5 Meals That Taste Better the Next Day
Why it's even better the next day: The Tex-Mex favorite tends to thicken overnight, making it all the better for scooping up with thick tortilla chips. (Follow the USDA's guidelines and put the food in the fridge within two hours of cooking.)
Get the recipe: Turkey Chili
Why it's even better the next day: Letting the lasagna chill for a day and then reheating it gently (so it's warm but not piping) will make slicing it into neat squares a breeze. One caveat: when you're boiling the pasta, take care not to overcook it; you want it a little bit firm, since it'll become tender during baking and even more so in reheating.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian Lasagna
Photo: Erin Kunkel
Why it's even better the next day: If you make a curry or curried salad and eat it the same night, you'll taste the cumin, the cayenne, the garam masala, the ginger and the turmeric individually. Come back 12 to 24 hours later, though, and the flavors will have melded, resulting in a smooth, savory and robust-tasting dish.
Get the recipe: Curried Chicken Salad
Why it's even better the next day: The combination of crispy-edged cubes of beef, wine and vegetables is irresistible the first night, but peak deliciousness actually occurs after the bay leaf, thyme, garlic, onion and wine have had a day to work their magic on the meat, helping it become even more tender on the inside. Your best bet is to let the stew cool, then cover and refrigerate it in its pot. About 20 minutes before serving, bring the dish to a simmer, cover and let bubble slowly for 10 minutes, occasionally basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce.
Get the recipe: Boeuf Bourguignon
Why it's even better the next day: There are people out there who make meatloaf just so they can put it on a sandwich. Such people deserve our love and admiration. Toasted sourdough and crusty ciabatta can stand up to a thick slice of last night's supper; for toppings, try sour, crunchy pickles; sharp Cheddar; and coleslaw.
Get the recipe: Meatloaf with Ricotta
Next: 18 comfort-food dishes everyone loves