Cook’s Illustrated Magazine Special Issue: All-Time Best Make-Ahead Recipes (2015): Special Collector’s Edition

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  • Freezer chicken enchiladas
    • Categories: Main course; Cooking ahead; Mexican
    • Ingredients: tomato sauce; canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce; chicken broth; onions; garlic; ground cumin; ground coriander; rotisserie chicken; Monterey Jack cheese; cilantro; jarred jalapeño chiles; corn tortillas
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  • Two roast chickens with roasted garlic and herb jus
    • Categories: Sauces for poultry; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: sugar; whole chicken; salt; garlic; chicken broth; dry vermouth; shallots; bay leaves; thyme
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    • Categories: Salads; Main course; Cooking ahead; Italian
    • Ingredients: sugar; whole chicken; salt; garlic; chicken broth; dry vermouth; shallots; bay leaves; thyme; lemons; romaine lettuce hearts; fennel; roasted red peppers; salami; Asiago cheese
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    • Categories: Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; stuffing of your choice; sandwich bread; all-purpose flour
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    • Categories: Stuffing; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: thyme; cream cheese; Gorgonzola cheese; walnuts; dried figs; dry sherry
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  • Freezer chicken pot pies
    • Categories: Pies, tarts & pastries; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; chicken broth; carrots; onions; celery; thyme; pie dough; frozen peas
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  • White chicken chili
    • Categories: Chili; Main course; Cooking ahead; American
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; jalapeño chiles; poblano chiles; Anaheim chiles; onions; garlic; ground cumin; ground coriander; canned cannellini beans; chicken broth; cilantro; scallions; limes
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Rice dishes; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: onions; ground cayenne pepper; chicken broth; heavy cream; chicken breasts; long grain rice; frozen pea-carrot medley; sharp cheddar cheese; parsley; sandwich bread
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    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Cooking ahead; Mexican
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; red peppers; onions; ground cumin; chile powder; chicken broth; canned pinto beans; canned diced tomatoes; canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce; cilantro; limes; corn tortillas; cheddar cheese; Monterey Jack cheese
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  • Chicken nuggets
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  • Pantry barbecue sauce
    • Categories: Sauces for poultry; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomato ketchup; molasses; apple cider vinegar; hot sauce
    • Accompaniments: Chicken nuggets
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  • Sweet-and-sour sauce
    • Categories: Sauces for poultry; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: apple jelly; distilled vinegar; soy sauce; garlic powder; ground ginger; ground cayenne pepper
    • Accompaniments: Chicken nuggets
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  • All-American beef chili
    • Categories: Chili; Main course; Cooking ahead; American
    • Ingredients: onions; red peppers; chile powder; garlic; ground cumin; ground coriander; dried red pepper flakes; dried oregano; ground cayenne pepper; ground beef; canned kidney beans; canned diced tomatoes; tomato purée
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  • Classic pot roast
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: beef chuck eye roast; onions; carrots; celery; beef broth; dry red wine; tomato paste; bay leaves; thyme; balsamic vinegar
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  • Onion-braised beef brisket
    • Categories: Stews & one-pot meals; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: beef brisket; onions; tomato paste; paprika; ground cayenne pepper; chicken broth; dry red wine; bay leaves; thyme; apple cider vinegar
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    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Main course
    • Ingredients: beef brisket; onions; tomato paste; paprika; ground cayenne pepper; chicken broth; dry red wine; bay leaves; thyme; apple cider vinegar; dried oregano; canned diced tomatoes; rigatoni pasta; heavy cream
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    • Categories: Main course; Cooking ahead; American
    • Ingredients: onions; saltine crackers; ground beef; bratwurst sausages; heavy cream; eggs; parsley; Worcestershire sauce; dried thyme; tomato ketchup; apple cider vinegar; hot sauce
    • Accompaniments: Mashed potatoes
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    • Categories: Side dish; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: baking potatoes; heavy cream
    • Accompaniments: All-American meatloaf
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: parsley; garlic; shallots; bell peppers; red onions; beef blade steaks
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: parsley; garlic; shallots; bell peppers; red onions; chicken thighs
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: parsley; garlic; shallots; bell peppers; red onions; lamb leg meat
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    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Main course; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: parsley; garlic; shallots; bell peppers; red onions; pork chops
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  • White chicken chili

    • Delys77 on February 09, 2016

      Pretty good but you can amp up the acid.

  • Simple ice cream pie

    • Analyze on February 21, 2019

      This is so good! I love the graham cracker crust that the ATK Family Cookbook calls for, and really enjoyed it that way the first two times I made it. This week, I tried their suggested variation of Oreo cookies as you see here. I filled it with homemade Vanilla After-Dinner Mint Ice Cream from the Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book (just add chopped Andes Mints to your vanilla ice cream base), and topped it with the Hot Fudge Sauce from ATK, and it was AMAZING!!!!!!!!! The mint and chocolate combination was heaven.

  • Freezer chicken enchiladas

    • stef on January 26, 2019

      This was a nice recipe. Enjoyed by family . I served it when I made it - didn't freeze it. Quick to make because it uses rotisserie chicken.

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  • Published Jun 01 2015
  • Format Magazine
  • Page Count 96
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher America's Test Kitchen

Publishers Text

A little bit of planning makes cooking enormously easier and more enjoyable. The editors of Cook’s Illustrated have selected their all-time favorite make-ahead recipes that will enable you to cook and eat well, on your own schedule. These are smart recipes for great home cooking that make use of pauses in recipe steps to build flavor—while you’re taking care of the rest of your to-do list.

Clever recipes include:

Freezer Chicken Pot Pies – A saucy filling and a double-thick crust are the secrets to pot pies than can be successfully backed from frozen.

Classic Pot Roast - A simple 19th century recipe and well-marbled chuck-eye roast offer truly beefy taste.

Herb-Crust Pork Roast – For flavor in every bite, we spread an herb paste in the middle and on top of the roast. A cheesy crumb crust is the crowning touch. Make one day, roast the next.

Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole – Making this freezer-to-oven casserole with raw green beans is the key to fresh flavor and texture.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese – Convenience, indulgence, and comfort in a straight-from-the-freezer casserole. The frozen bread-crumb mixture is sprinkled over the top just before baking.

Pizza from the Freezer – For a crisp, tender crust straight from the freezer, we combine some unlikely ingredients, like half-and-half and baking powder.

Blueberry Pie from the Freezer – Graham cracker crumbs and dried cranberries help make a blueberry pie that can go straight from the freezer to a hot oven.

Additional recipes featured: Overnight Broiled Beef Kabobs with Garlic and Herb Marinade, Stuffed Thick-Cut Pork Chops, Freezer Chicken Enchiladas, All-American Beef Chili, Baked Ziti, Ultimate Seven-Layer Dip, Classic Scalloped Potatoes, Crunchy Potato Wedges, Mashed Potatoes, Anytime Dinner Rolls, Breakfast Strata with Spinach and Gruyere, Overnight Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Icebox Lemon Cheesecake, Individual Chocolate Soufflés, Red Onion Jam Stuffing with Port, Pecans, and Dried Fruit, and Pantry Barbecue Sauce