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This comprehensive collection of versatile recipes—from party-worthy appetizers to family dinners to brunch and holiday recipes to stunning desserts as well as everything in between—helps home cooks plan and cook on their schedule. Most other cookbooks focus only on stocking the freezer, but The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook takes it much further with prep-ahead recipes, casseroles that go from fridge to oven, helpful slow cooker recipes, and dishes made for entertaining. (Also, every recipe can be made all the way through and served right away!)

Appetizers

Herbed Spinach Dip
Spinach Dip with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Cilantro-Lime Spinach Dip
Creamy Blue Cheese Dip
Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Dip
Olive Oil–Sea Salt Pita Chips
Rosemary-Parmesan Pita Chips
Easy, Creamy Dips with Crudités
Caesar Dip with Parmesan and Anchovies
Green Goddess Dip
Chipotle-Lime Dip with Scallions
Creamy Horseradish Dip
Classic Hummus
Artichoke-Lemon Hummus
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Guacamole
Tomatillo Salsa
Crostini and Toppings
Arugula Pesto and Goat Cheese Topping
Artichoke Heart and Parmesan Topping
Ricotta, Tomato, and Basil Topping
Black Olive Tapenade and Ricotta Topping
Ultimate Seven-Layer Dip  
Ultimate Smoky Seven-Layer Dip
Roasted Artichoke Dip
Baked Brie en Croûte
Pimento Cheese
Marinated Artichokes
Marinated Olives
Crispy Spiced Chickpeas
Spiced Nuts
Cinnamon-Spiced Nuts
Classic Deviled Eggs
Curry Deviled Eggs
Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs
Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Gorgonzola
Cheddar Cheese Coins
Parmesan and Rosemary Cheese Coins
Gruyère, Mustard, and Caraway Cheese Coins
Fresh Vegetable Spring Rolls
Classic Shrimp Cocktail with Horseradish
Cocktail Sauce n
Broiled Coriander-Lemon Shrimp
Scallion Pancakes with Dipping Sauce
Cocktail Mini Crab Cakes
Stuffed Mushrooms with Parmesan and Thyme
Stuffed Mushrooms with Cheddar, Fennel, and Sage
Stuffed Mushrooms with Olives and Goat Cheese
Stuffed Mushrooms with Chorizo and Manchego
Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Blue Cheese
Stuffed Jalapeños
Mini Chicken Empanadas
Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Beef Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
Buffalo Wings
Korean Fried Chicken Wings
Tomato and Mozzarella Tart
Rustic Caramelized Onion Tart with Goat Cheese

Soups, Stews, and Chilis

Soups
Chicken Stock
Beef Stock
Vegetable Broth Base
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
Italian Chicken Soup with Parmesan Dumplings
Ultimate French Onion Soup
Turkish Tomato, Bulgur, and Red Pepper Soup
Sicilian Chickpea and Escarole Soup
Tuscan White Bean Soup
Hearty Spanish-Style Lentil and Chorizo Soup with Kale
Curried Vegetarian Lentil Soup
Classic Gazpacho
Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup
Carrot-Ginger Soup
Butternut Squash Soup
Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Classic Croutons
Garlic Croutons
Cinnamon-Sugar Croutons
New England Clam Chowder
Provençal Fish Soup

Stews
Classic Beef Stew
Modern Beef Burgundy
Daube Provençal
Pork Vindaloo
Pork Posole
Moroccan Lamb and White Bean Stew
Best Chicken Stew
Chickpea Stew with Spinach, Chorizo, and Smoked Paprika
Italian Vegetable Stew

Chilis
All-American Beef Chili
Ultimate Beef Chili
Easier Chili Con Carne
Hearty Beef Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans
Colorado Green Chili
White Chicken Chili
Tequila-Lime Turkey Chili
Ultimate Vegetarian Chili
Black Bean Chili
Butternut Squash Chili with Quinoa

