Old FavoritesPosted: May 14, 2011
Remember the great sale on eggplant I told you about in a previous post? I made up a couple of dishes of eggplant parmesan and popped them in the freezer. Here’s a picture of a dinner we enjoyed this past week straight from the freezer to the oven to the table. A little time to make a salad and pour some wine – and voila – it’s dinner time! (The garlic bread pictured was also made ahead and frozen from the last time I made it for dinner.) Here’s a tip – if you’re taking the time to make anything that can be easily frozen and enjoyed again within a reasonable amount of time – make two – one to enjoy right then, and one to enjoy sometime soon again – like the garlic bread. After dinner that night, I’ve enjoyed the eggplant on a sandwich for lunch two days in a row! Talk about a treat in the middle of a hectic work day!
Another one of my make-ahead old favorites is home-made pizza. Okay, I often buy the dough, but the rest is all me! We have a great Italian deli close by that has the dough fresh made on a daily basis. I save myself a step and pick up a couple on my way home from work. I usually make two pizzas that we have part of each for dinner – then I freeze the rest for slice-by-slice delight anytime the mood strikes! Toppings range from as much or as little as you like. I often choose from such toppings as artichoke hearts, pepperoncini, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, pancetta, pepperoni, pesto, fresh-sliced tomatoes, and lots of mozzarella and parmesan cheese! Mike’s favorite pizza is canadian bacon or ham and pineapple!