The Complete Make-Ahead Cookbook: From Appetizers to Desserts 500 Recipes You Can Make in Advance (The Complete ATK Cookbook Series) by America's Test Kitchen

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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: frozen spinach; red peppers; sour cream; mayonnaise; parsley; scallions; dill; hot sauce
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead
    • Ingredients: frozen spinach; sour cream; mayonnaise; parsley; scallions; blue cheese; cooked bacon
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: frozen spinach; sour cream; mayonnaise; parsley; cilantro; canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce; limes; ground cumin
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: blue cheese; buttermilk; mayonnaise; sour cream
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Middle Eastern; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: roasted red peppers; walnuts; whole wheat crackers; molasses; lemons; honey; ground cumin; ground cayenne pepper
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: pita bread; olive oil; sea salt
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    • Ingredients: pita bread; Parmesan cheese; rosemary
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; sour cream; Parmesan cheese; parsley; anchovies
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    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; sour cream; parsley; chives; tarragon
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; sour cream; scallions; canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce; limes
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: mayonnaise; sour cream; scallions; prepared horseradish; parsley
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Middle Eastern; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tahini; canned chickpeas; ground cumin; ground cayenne pepper; cilantro
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Middle Eastern; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tahini; canned chickpeas; ground cayenne pepper; lemons; baby artichoke hearts; parsley
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Middle Eastern; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tahini; canned chickpeas; ground cayenne pepper; roasted red peppers
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Mexican; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: avocados; cilantro; jalapeño chiles; limes; ground cumin
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Mexican; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomatillos; jalapeño chiles; cilantro; limes
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Italian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: baguette bread
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Sauces, general; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: baguette bread; baby arugula; pine nuts; shallots; lemons; goat cheese
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: baguette bread; baby artichoke hearts; basil; Parmesan cheese
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: baguette bread; cherry tomatoes; basil; ricotta cheese
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    • Categories: Quick / easy; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: Kalamata olives; shallots; ricotta cheese; baguette bread; basil
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Mexican; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; jalapeño chiles; cilantro; scallions; limes; canned black beans; chile powder; sour cream; pepper Jack cheese; avocados; ground cumin
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Mexican
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; jalapeño chiles; cilantro; scallions; limes; canned black beans; chile powder; sour cream; pepper Jack cheese; avocados; ground cumin; adobo sauce; cooked bacon
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    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: sandwich bread; Parmesan cheese; baby artichoke hearts; onions; mayonnaise; cream cheese; thyme; ground cayenne pepper
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  • Baked Brie en croûte
    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Pies, tarts & pastries; Appetizers / starters; Cooking ahead; French; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: puff pastry; Brie cheese; apricot preserves; egg
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Notes about this book

  • markus_mihael on August 30, 2017

    Curried Chicken and Coconut Rice Casserole with Lime-Yogurt Sauce

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Penne with garden vegetable sauce

    • moose1995 on August 12, 2018

      Make-ahead dish

  • Butternut squash chili with quinoa

    • TrishaCP on December 09, 2019

      We liked this quite a bit, although I missed the depth of flavor that using a stock (rather than water) would have provided. I think you could easily up the spices too for some more punch. I used a combination of butternut and kabocha squashes since that is what I had on hand. I made it ahead for eating today, and the quinoa had definitely thickened the chili overnight.

  • Foolproof chocolate frosting

    • TrishaCP on April 25, 2020

      This is a great frosting that you make in the food processor. I used bittersweet chocolate and it was not too sweet.

    • mamacrumbcake on March 19, 2019

      My days of disappointment with chocolate frosting are over! The milk chocolate version of this recipe was perfect with yellow cake—great chocolate flavor, smooth and creamy texture, not excessively sweet, and doesn’t crust over. And talk about easy—frosting from the food processor! Who would have thought?

  • Orzo salad with broccoli and radicchio

    • aeader on November 17, 2019

      This was just OK. Didn't love the flavors together, especially the balsamic. Maybe would use a different vinegar next time. Left out the pine nuts and added chickpeas for protein to make a vegetarian main to take for work lunches.

  • Curried chicken and coconut rice casserole with lime-yogurt sauce

    • aeader on October 02, 2022

      Very nice meal. I prepared ahead and baked on a weeknight. Curry flavor very good but not too strong.DH loved it. My rice was still a little wet after baking the full time (don’t forget to stir halfway), which I think was because I covered the chicken during poaching so the liquid didn’t evaporate/reduce. Will make again. Used 2 cups riced cauliflower, which DH didn’t notice, next time use 3 cups.

    • Shewi128 on October 11, 2022

      The combination of the rice and chicken is really good. However, the cauliflower addition is NOT good unless you like practically raw cauliflower. Unless you love raw cauliflower, I'd recommend not including it. For the record, I used the make-ahead method of cooking everything the day before, and baked it for an hour the day of. One last thing: the yogurt sauce was delicious. Don't skip it.