Salads

Classic Caesar Salad
Croutons for Caesar Salad
Kale Caesar Salad (preview recipe online)
Simple Green Salads and Vinaigrettes
Spinach and Frisée with Blueberries, Feta, and Almonds
Arugula Salad with Fennel and Parmesan
Mixed Greens with Asparagus and Shredded Carrots
Make-Ahead Vinaigrette
Make-Ahead Sherry-Shallot Vinaigrette
Make-Ahead Lemon, Garlic, and Chive Vinaigrette
Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Chopped Salad
Easy-Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs
Brussels Sprout Salad with Pecorino and Pine Nuts
Broccoli Salad with Raisins and Walnuts
Braised Beet Salad with Lemon and Almonds
Braised Beet Salad with Lime and Pepitas
Braised Beet Salad with Orange and Walnuts
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Za’atar and Parsley
Celery Root Salad with Apple and Parsley
Celery Root Salad with Red Onion, Mint, Orange, and Fennel Seeds
Algerian-Style Fennel, Orange, and Olive Salad
Couscous Salad with Lemon and Parsley
Couscous Salad with Feta and Olives
Couscous Salad with Cilantro and Pepitas
Couscous Salad with Cherries and Goat Cheese
Pearl Couscous Salad with Radishes and Watercress
Pearl Couscous Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Ricotta Salata
Quinoa, Black Bean, and Mango Salad with Lime Dressing (preview recipe online)
Wheat Berry Salad with Orange and Carrots
Farro Salad with Butternut Squash, Radicchio, and Blue Cheese
Farro Salad with Asparagus, Snap Peas, Tomatoes, and Feta
Egyptian Barley Salad
Bulgur Salad with Grapes and Feta
Lentil Salad with Olives, Mint, and Feta
Lentil Salad with Hazelnuts and Goat Cheese
Lentil Salad with Carrots and Cilantro
Black-Eyed Peas with Walnuts and Pomegranate
Dukkah
Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Arugula, and Olives
Chickpea Salad with Fennel and Arugula
Chickpea Salad with Carrots, Raisins, and Almonds
White Bean Salad
White Bean Salad with Tomatoes and Olives
Buttermilk Coleslaw
Buttermilk Coleslaw with Scallions and Cilantro
Lemony Buttermilk Coleslaw
Classic Potato Salad
Classic Chicken Salad
Curried Chicken Salad with Cashews
Chicken Salad with Red Grapes and Smoked Almonds
Tuna Salad
Tuna Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Capers
Tuna Salad with Lemon and Dill
Egg Salad
Egg Salad with Radishes, Scallion, and Dill
Curried Egg Salad
Shrimp Salad
Moroccan Chicken Salad with Apricots and Almonds
Tofu Salad with Vegetables

Pasta and Pizza

Pasta Sauces
Classic Spaghetti Marinara
Pasta with Easy Meat Sauce
Spaghetti with Meatballs and Marinara
Pasta with Classic Bolognese Sauce
Pasta with Mushroom Bolognese Sauce
Penne with Garden Vegetable Sauce
Classic Basil Pesto
Parsley and Toasted Nut Pesto
Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
Green Olive and Orange Pesto
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Kale and Sun ower Seed Pesto
Parsley, Arugula, and Ricotta Pesto

Big-Batch Slow-Cooker Pasta Sauces
Slow-Cooker Farm Stand Tomato Sauce
Slow-Cooker Marinara Sauce
Slow-Cooker Meaty Tomato Sauce
Slow-Cooker Short Ribs and Red Wine Sauce
Slow-Cooker Spicy Sausage Ragu with Red Peppers

Pasta Casseroles
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Creamy Baked Four-Cheese Pasta
Creamy Corn and Tomato Pasta Bake (preview recipe online)
Chicken and Wild Mushroom Penne Bake
Baked Ziti with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
Baked Ziti with Ricotta Cheese
Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage
Hearty Meat Lasagna
Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Lasagna
Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant Lasagna
Stuffed Shells with Amatriciana Sauce
Baked Manicotti with Cheese Filling
Baked Manicotti with Prosciutto
Baked Manicotti with Puttanesca

Pasta Salads
Pasta Salad with Pesto
Cool and Creamy Macaroni Salad
Cool and Creamy Macaroni Salad with Curry, Apple, and Golden Raisins
Cool and Creamy Macaroni Salad with Sharp Cheddar and Chipotle
Cool and Creamy Macaroni Salad with Roasted Red Peppers and Capers
Tortellini Salad with Asparagus and Fresh Basil Vinaigrette
Fusilli Salad with Salami, Provolone, and Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Orzo Salad with Broccoli and Radicchio
Cold Soba Noodle Salad
Sesame Noodles with Chicken

