As we get closer and closer to the holidays I am always looking for ways to make life a little easier. Today I am going to share how I turn family size entrees into perfect Mac and Cheese Appetizers. A huge thanks to Collective Bias and Nestle for sponsoring today’s compensated post
I love to cook and bake but there are days that I just don’t have time to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. I am balancing running the blog, keeping the house semi-clean, managing the holiday craziness, and every other thing that seems to creep onto the schedule these days. Now that the holidays are getting closer and closer I am going to share a secret with all of you!
See these super cute Mac and Cheese appetizers….
You see I cheat once in a while and I don’t just mean on my diet. I am going to share with you my secret for getting through the holidays and planning ahead…..
This is the inside of my freezer that stores my holiday secret! Yep it’s true! I keep a stash of family size frozen meals and holiday ice cream in my freezer. These are my go to fixes when I need to put together a quick appetizer or dessert when family and friends are coming over. I stock up on these Stouffer’s Family Size meals when I head to Walmart to do my pre-holiday shopping.
Here’s the best part……These super quick freezer fixes save time and headaches when you are planning for holiday parties! You can whip up these super cute Mac and Cheese Appetizers or a special ice cream sundae bar with the amazing Dryer’s Slow Churned holiday flavors. Oh my goodness have you tried the Dryer’s Peppermint Wonderland and A Very Merry Eggnog flavors. Hello Yum! I am not going to show you the inside of the Peppermint Wonderland container because well I would have to admit how much of it I have been sneaking as a treat since I put it in my freezer.
Ok back to the amazing Mac and Cheese Appetizers that we made. These are crazy easy to make and taste ah-mazing!
Here’s what you need
1 Stouffer’s Party Size Entree Macaroni and Cheese
1 box of panko crumbs or you can use day old bread
1. Follow the directions to cook the Stouffer’s Party Size Entree Macaroni and Cheese. Start the cooking process but only set the timer for 1/2 the cooking time
2. While the Mac and Cheese is starting to cook prepare your Italian Seasoned bread crumbs
Remove the Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese from the oven and spread seasoned bread crumbs over the top.
Cook for the remaining time
When the mac and cheese is done you should have lovely browned bread crumbs on top and luscious macaroni and cheese!
Scoop macaroni and cheese into individual size ramekins. I try and make sure that there is bread crumbs on top so they look finished and oh so yummy!
I line the ramekins up on a platter and serve them during holiday parties and family events. Everyone loves bite size Mac and Cheese.
If you are serving a lot of people you can pre-make up the ramekins and keep them in the oven on warm. This is an easy way to prepare your appetizers ahead of time and not have to worry about being in the kitchen while you have guests over.
You can find more easy to make holiday meals and recipe ideas on the meals the best from Nestle Kitchens website, their twitter feed and Facebook page!
Check out this digital magazine for even more holiday ideas!