Entertaining can be both stressful and fun. The stress can come from planning a menu, cleaning the house and actually cooking the meal so it turns out delicious. Far too many times I’ve cooked a new recipe only for it to come out wrong. On a regular night with my family I could throw a pizza in the oven for a back up meal, but when you have guests, it’s just not that easy (and it’s quite embarrassing)!
Here are a few tips when planning a no-fail menu for guests:
- Try your recipes ahead of time. Making that delicious new recipe you found on Pinterest might be tempting, but new recipes often fail for one reason or another. Test your recipe on your family before making it for guests.
- Slow Cooker meals. Meals in the slow cooker are easy and require little prep and that means little stress! Try this Balsamic Pot Roast or Sesame Ginger Pork Tacos!
- Prep ahead of time. Do all of your chopping, dicing and mixing ahead of time! For an easy appetizer or main dish to entertain your guests with, try these Pomegranate Glazed Meatballs!
You can prep your meatballs in advance and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to bake them. You could even make a big batch of meatballs and freeze for the days you want a quick meal. Meatballs are easy! Simply mix the beef, panko breadcrumbs, milk and egg with Litehouse Freeze Dried Mint, Oregano and Onion. Roll the beef mixture into golf ball-sized meatballs and bake for about 40 minutes.
For a little twist on a traditional meatball, try serving with a pomegranate glaze. This winter fruit makes a nice sweet sauce that pairs well with the savory meatball and salty feta cheese. What other tips do you have for making entertaining less stressful?