    • meredithrwd on December 06, 2020

      We did not use red pepper, and our cauliflower was purple. Because we live at elevation (7200 ft), the cooking time was longer as well -- we cooked it (during the last part, in the oven) for about 50 minutes. We could've done an hour. We also used 2 Tbs. of cilantro AND 2 of fresh mint, an extra clove of garlic and a little extra curry powder. We still have leftovers and my husband is already asking if I will make this again!

  • Beef tamale pie

    • aeader on October 02, 2022

      Very good, will make again. Prep takes a while so make ahead and bake for weeknight. DH likes even though it has beans in it. Lots of leftovers were great for work lunches.

  • Stir-fried chicken with snap peas and shiitakes

    • sarahawker on May 18, 2023

      Very simple prep though it took me a decent amount of time the final cook was quick. I loved this way of prep for chicken breasts, they don't dry out. Family liked the sauce but could have done w/ out the shitakes. (I loved them). Served with rice.

  • All-American beef chili

    • sarahawker on January 17, 2023

      Very simple chili that still has tremendous flavor. Mid-spice level, family really loved this so the effort/time to enjoyment ratio was just right.

  • Grilled vegetable kebabs

    • SenseiHeidi on June 14, 2021

      Yummy kebabs. I did not save marinade for drizzling after roasting - next time definitely remember this step.

  • Classic scalloped potatoes

    • Shewi128 on December 28, 2022

      Super easy make-ahead dish if you have a mandoline. I liked the cheddar cheese on top instead of white cheese. I made these the day before baking, and the dish held up well until baking the next day according to the instructions.

  • Huevos rancheros

    • Shewi128 on July 31, 2023

      This was my first time making huevos rancheros. I thought that the recipe was really easy to follow with good results. The tomatoes and vegetables were highly flavored from the large amount of chili powder. It easily fed 4 people with some leftovers. I'd definitely make it again.

  • Summer berry pie

    • Shewi128 on September 06, 2022

      Cross-posted: The presentation of this pie is great. It's beautiful when you look at it, with the fresh berries at the top. The dairy-free berry pudding/puree thing also added some interest. However, it all fell apart (literally) when you cut open the pie. The pieces did not hold together, including the graham cracker crust. It would also greatly benefit from whipped cream. All in all, look was good, but the end result was not. I would not make this again. I'm disappointed because I've had this on my "to-bake" list forever.

  • Brown sugar cookies

    • Shewi128 on October 12, 2022

      Absolute perfection. The best brown sugar cookie recipe out there. I haven't made these in years, but my husband made them last night, and they reminded me of how good this recipe is. Perfectly chewy and tender, with a crackly top. 10/10.

  • Best chicken stew

    • Shewi128 on July 11, 2023

      If you want a hearty beef stew, but made with chicken, this is the recipe for you. It's hearty, thick, and meaty. The one annoying thing is that they tell you to throw away the chicken wings. When they cooled down, I took off the meat from the bone. This is delicious comfort food.

  • Colorado green chili

    • Shewi128 on March 12, 2021

      This is such a good recipe. The one weakness this recipe has is roasting the chiles. If you over-roast them, they get too crispy and you can't peel off the skin. Other than that, the recipe is perfection.

  • Huli huli chicken

    • Shewi128 on July 11, 2022

      The sauce makes this dish. However, you only put it on after the chicken is done cooking, so it wasn't glued to the chicken as much as I'd like. One thing is that the sauce took double the amount of time to thicken down to 1 cup. Also, I didn't use whole chicken, but chicken thighs with skin and bones instead.

  • Baked Brie en croûte

    • dc151 on January 25, 2022

      How can you go wrong with baked brie? I used raspberry jam. Didn't freeze it because I love it all gooey.

  • Slow-cooker Cuban-style pork roast with mojo sauce

    • racheljmorgan on April 15, 2023

      Really good and tender- basically pulled pork in a savory orange vinaigrette. I ended up letting ours cook on low for 12 hours and it was perfect, easy to prep the day ahead. Not spicy to our taste, could have done with a bit more adobo pepper.

  • Spice-rubbed flank steak with toasted corn and black bean salad

    • racheljmorgan on April 20, 2023

      The spices on the steak were barely noticeable (can taste only a hint of cumin), and it absolutely needed more salt. However, the sugar and initial sear gave it a nice brown crust. Corn and bean salad was very good (though since it's not the season here, had to make a few little subs). Not one I'd make again, but it was okay.

  • Beef stir-fry with bell peppers and black pepper sauce

    • racheljmorgan on May 01, 2023

      Pretty easy dinner. The dish wasn't spicy and needed extra salt, but with the addition of Sriracha and extra sesame oil it was good. Added a bit of extra veg because we had it on hand, but the bell peppers were more than enough. Even without rice, the servings were generous for 4. Matthew found this ok, but not as good as takeout.

