Special Occasion Menu
This Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade menu means a quick, easy meal you'll be proud to serve your guests. The secret to the ease and speed of the meal is using great-tasting packaged foods as the base for shortcuts.
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This timeline shows you how far in advance food preparation for this menu can take place. Following these tips allows maximum time with your guests and minimum fuss.
Up 4 days before dinner:
- For sourdough dressing, cook off the sausage and mix with onion mushroom soup mix. Store in refrigerator.
- Chop fresh parsley for dressing; store in refrigerator.
- Cut up sourdough into croutons; store at room temperature.
2 days before dinner:
- Prepare potato recipe through step 2. Cool and store in airtight bag in refrigerator.
- Make French Bean Casserole, but do not bake. Store in refrigerator.
1 day before dinner:
- Make souffles through step 3.
4 hours before dinner:
- Bring casserole to room temperature.
- Cook roast.
- Finish making dressing.
- Defrost cake.
1-2 hours before guests arrive:
- Finish potatoes.
30 minutes before dinner:
- Cook casserole.
25 minutes before dessert:
- Bake souffles.