Make Ahead for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special time to gather with family and friends and honor those who have selflessly served our country. It also marks the unofficial start of the summer season, which is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and soak up the sunshine. Whether you’re hosting a few friends or keeping it simple with family, make-ahead dishes are the solution to making your Memorial Day a breeze. 

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Cold Artichoke Dip 

Every get-together has to start with a good appetizer! Our Cold Artichoke Dip is cheesy, creamy and will keep you feeling refreshed in the summer heat. Grab your chip and dip bowl, and serve with an assortment of tortilla chips, pita bread, and sliced bell peppers. With just four simple ingredients, our artichoke dip is easy to prep the night before and tastes even better the next day!

 

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Grilled Brussels Sprouts & Smokey Sausage Appetizer Kabobs 

It wouldn’t feel like a proper Memorial Day if we didn’t fire up the grill! Kabobs are the perfect make-ahead appetizer that require minimal prep and can be easily customized. Start by cooking your Season & Steam Microwavable brussels sprouts the night before and threading them on skewers with slices of precooked smoky sausage. Keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to grill. When it’s time to entertain, place your kabobs directly over the heat until the sausage and sprouts get hot and have beautiful grill marks. Baste and serve with a homemade honey mustard dipping sauce for an irresistible sweet and salty combo. 

 

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Italian Artichoke & Fennel Olive Oil Cake 

If you’re looking to satisfy that sweet tooth after all of the savory Memorial Day eats, this easy, prep ahead Italian Artichoke and Fennel Olive Oil Cake is perfect for feeding a hungry crowd. Made simple with boxed instant pudding and yellow cake mix, this sweet treat combines finely chopped fennel and tender cooked artichokes into a delicious and vitamin-packed dessert with incredible, robust flavor. Be sure to save the dusting of powdered sugar or cream cheese frosting until right before you’re ready to serve! 

What’s on your Memorial Day Menu? Do you like make-ahead your holiday treats? Let us know down below.

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Diana McClean
Growing up on California's central coast, I enjoyed delicious artichokes around the family dinner table and always on Christmas Eve! It is beyond perfection that I now market artichokes for a living and get to share the Ocean Mist Farms story and my love of all things fresh.
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