Pizza
Simple Skillet Pizza
Ultimate Thin-Crust Pizza
Easy Pizza Sauce

Poultry

Stovetop Chicken
Breaded Chicken Cutlets
Best Chicken Parmesan
Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Sauce
Batter Fried Chicken
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Romesco Sauce
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Olive-Orange Sauce
Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts with Chickpea Salad
Stir-Fried Chicken with Snap Peas and Shiitakes

Baked Chicken and Chicken Casseroles
Chicken Baked in Foil with Sweet Potatoes and Radishes
Chicken Baked in Foil with Potatoes and Carrots
Baked Chicken with Spring Vegetables, Capers, and Lemon
Lemon–Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
One-Pan Roast Chicken Breasts with Butternut Squash and Kale
One-Pan Roast Chicken with Root Vegetables
Chicken Tikka Masala
Individual Chicken Pot Pies for the Freezer (preview the recipe online)
Classic Chicken Pot Pie
Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole with Peas, Carrots, and Cheddar
Curried Chicken and Coconut Rice Casserole with Lime-Yogurt Sauce
Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken Enchiladas
Grilled Chicken Kebabs
Grilled Tandoori-Style Chicken with Yogurt Sauce
Sweet and Tangy Grilled Barbecue Chicken
Grilled Chicken Diavolo
Huli Huli Chicken

Chicken Braises
Shredded Chicken Tacos
Chicken Provençal
Chicken Tagine with Chickpeas and Apricots
Spanish Braised Chicken with Sherry and Saffron

Whole Chickens and Cornish Game Hens
Never-Fail Crispy Roast Chicken
Za’atar Rubbed Butterflied Chicken with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette
Za’atar
Roasted Cornish Game Hens

Turkey
Turkey Burgers with Feta and Herbs
Mexican Lasagna with Turkey
Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast with Sour Orange Sauce

Meat

Beef
Grilled Teriyaki Steak Tips
Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak with Toasted Corn and Black Bean Salad
Grilled Sugar Steak
Skirt Steak with Pinto Bean Salad
Grilled Beef Kebabs
Steak Tacos
Beef Stir-Fry with Bell Peppers and Black Pepper Sauce
Herbed Roast Beef
Classic Beef Pot Roast
Beef Braised in Barolo
Braised Beef Short Ribs
Onion-Braised Beef Brisket
Corned Beef and Cabbage
Shepherd’s Pie
Beef Tamale Pie
Spicy Beef Taco Bake
All-American Meatloaf
Beef and Bean Burritos

Pork
Breaded Pork Chops
Thick-Cut Pork Chops with Spicy Red Pepper Relish
Cider-Braised Pork Chops
Sausage and White Beans with Mustard Greens
Provençal Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Shallots
Grilled Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Piquillo Pepper and Manchego Stuffing
Grilled Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Artichoke and Porcini Stuffing
Roasted Pork Loin with Potatoes and Mustard Sauce
Roasted Spice-Stuffed Pork Loin
Shredded Pork Tostadas
Sweet and Tangy Grilled Country-Style Ribs
Indoor Barbecue Ribs

Lamb
Lamb Kofte
Greek-Style Lamb Pita Sandwiches with Tzatziki Sauce
Grilled Lamb Shish Kebabs
Grilled Lamb Shoulder Chops with Salsa Verde
Rack of Lamb with Mint-Almond Relish
Roast Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Coriander, Cumin, and Mustard Seeds
Braised Lamb Shanks

Cook-All-Day Entrées from the Slow Cooker
Slow-Cooker Classic Pot Roast
Slow-Cooker Cuban-Style Pork Roast with Mojo Sauce
​​​​​​​Slow-Cooker Braised Brisket and Onions

Fish and Seafood

Blackened Salmon
Grill-Smoked Salmon
“Smoked Salmon Platter” Sauce
Miso-Marinated Salmon
Herb-Poached Salmon with Cucumber and Dill Salad
Oven-Poached Side of Salmon
Crispy Breaded Cod Fillets
Oven-Fried Fish Sticks with Old Bay Dipping Sauce
Sicilian-Style Braised Halibut
Cod Baked in Foil with Leeks and Carrots
Cod Baked in Foil with Zucchini and Tomatoes
Thai-Style Fish and Creamy Coconut Couscous Packets (preview recipe online)
Pan-Roasted Swordfish with Chermoula
Grilled Swordfish Skewers with Caponata
Grilled Tuna Steaks with Lime-Ginger Vinaigrette
Spicy Grilled Fish Tacos
California Fish Tacos
Stuffed Sole Fillets
Sole Florentine
Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Cilantro–Red Pepper Sauce
Shrimp Burgers
Salmon Cakes
Cod Cakes with Garlic-Basil Aïoli
Maryland Corn and Crab Cakes with Rémoulade

