It doesn't make any sense to make food ahead if you don't have a good recipe to start. So make sure you have good base to begin, whether it's for brunch or just appetizers. But if you want to start with dessert, check out this recipe for S'mores Bars from Bring It! ahead:
Makes 8 to 10 Servings
3 cups crushed graham crackers
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup salted butter, melted,
plus additional for the pan
1 egg, beaten
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups mini marshmallows
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a baking pan, approximately 13 x 9 inches.
Stir the crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, butter, and egg together until fully incorporated. Spread the mixture across the baking pan. Bake it in the oven for 15 minutes, until the crust is firm.
Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the chocolate chips and marshmallows evenly over the crust. Return to the oven to bake for 10 more minutes, and then turn on the broiler and broil for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, making sure to brown but not burn the top.
Remove and allow to fully cool to at least room temperature. Cut into squares before serving.
Reprinted with permission from Bring It! by Ali Rosen, Running Press