If you’re someone who wants to host dinner parties without being chained to the kitchen these 10 recipes will make you look like you tried even when you didn’t. Creating elaborate meals that will impress not only your guests but also yourself shouldn’t be hard. They’re perfect in their presentations and their short prep times.
1. Ham Cheese & Broccoli Quiche Cups
While these quiche cups may look intimidating they’re actually pretty simple to make. Taking roughly around 45 minutes to cook. Typically quiche crusts can take upwards of several hours to accomplish but if you don’t have time to do that this recipe will walk you through making them with filo sheets. While they will help on time be sure you handle the filo sheets with care because they are very thin and fragile.
2. No Knead Bread
Making bread is something that may sound impossible to do, but it isn’t. This no knead bread is possible to make without having to strain your hands or your bank account by making a bread machine. While you will need to let it rest overnight the actual baking time will be under two hours. This is the perfect bread to pair with soup.
3. Summer Vegetable Salad
If you want more from your salad consider incorporating a variety of vegetables instead of just the simple leafy greens that make up a normal salad. With a summer vegetable salad like below you can add zucchini, yellow squash, fresh broccoli, cauliflower, and more to this marinated salad.
4. Chicken Cacciatore
If you’re wanting to make something that isn’t just easy to make but also won’t require you destroying your kitchen consider this one pan chicken cacciatore recipe. The name alone will impress whoever you’re cooking for, whether that be for yourself, your family or hosting a dinner party. This recipe is perfect to make on days that you work as well because it requires little prep, cook, and cleanup time.
5. Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto
This brown butter scallops with parmesan risotto recipe isn’t just delicious it is also healthy. Serving around four people this recipe will take you around 30 minutes to make, which will make it perfect if you’re more concerned with spending time with your guests than spending time in the kitchen. Even though it doesn’t require a lot to perfect this dish it is still an impressive entree.
6. Garlic Butter Chicken & Potatoes Skillet
Again this is another great one pan meal. It’s another great option if you’re trying to make those boring weekday meals into something more impressive. This garlic butter chicken and potatoes skillet recipe takes under an hour and will manage to feed an entire family or all of your roommates. s
7. Fettuccini Alfredo
Fettuccini Alfredo is a dish that is deceivable because it comes off as requiring a lot of work when really it doesn’t. There’s a variety of recipes out there that will give you the same results and if you feel like getting more out of this meal you can even add roasted chicken.
8. Dutch Baby Pancake
This dish may look intimidating and time consuming but it will actually take under an hour. What’s nice about a dutch baby pancake is that once you’ve made it you can add anything you want, whether that be fresh fruit, a spread or Nutella.
9. Blackberry Pie
Making pies can be difficult, especially pies with a lattice-top pie crust. Thankfully we live in the year 2019 which makes it much easier to create pies that make you look like you slaved away all day in the kitchen. There are many top notch pre-made pie crusts you can purchase that will make your blackberry pie still taste homemade.
10. Blueberries with Custard Sauce
This blueberries with custard sauce is so easy to make you’ll be upset you haven’t been making this for dessert more often. What’s nice about this recipe is that it isn’t just simple to make and requires little ingredients it’s also gluten free. Keep this dessert in mind when you want something simple that will go well with everyones dietary needs.