Over the last few years I have found that making a stew or pot pie ahead of time and freezing it has made Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so much less stressful for me (I am the main cook for my little family of four and we celebrate Christmas day alone - I really want to be present with my kids and not trying to pull off miracles in the kitchen - but yet, I love a special meal). I'm looking for new ideas to try this year. For the past two years I made Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon ahead and froze it for Christmas Eve, and made Smitten Kitchen White Bean Pancetta Pot Pies for Christmas Day (also made ahead and frozen). Both were very successful - froze well, easy to reheat/bake on the holiday, resulting in a low stress day plus enjoyable holiday comfort food. Any new suggestions for similar wintry comfort foods that are special but would work well to make ahead? (Or which would be otherwise low effort on the actual holiday?) Thanks in advance for suggestions!
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