Make Ahead Appetizers

Make ahead appetizers are treats you can make before the party and have in the freezer ready to pop in the oven, heat, and serve. These appetizers are so delicious, easy to make, and keep really well in the freezer for a long period of time. Enjoy dainty ravioli bites, flavorful sausage balls, and tasty crab wedges at your next get together. These appetizer recipes will surely be the talk of the party!

Quick and Easy Make Ahead Appetizers

Ravioli Bites

Make ahead appetizers: Ravioli bites with marinara dipping sauce.

1 package fresh ravioli

2 Tbsp butter

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Salt and pepper

Cook ravioli and drain. Put ravioli and butter in large zip lock bag. Shake well until each ravioli is coated with the butter. Remove each ravioli and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper or foil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Place in freezer for about 30 min. to 1 hour until hard (so they don’t stick together in plastic bag). Put ravioli in a freezer bag and freeze until ready to use.

Remove ravioli from freezer and spread on lightly sprayed baking sheet. Allow to thaw while oven preheats to 400 degrees F. Bake for 10 to 15 min. until golden in color. Serve with marinara, alfredo, or pesto sauce for dipping.

Make Ahead Appetizers

Sausage Balls

Make ahead appetizers: Sausage balls with sharp cheddar cheese and Bisquick.

1 pound Italian sausage (mild or spicy)

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese finely grated

1/2 cup Bisquick

Blend all ingredients together until fully incorporated. Shape mixture into 1 inch balls. Place on baking sheet lined with wax paper or foil. Put baking sheet in freezer for 30 min. to 1 hour until the sausage balls are hard (so they won’t stick together in freezer bag). Put the balls in a freezer bag and freeze until ready to use.

Place sausage balls on lightly greased baking sheet and allow to thaw. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for 20 to 25 min. until golden brown and cooked through. Turn balls over half way through cooking. Makes about 16 sausage balls.

Cheesy Make Ahead Appetizers

Crab Wedges

Make ahead appetizers: Crab wedges, piping hot and ready to eat.

2 cups cream cheese

1 cup parmesan cheese

1 cup finely grated white cheese (gouda, mozzarella, asiago, etc)

6 to 8 cloves of garlic very finely chopped

2 cans crab meat drained

2 to 4 drops Tabasco sauce (optional)

1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

1 tsp paprika

1/4 cup olive oil

6 English muffins halved

Blend all ingredients except paprika, olive oil, and muffins together until fully incorporated. Lay out all 12 muffin halves on baking sheets lined with wax paper or foil. Brush each English muffin half with olive oil. Spoon equal amounts of crab mixture onto the muffin halves. Place sheets in freezer until hard, about 30 min. to 1 hour. Wrap each muffin half in wax paper and place in freezer bags. Freeze until ready to use.

Thaw muffin halves and bake at 350 degrees F. until lightly browned. Cut into wedges and serve hot. Makes 48 wedges.

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