  • Breaded chicken cutlets

    • racheljmorgan on January 03, 2023

      Needed to double the panko crumbs to fully coat the chicken. Also added Montreal steak seasoning to the flour and panko for a bit of flavor, but still rather bland. However, dinner was a success due to a bevy of dipping sauces served at table.

  • One-pan roast chicken breasts with butternut squash and kale

    • racheljmorgan on October 20, 2022

      Beautiful, seasonal, but average tasting. There was an interesting interplay of textures and colors. The bitterness of the kale went well with butternut squash and cranberries. The chicken and yogurt sauce were just bland. We felt the crosswise cut of chicken specified in the recipe was very awkward at the table. Not a repeater, more trouble than it's worth. Nothing that requires peeling a butternut squash is quick in our kitchen.

  • Chicken tikka masala

    • racheljmorgan on November 04, 2022

      Broiled chicken in air fryer at 400F for 27 min. Really great, just a bit spicy. Prep work was not all that much either.

  • Classic chicken pot pie

    • racheljmorgan on October 23, 2023

      Delicious, and not too time consuming if you have leftover chicken and broth already on hand. Left the vodka out of the crust and it still turned out flaky and buttery. We were a little skeptical about a bottomless pot pie, but the ratio of crust to filling was just right. A new winter favorite.

  • Chicken and dumplings

    • racheljmorgan on November 14, 2023

      It was good, but the dumpling dough needs to be reduced to 1/2 to 1/3 of what is called for in the recipe. It took up over half the stew's volume.

  • Hearty beef chili with sweet potatoes and black beans

    • racheljmorgan on December 02, 2022

      It's a non-spicy chili, and I really loved it. Sweet potatoes and beef are a great combo. My husband who likes traditional chili was less enthusiastic about it, though he ate 2 bowls. The recipe won't be a member of our go-to line up, but still nutritious and good.

  • Classic beef stew

    • racheljmorgan on February 21, 2023

      Really delicious and thick stew. Same recipe is in their New Family Cookbook.

  • Indian-spiced basmati rice pilaf with dates

    • racheljmorgan on March 15, 2023

      Not a very strongly spiced pilaf, just a background side dish with subtle sweetness from the dates. I enjoy ginger a lot and wish I added more. Being heavy handed with the pepper is a must.

  • Roasted Brussels sprouts

    • racheljmorgan on March 21, 2023

      Not as crisp as airfryer or our usual long oven roast without foil. But good to know they can be held and reheated for 3 hours.

  • Sweet potato and Swiss chard gratin

    • racheljmorgan on November 20, 2022

      It is possible to prepare this without a mandoline if one is willing to stand for 45 minutes slicing the sweet potatoes to appropriate thinness with a vegetable peeler and a paring knife. Is it worth the time? Maybe not. The gratin is good tasting and nutritious, but not so memorable I would make it again. Difficult to serve without the layers starting to separate.

  • Chocolate chip cookies

    • racheljmorgan on January 12, 2024

      Crisp edges and soft center, not what I'd call a chewy style cookie on baking day. They're decent- butter is the predominant flavor despite all the dark chocolate. My dough looked darker and spread more than the book photos. Something about them just isn't as compelling as some other chocolate chip cookies I've made or bought.....maybe I've become a chocolate chunk only person over the years. Update: these are significantly better after storing overnight. They're uniformly lightly chewy and have a more balanced flavor. Still not as chocolaty as I was hoping, but the texture is right.

  • Peppermint chip icebox cheesecake

    • racheljmorgan on November 02, 2023

      Not as compelling as I imagined. By the time I mixed in the gelatin, it had already become almost solid. So instead of acting as a thickener, it kind of just left gel flecks throughout the cheesecake. I guess in cold weather, you've got to work a bit quicker, but it's an easy recipe overall. Texture was softer than I really wanted and crust somewhat crumbly. Substituted 1tsp mint extract and 2 tbsp cream for crème de menthe.

  • Quiche Lorraine

    • racheljmorgan on October 28, 2022

      The taste was great, but once again ATK's quiche is overly soft for me. I need to cut some of the half-and-half next time.

  • Easy orange pound cake

    • racheljmorgan on April 25, 2023

      Very light orange flavor, even when subbing in orange extract for vanilla. Slightly eggy. Nonetheless, a pretty cake and decent enough. Kept at room temp for 2 days: somewhat drier, but flavor improved (stronger on the orange, no egg/butter taste anymore)

  • Algerian-style fennel, orange, and olive salad

    • Acarroll on January 29, 2023

      This was solid. Not sure if it was exciting enough to make again, but it was tasty and the olive oil held up well with the other ingredients.

  • Garlic mashed potatoes

    • Ishie1013 on November 28, 2023

      Not bad, but still lacking something, and while the garlic cheat is nice, it still really doesn't compare with the taste when you roast the whole head of garlic. Still, made decent mashed potatoes.

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  • ISBN 10 1940352894
  • ISBN 13 9781940352893
  • Published Jul 11 2017
  • Page Count 431
  • Language English


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