other ingredients if you prefer—think about using cooked shrimp, cubed ham, other sauteed vegetables, or just lots of cheese! These mini quiches can be frozen up to three months; to reheat, place frozen quiches on a cookie sheet and pop in the oven.
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This recipe for jalapeño poppers is just like the appetizers from your favorite restaurant! You can make these as spicy or mild as you like by using Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese, adjusting the amount of chili powder, and seeding or not seeding the peppers. If you are making ahead and freezing, don't fry the poppers—place uncooked in the freezer and then bake before serving.
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These little balls are packed full of flavor from the sausage and Cheddar cheese. With only a few ingredients—including biscuit mix—these sausage balls are quick and easy to put together. If you are going to make them ahead of time, place individual uncooked rolled balls on a cookie sheet, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and freeze until ready to bake.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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A popular Southern appetizer, cheese straws are the ideal addition to the holiday hors d'oeuvre table. The crispy texture and cheesy flavor will complement many other foods and drink and are sure to please all of your guests. The dough is quickly mixed in the food processor and then formed into thin logs. If made ahead, they can be frozen until ready to bake.
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By using store-bought crescent roll dough these adorable pizza wheels come together in no time. Fill with favorite pizza toppings such as pepperoni, mushrooms, and peppers, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, spoon on some pizza sauce and roll up. Slice into wheels and place on a baking sheet. If making in advance, now is the time to cover well and freeze. Then bake straight from the freezer before ready to serve.
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This is a favorite punch recipe, even though it can be a bit of work to prepare—straining the banana mixture takes some time, but it's really necessary for the best flavor and texture. A simple syrup is mixed with the banana along with juices and is frozen. The day of the party, thaw at room temperature for a couple hours, pour into a punch bowl, add some ginger ale, and serve.
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Although most of us think of being on a tropical beach while drinking a strawberry daiquiri, their red color and festive character are perfect for the holiday season! And, since daiquiris are frozen, to begin with, and alcohol doesn't freeze, this cocktail is ideal for making ahead of time and keeping in the freezer. Just let sit for a few minutes before serving so it can soften a bit.