If you’re hosting a holiday dinner this year, you’re probably already busy planning your menus, grocery shopping and even beginning to start advanced prep for the marathon of baking and cooking that lies ahead of you.
Add to that a house full of hungry guests that actually expect to eat between now and Thanksgiving and it’s enough to send anyone over the edge. I know that I’ll be doing very little actual cooking between now and Thanksgiving, and I’m sure anyone who entertains for major holidays is planning to do the same.
Combine a Stouffer’s lasagna, an easy store-bought appetizer and a make-ahead dessert to create an Italian-inspired menu to welcome your holiday guests.
Stouffer’s is a family-founded brand that still runs on some of the original recipes that Abraham and Mahala Stouffer made for their dairy stand in 1914, and later at their restaurant in 1924 . The Stouffer’s Cookbook has a prized place in its test kitchen (and now my kitchen — I ordered it from Amazon and I love thumbing through the pages to see how people liked to cook decades and decades ago). The Stouffer’s brand is rich with nostalgia — the frozen food line was actually created because so many customers wanted to take home their frozen leftovers from the Stouffer’s restaurants.
Stouffer’s lasagna is a classic comfort food that so many people grew up with, which is why it’s such a great way to kick off a holiday weekend or family gathering. As my friend Rachel said the other day, “I don’t even know why Matt and I pretend we want to order pizza on a Friday night when we should just admit that all we ever want is Stouffer’s Lasagna.”
A Stouffer’s family size lasagna serves about 6-8 people depending on how hungry you are. For a group of six or eight people, buy a family-size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce, plus So I like to buy one of those plus a few single serving boxes of Five Cheese Lasagna for any non meat eaters.
Throw together a nice, fresh, green salad or something simple like caprese — just make it something quick and easy. Pick up a loaf of crusty sourdough bread, pour every guest a glass of your favorite Italian red and you’ll have a happy and satisfied household.
Even though your table is probably already set for holiday dinner, cloth napkins and a cute name placard is always a nice touch and a great way to add a little bit of flair to an informal occasion.
Salad: Easy Caprese Salad Two Ways or
Main Dish: Stouffer’s Lasagna with Meat and Sauce and
Dessert: Store bought chocolate chip cookies or chocolate chip cookie skillet
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Stouffer’s. For additional information about the Stouffer’s brand, dishes and recipes, please visit their website.