Make Ahead Wedding Appetizers
Making your own food for your wedding may seem insane, but it is really a smart idea to keep the budget low and the fare interesting. Here are five great recipes you can make ahead of time, freeze, and enjoy the day of the wedding.
Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese
Yes- Macaroni and cheese. This makes a great appetizer and it can definitely be made ahead of time and frozen, then baked on the day of the wedding to thaw it out for serving. Simply cook a half cup of pasta per person you are feeding. Per each cup, add a fourth a cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of sour cream, 2 tablespoons of butter, and a half a cup of shredded cheese. Simply cook the pasta, drain, rinse, mix all other ingredients with it in the same pot, season with salt and pepper to taste, and place in an air tight container after it cools down. Freeze and on the day of the wedding take it out to thaw in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Then, place it in a baking dish and top with bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Add five pounds of russet red potatoes, diced, skin on, and washed to boiling water. Add in two packages of store bought potato soup mix, one 10-ounce can of cream of potato, one 10-ounce can of cream of mushroom, and salt and pepper. Allow it all to come to a boil and then simmer for four hours. In the meantime, cook up a pound of bacon, pour a bit of the bacon grease into the soup, chop up the bacon and add it. Then, when soup is done, add in a few dollops of sour cream. Allow to cool, and then freeze it. The night before the wedding, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator. The day of the wedding, place it in a large crock pot and warm over low heat.
It’s easy to do and makes guests curious- fruit soup can be made in a variety of ways, but the easiest is by adding two pounds of fresh strawberries, greens off, two pounds of blueberries, one pound of blackberries, and one pound of raspberries to a blender with one block of cream cheese. Add in one cup of water after blending and stir. Place in a covered dish and freeze. Thaw the day of the refrigerator and serve cold with fresh fruit.
It’s hard to have cooked potatoes end up correctly, but the best way to preserve them for a wedding while freezing is to season them as you wish and cook them halfway through. For example, dice up a five pound bag of russets, wash, do not dry, and season. Cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes in the oven. Allow to cool, place in a large freezer bag and freeze. Do this about a week before the wedding. The day of the wedding, allow to thaw in the refrigerator for four hours, then finish cooking at the same temperature in the oven for another 40 minutes.
They are cheap and easy, and they taste great. This is especially cute for a summer wedding or a garden party. Simply blend your favorite fruit ahead of time, freeze it in a popsicle form (easily found at most stores), and when it is frozen through, wrap in wax paper and store. This way you can make lots of the fruitsicles and serve them frozen the day of the wedding.