5 Make-ahead Travel-friendly Holiday Dishes

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can leave even the best of us feeling a little frazzled. Don't let the stress steal the joy out of your holiday festivities.


Members of ash street co-op having dinner

Check out these five dishes that you can make ahead of time whenever it’s convenient for you right in your Ash Street Cooperative kitchen. These dishes also travel well so you won’t have to worry about spills and messes, either.


1) Pasta Salads

Pasta salads are the perfect potluck or holiday dinner side. They usually taste better when made ahead of time and all the flavors have a chance to meld together. Pasta salads usually consist of a pasta, some chopped veggies, cheese, and a dressing. You can come up with your own version or try one of these tasty recipes:


Christmas Pasta Salad

Turkey, Cranberry, and Walnut Pasta Salad

Seven-Layer Holiday Pasta Salad


Don’t forget to bring some extra dressing if you make ahead of time. Pasta can absorb what dressing you initially add. You may have to add more to keep it from being too dry.


2) Potatoes

Potato casseroles and potato-based dishes are super easy to assemble before the big day. Place all assembled ingredients in a disposable foil pan and store in the fridge until ready to bake. Once baked, pop the lid on and you’re ready to go. Clean up is a breeze as well!


Favorite Cheesy Potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Duchess Potatoes


3) Turkey and Gravy


A delicious turkey in pot prepared in a ash street coop kitchen

What holiday gathering would be complete without turkey and gravy? This dish can take hours to prepare traditionally so why not get the cooking out of the way ahead of time. Spend the holiday enjoying the company of your family instead of working over the stove.


Make Ahead Turkey and Gravy

Make Ahead Roast Turkey


4) Stuffing/ Dressing

The holidays just aren’t the holidays without the stuffing, or dressing, depending on where you live. These recipes probably aren’t too different from your typical recipes but will show you how to master making them in advance, before leaving your co-op, without sacrificing flavor.


Make Ahead Thanksgiving Stuffing

Make Ahead Sausage Stuffing

The Make Ahead Thanksgiving Stuffing You Can Cook Right Now


5) Desserts


A prepared cherry pie in the co-op

The perfect finale to any holiday meal is the dessert. And lucky for you, desserts are often the easiest type of food to make ahead of time. If you need some inspiration, check out these mouth-watering recipes.


Caramel Pecan Cheesecake Pie

Snowy Vanilla Cake With Cream Cheese Buttercream

Make Ahead Pumpkin Pie


Save yourself the stress this holiday season by cooking and preparing your holiday food ahead of time right there in your Ash Street home. Then, grab a glass of wine and kick back and enjoy in your cozy co-op.


Not a member of the Ash Street community? Head down to the front office to ask about availability.



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