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Make Ahead Dinner Recipes

Looking for more make ahead dinner recipes? Find many more make ahead dinner recipes, make ahead party dinner recipes, and easy make ahead dinner recipes.

Citrus-Scented Brined Turkey

Citrus-Scented Brined Turkey

Citrus-Scented Brined Turkey

Our home economists marinate this turkey to keep it deliciously moist while roasting.

Grilled Honey-Mustard Pork Chops

Grilled Honey-Mustard Pork Chops

Grilled Honey-Mustard Pork Chops

For Linda Shupe of Berthoud, Colorado, “This recipe is a nice change from the usual barbecue sauce and makes tender, moist pork chops. It lets me get supper on the table fast—especially when I assemble it the night before!” —

Marinated Pork Roast

Marinated Pork Roast

Marinated Pork Roast

In Moberly, Missouri, Andrea Schumann relies on honey, white wine and a little lemon juice for a low-carb entree that everyone enjoys. "The marinade has a light, flavorful taste that works well with any cut of pork," she promises.
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Four-Pepper Ribeye Roast

Four-Pepper Ribeye Roast

Four-Pepper Ribeye Roast

Our home economists suggest you consider the grill next time you serve prime rib for a special meal. For a more robust flavor, marinate the seasoned roast overnight.

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

Pork Roast with Mango Salsa

"When my son and his wife were married in our backyard, I served this special roast at the rehearsal dinner," writes B.J. Wall from Lanexa, Virginia. "It can be prepared on the grill or in the oven, but grilling enhances the flavors. The fruit salsa perfectly complements the pork's tasty herbal rub."

Apple Country Ribs

Apple Country Ribs

Apple Country Ribs

For a melt-in-your-mouth delicious main course at your next event, try these super-tender boneless ribs from our Test Kitchen. They’re treated to a sweet apple juice, brown sugar and herb combination that’s sure to have folks asking for seconds.

Herbed Barbecued Chicken

Herbed Barbecued Chicken

Herbed Barbecued Chicken

Garlic, rosemary, sage and thyme help season the marinade for this moist, tender chicken. A friend gave me the recipe years ago and my family never tires of it. —Dawn Sowders of Harrison, Ohio

Ginger-Orange Pork Tenderloins

Ginger-Orange Pork Tenderloins

Ginger-Orange Pork Tenderloins

This fork-tender pork has a citrus, smoky flavor that my whole family loves. The combination of ingredients is unbeatable.

Spice-Brined Pork Roast

Spice-Brined Pork Roast

Spice-Brined Pork Roast

This brined and barbecued pork roast is unbelievable moist. Adding seasonings to the coals produces an awesome aroma that draws guests to the grill!—Lorraine Schroeder, Albany, Oregon

Spicy Pork Tenderloin Skewers

Spicy Pork Tenderloin Skewers

Spicy Pork Tenderloin Skewers

“My healthy prep-ahead skewers are easy to grill at the last minute, making them handy for time-pressed days. Red pepper flakes add a nice bite. Serve with steamed rice or broccoli.” —Dawn E. Bryant, Hershey, Nebraska

Baked Chicken Macaroni Casserole

Baked Chicken Macaroni Casserole

Baked Chicken Macaroni Casserole

Martha St. Clair of Salem, Illinois writes, “I got this recipe from a ladies' circle years ago, and have had many requests for it.” The great-great-grandmother adds, “It's a real crowd pleaser, and I know, because my family is a crowd!”
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