Vegetarian Mains

Quinoa Patties
Chickpea Cakes
Falafel
Black Bean Burgers
Beet and Pinto Bean Burgers
Ultimate Veggie Burgers
Barley with Lentils, Mushrooms, and Tahini-Yogurt Sauce
Red Beans and Rice
Mushroom Ragout with Farro
Indian-Style Vegetable Curry with Potatoes and Cauliflower
Grilled Vegetable Kebabs
Grilled Soy-Ginger Glazed Tofu
Barbecued Tempeh Skewers
Pan-Seared Tempeh Steaks with Chimichurri
Stir-Fried Tempeh, Napa Cabbage, and Carrots
Eggplant Involtini
Stuffed Eggplant with Bulgur
Stuffed Acorn Squash with Barley, Fennel, and Sage
Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos
Roasted Poblano and Black Bean Enchiladas 276 Vegetable Pot Pie
Vegetable and Bean Tamale Pie
Rustic Polenta Casserole with Mushrooms and Swiss Chard
Farro, White Bean, and Broccoli Rabe Gratin
Zucchini Tart
Camembert, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Potato Tart
Press-In Tart Dough
Fennel, Olive, and Goat Cheese Tarts
Mushroom and Leek Galette
Baked Squash Kibbeh

Sauces for Burgers, Fritters, and More
Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce
Easy Cherry Tomato Salsa
Tahini-Yogurt Sauce
Cilantro-Mint Chutney
Roasted Tomato–Orange Jama

Sides

Green Beans with Bistro Mustard Vinaigrette
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Zucchini and Eggplant Medley
Roasted Asparagus and Fennel Medley
Roasted Celery Root with Yogurt and Sesame Seeds
Marinated Eggplant with Capers and Mint
Grilled Vegetable Salad
Slow-Roasted Tomatoes
Stuffed Plum Tomatoes
Pureed Butternut Squash
Pureed Butternut Squash with Sage and Toasted Almonds
Pureed Butternut Squash with Orange
Pureed Butternut Squash with Honey and Chipotle Chiles
Green Bean Casserole
Summer Vegetable Gratin
Sweet Potato and Swiss Chard Gratin
Modern Cauliflower Gratin
Classic Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Smokehouse Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Herbed Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Far East Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potato Casserole
Classic Scalloped Potatoes
Scalloped Potatoes with Chipotle Chiles and Smoked Cheddar Cheese
Scalloped Potatoes with Wild Mushrooms
Twice-Baked Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar, and Scallions
Twice-Baked Potatoes with Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Caramelized Onions
Southwestern Twice-Baked Potatoes
Classic Bread Stuffing with Sage and Thyme
Homemade Cornbread Dressing
Wild Rice Dressing
Wild Rice Dressing with Dried Fruit and Nuts
Wild Rice Dressing with Leeks and Mushrooms
Basmati Rice Pilaf
Basmati Rice Pilaf with Currants and Cinnamon
Indian-Spiced Basmati Rice Pilaf with Dates and Parsley
Saffron Basmati Rice Pilaf with Apricots and Almonds
Foolproof Baked Brown Rice
Quinoa Pilaf with Herbs and Lemon
Quinoa Pilaf with Olives, Raisins, and Cilantro
Quinoa Pilaf with Shiitakes, Edamame, and Ginger
Warm Farro with Orange and Herbs
Warm Farro with Cranberries and Pecans
Barley Risotto with Mushrooms and Herbs
French Lentils with Carrots and Parsley
French Lentils with Swiss Chard
Boston Baked Beans
Barbecue Baked Beans
Cranberry Beans with Warm Spices
Spicy Chickpeas with Turnips

Simple Compound Butters
Parsley-Caper Compound Butter
Parsley-Lemon Compound Butter
Tarragon-Lime Compound Butter
Tapenade Compound Butter
Chipotle-Cilantro Compound Butter

