Your high school classmates are coming to your home for a dinner party, and you don’t want too much stress. In this article, we will discuss easy dinner party recipes that everyone can enjoy.
Never prepare meals that you are not an expert in because this will cause extra stress. Also, your guests might not like them. Avoid meals that will take the whole day to cook because you’ll need time to decorate the dining room.
Here are some cool dinner party recipe ideas:
Barbecue Chicken Casserole
Many people love barbecued chicken, and casseroles are quite easy to make. Why not combine the two to make a barbecued chicken casserole?
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put one and a half cups of flour along with your favorite spices in a brown paper bag. Add two to three pounds of chicken pieces to the bag and shake thoroughly. Then, you would brown the pieces in two to three cups of vegetable oil until golden brown.
After that, transfer the chicken to a large casserole pan. Rub the chicken with a third cup of apple cider vinegar, a cup of ketchup, a third cup of tomato sauce, a cup of dark brown sugar, a few dashes of hot sauce and a few teaspoons each of salt and pepper. Then, add some canned vegetables to the casserole pan and bake covered for 40 minutes.
Beef and Mushroom Baked Pancake Muffins
These savory pancakes are also excellent for the guests. In a large bowl, combine:
- four eggs
- a half cup of green onions
- two cups of roast beef
- a cup of chopped mushrooms
- two teaspoons of salt
- a teaspoon of black pepper
- two teaspoons of garlic powder
- a half cup of red bell peppers
- a half cup of buttermilk
Pour spoonfuls of the batter into a muffin tin and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 30 minutes.
If you are going for a healthy meal that will work well for a dinner party, try the salmon salad. In a large bowl, combine:
- three to five cans of pink salmon
- a half cup of diced celery
- a cup of diced red onions
- a half cup of diced tomatoes
- a third cup of black olives
- three teaspoons of salt
- two teaspoons of black pepper
- one teaspoon of garlic powder
- an eighth cup of lemon vinaigrette
Mix well then refrigerate before serving.
Crawfish and Cheese Grits
Instead of the traditional shrimp, you can use crawfish tails.
In a large pot, saute three cups of onions, two cups of celery, five chopped cloves of garlic, a cup of chopped bell peppers, two diced green onions and your favorite spices for twenty minutes. Then, add three cups of chicken stock, six cups of crawfish tails and a cup of diced tomatoes. Cook over medium heat for thirty minutes. To make the grits, boil four cups of water then add three cups of grits. Be sure to add salt to the water. Cook over low heat for thirty minutes, and add three cups of cheddar cheese just before the grits are done.
In conclusion, you can have worry free catering at home. With these simple recipes, it is possible to have a dinner party that’s fun and stress-free. Your guests will love these meals, and they are diverse. These meals can be prepared ahead of time, and you won’t have to be in the kitchen all day. Most importantly, you can relax and enjoy the guests during the party.