One of the most common questions we get from readers is, “Can I freeze this recipe?” and It’s easy to understand why. A freezer stocked with a tasty, satisfying dishes can often make the difference between a home-cooked meal and takeout, especially on busy weeknights.
We’ve rounded up some favorite freezer meals made with Wisconsin cheese, and included our best tips for freezing and reheating success.
A weekend afternoon spent making homemade pizzas can stock the freezer with plenty of delicious dinners. For the best results, par bake your crust (3-5 minutes at 450°F) and then let it cool completely before adding your sauce, toppings and cheese. Place on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, about 3 hours. Remove from the baking sheet and wrap in plastic wrap, followed by a layer of aluminum foil. Keep in the freezer for up to 3 months and bake as usual.
- Pepperoni Vegetable Pizza
- Alpine-Style Cheese, Asparagus and Prosciutto Pizza
- Three Cheese Pizza with Broccoli Rabe, Sausage and Chickpeas
Homemade meatballs freeze best if cooked through before freezing. Bake, or cook meatballs according to the recipe. Allow to cool, then spread onto baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen, meatballs can be transferred to a resealable bag. Reheat in the oven or on the stove in a sauce. A slow cooker works great too.
Lasagna and Casseroles
Lasagna is one of the most popular freezer meals, and for good reason. Making several pans at a time can be an enjoyable weekend ritual, by yourself or with friends and family. Pulling one out of the freezer and baking until bubbly will never fail to delight everyone around your dinner table. Try turning other pasta bakes into freezer meals, as well. We don’t recommend freezing recipes with a cream-based sauce, but other than that, the possibilities are endless!
Enchiladas are a family favorite, but busy weeknights don’t always leave enough time to make a panful from scratch. Prep a batch (or two!) in advance and keep well wrapped in the freezer for a delicious, no-fuss meal.
Breakfast Sandwiches and Wraps
Pre-made frozen breakfast sandwiches make it easy to start the day with something hearty, cheesy and filling on the go. Wrap individual sandwiches well in plastic wrap before freezing. To reheat, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 1 minute and additional 30-second increments until heated through.