Holiday and Brunch Classics

Holiday Mains
Classic Roast Turkey
Roast Salted Turkey and Gravy
Roast Beef Tenderloin
Shallot and Parsley Butter
Roast Beef Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Stuffing
Best Prime Rib
Roast Boneless Leg of Lamb with Garlic-Herb Crust
Slow-Roasted Fresh Ham
Vegetarian Phyllo-Pumpkin Casserole

Space-Saving Slow-Cooker Holiday Sides
Slow-Cooker Classic Mashed Potatoes
Slow-Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes
Slow-Cooker Classic Thanksgiving Stuffing 

Classic Sauces
Turkey Gravy
Port Wine and Cherry Sauce
Creamy Horseradish Sauce
Cranberry Sauce
Fresh Mint Relish
Salsa Verde 

Biscuits and Rolls
Popovers
Rustic Dinner Rolls
Honey-Wheat Dinner Rolls
Cream Biscuits
Cream Biscuits with Fresh Herbs
Cream Biscuits with Cheddar Cheese

Brunch Classics
24-Hour “Omelet”
24-Hour “Omelet” with Pepper Jack and Chipotle Chiles
24-Hour “Omelet” with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Breakfast Strata with Spinach and Gruyère
Breakfast Strata with Sausage, Mushrooms and Monterey Jack
Huevos Rancheros
Cheese Quiche
Quiche Lorraine
Leek and Goat Cheese Quiche
Smoked Salmon and Leek Tart
Gravlax
Yeasted Waffles
French Toast Casserole
New York–Style Crumb Cake
Sticky Buns

Desserts

Cakes
Easy Pound Cake
Easy Lemon Pound Cake
Easy Orange Pound Cake
Easy Almond Pound Cake
Easy Ginger Pound Cake
Yellow Birthday Cake
Devil’s Food Layer Cake
Quick and Rich Vanilla Frosting
Coffee Frosting
Peppermint Frosting
Almond Frosting
Coconut Frosting
Foolproof Chocolate Frosting
Individual Molten Chocolate Cakes
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cake
Icebox Cheesecake
Peppermint Chip Icebox Cheesecake
Peanut Butter Icebox Cheesecake
New York–Style Cheesecake  

Puddings and Custards
Tiramisù
Chocolate Pots de Crème
Milk Chocolate Pots de Crème
Premium Dark Chocolate Pots de Crème
Crème Brûlée
Espresso Crème Brûlée
Tea-Infused Crème Brûlée
Panna Cotta
Lemon Panna Cotta

Fruit Desserts
Cranberry-Apple Crisp
Cranberry-Pear Crisp
Blueberry Cobbler
Peach or Nectarine Cobbler
Fresh Sour Cherry Cobbler
Strawberry Shortcakes
Apple Turnovers
Caramel-Apple and Cream Cheese Turnovers
Cranberry-Apple Turnovers
Cheddar-Apple Turnovers

Pies and Tarts
Foolproof Single-Crust Pie Dough
Foolproof Double-Crust Pie Dough
Pie Dough for Lattice-Top Pie
Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Classic Tart Dough
Free-Form Tart Dough
Deep-Dish Apple Pie
Ultimate Blueberry Pie (preview recipe online)
Ultimate Blueberry Pie using Frozen Blueberries
Fresh Peach Pie
Pecan Pie
Maple Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Summer Berry Pie
Key Lime Pie
Lemon Meringue Pie
Fresh Fruit Tart
Lemon Tart
Rustic Walnut Tart
Free-Form Summer Fruit Tart 

Cookies and Bars
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
Brown Sugar Cookies
Holiday Cookies
Cookie Glazes
Easy All-Purpose Glaze
Citrus Glaze
Nutty Glaze
Coffee Glaze
Bittersweet Chocolate Glaze
Almond Biscotti
Anise Biscotti
Pistachio-Spice Biscotti
Hazelnut-Orange Biscotti
Chewy Brownies
Raspberry Streusel Bars
Strawberry Streusel Bars
Blueberry Streusel Bars
Lemon Bars

Dessert Accompaniments
Chocolate Sauce
Hot Fudge Sauce
Caramel Sauce
Butterscotch Sauce
Strawberry Topping
Blueberry Topping
Raspberry Sauce
Whipped Cream
Small-Batch Whipped Cream
Tangy Whipped Cream
Bourbon Whipped Cream
Brown Sugar–Bourbon Whipped Cream

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