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Are you hosting a big Christmas dinner this year?  Here are 12 delicious recipes that you can make ahead of time and freeze. Free grocery list below!

12 Delicious Recipes to Make Ahead and Freeze for Christmas

Why make-ahead and freeze?

  • You can take care of the food now and cross it off your “to-do” list.
  • You can save time and money by planning ahead.
  • You’ll be able to enjoy the holidays stress-free.  Yay!

I’ve been thinking about how to simplify the busy holiday season and I think planning ahead is key.  Below, you’ll find 12 of my favorite holiday recipes that can be frozen without any cooking ahead of time.  All of them cook for the first time out of the freezer and don’t taste like leftovers at all.  Double yay!

How to freeze lasagna without any cooking ahead of time

12 Delicious Recipes to Make Ahead and Freeze for Christmas

  1. Ham and Veggie Strata (perfect breakfast recipe)
  2. Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese from Pinch of Yum
  3. Crockpot Cocktail Meatballs
  4. Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip from Damn Delicious
  5. Honey Glazed Ham
  6. No-Bake Lasagna with Baby Spinach (save for the day-after Christmas)
  7. Cheesy Corn Casserole from Thirty Handmade Days
  8. Cheesy Veggie Casserole with Cracker Topping (recipe in free printable below)
  9. Roasted Green Beans
  10. Crockpot Cranberry Sauce
  11. Frozen Peppermint Pie from Thirty Handmade Days
  12. Oreo Triple Layer Pie from Allrecipes

Simple, right?  Add a bag of rolls and dinner is done.  You can even use disposable pans for easy clean-up.

Here are the step-by-step directions for freezing and cooking each dish as well as a full grocery list: 


Here’s how to time your day to make it run seamlessly:

  • Day before Christmas – Move all dishes to refrigerator to thaw (except pies). Make crockpot cranberry sauce and store in fridge.
  • Christmas morning – Bake breakfast strata and honey glazed ham.
  • Three hours before guests arrive – Add cocktail meatballs and spinach artichoke dip to crockpots.
  • Thirty minutes before guests arrive – Bake bacon-wrapped dates and put out all appetizers.
  • An hour before dinner – Bake cheesy corn casserole, cheesy vegetable casserole, green beans, and lasagna (if serving with dinner).
  • Dinner time – Remove pies from freezer to thaw slightly and serve main dishes and sides.

I hope these ideas help you enjoy the holidays, Friends!

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below and I’ll respond as soon as I can.  I’d love to hear from you. 

P.S. I shared these ideas on Thirty Handmade Days last year.

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7 years ago

Hi! I made about 30 of your make ahead freezer meals before I had my baby and wanted to say thanks! It has been great having homemade food that’s very convenient and tastes really good! It is tough with a newborn to get out to the grocery store, sonfor the recipes that require adding broth when you cook it, I’ve done the equivalent of water and thrown in boullion cubes instead. It works great and keeps us from having to run out or store a lot of cartons of broth. Not sure if the cubes (or paste) would freeze ok… Read more »

Jill Petrush Rogers
7 years ago
Reply to  Andi

And, great tip! Glad that the meals are working out for you. Oh, and Congratulations! 😉