Freeze Now, Party Later

Appetizers you can prepare, freeze, then heat and serve as needed are a real gift this time of year.

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More Freezer Recipes & Tips

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Your free time may be in short supply during the holidays, as one event after another fills the calendar. And the gatherings you host are naturally the most demanding. But a little planning can ensure success. Prepare party food while you have spare time, and then freeze it well in advance of the festivities.

We've assembled a variety of simple, delicious hors d'oeuvres you can prepare and freeze days, weeks, or even months before your company comes. Some of these dishes don't require thawing and can be reheated straight from the freezer, making them ideal for impromptu gatherings. (Add salad or soup—and increase the serving size—to turn these frozen treats into quick and easy dinner entrées.) Round out these offerings with a ready-made crudité platter from the supermarket and a selection of cheeses, and your party food concerns are covered.

Cold Facts on Freezing

To ensure your food doesn't suffer during freezing and thawing, follow a few guidelines:


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