Jump to content

What's your 'go to' recipe/meal when you're having guests?


  • Please log in to reply
19 replies to this topic

#1 BLBG

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:15 AM

Hi Ladies.

I need some rarely fail type meals which are great to make when entertaining...

I get myself in such a tizz at the thought of having people for dinner, even if it's just the inlaws

Please share your minimal fuss, never fail recipes.

Thanks in advance original.gif

#2 feralisles

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:40 AM

I make pizza dough and provide lots of ingredients for topping, then let everyone make their own.  It's a good option when you have people with different preferences as they can pick and choose what they eat, and it's a bit of fun having everyone involved in the kitchen.

Add in a salad or two and some gelato for afterwards and everyone is happy!

#3 Guest_Dinah_Harris_*

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:46 AM

My go-to is risotto.  Basic risotto is so easy and you can make it whatever you need.   You can do vegetarian, or different meats.   To make a really dressy risotto, I add seafood or roasted duck.
Serve with hot, crusty bread and a salad.

#4 Mrs Dinosaurus

Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:58 AM

Anything that can be made in advance (or mostly in advance) OR that is quick:

lasagne, stews, quiche, salads, shepherds pie.

pasta and sauce - make the sauce in advance where possible, bake some vegies to stir through.

Any slow cooked thing that doesn't require a lot of attention while cooking - coq au vin (I always have pollo au vin blanc though!), slow cooked lamb shanks (yum), roast dinners

If it stresses you out I would choose something like lasagne which you can make the morning of entertaining, stick in the fridge until an hour or so before dinner time then stick it in the oven to cook. Make the salad in advance and stick some kind of bread/garlic bread in too - voila!

#5 Feral timtam

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:09 AM

A roast.

If I'm entertaining that is my go to meal. I'll usually do roast vegetables and steamed greens to go with it.  If you have a decent oven it is almost impossible to stuff a roast up.

#6 Who is me

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:12 AM

Cannelloni is one I make regularly. Mix one packet frozen spinach with a tub of ricotta, add a little nutmeg and some seasoning and put it in a plastic bag. Snip the end off, and squirt into dry cannelloni shells. Lay out in a baking dish. Pour over a jar of passata. Season and sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on top (stops the sauce from being bitter). Add grated cheese and bake for about 45min at 180. If you want it a bit more interesting, you could add some cooked chopped pumpkin to the ricotta mixture, and use some nice bocconcini instead of grated cheese. It takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare, and people really like it. I serve it with a salad. For dessert, a chocolate self saucing pudding takes about 2 minutes to prepare, and is really yummy.
A roast dinner is another one, but can be expensive depending on the meat.

#7 esme weatherwax

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:16 AM

Burritos are so easy and everyone here eats them. They're messy so not for your formal type dinner!

I cook chicken with blackened cajun rub on it (Herbies makes a nice one), and make a big salsa with black beans, tomato, avocado, coriander, shallots, red chili and lime juice. Then just have extras for everyone to add what they like, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, sometimes rice, etc. Everyone rolls their own in the wraps, it's great.

#8 fionah

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:18 AM

Roast lamb seasoned with garlic and rosemary, roast veggies, peas or broccoli and mint sauce and gravy.
Slow cooker chocolate pudding for dessert.
Goes down a treat and everyone loves it.

Fi original.gif

#9 FeralBob!

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:29 AM

This thai chicken and pumpkin curry except I usually add green beans or snowpeas for more colour as well.

#10 katiebear26

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:42 AM

i agree with a PP - anything that can be made at least mostly in advance. i use http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/14443/pump...d+spinach+salad

you can add feta or red onion or anything else you like.

also if there are kids involved i like http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/19675/fryi...chicken+lasagne

it's really easy, although not something you can really do in advance as it dries out, but quick and you can throw vegies in. serve with a salad of some kind and crusty bread!

baked vegies with a dressing made from feta, olive oil, lemon juice and a bit of natural yoghurt (add all to taste) is really good too, blend the dressing ingredients beforehand and just drizzle over once the vegies are cooked. add to roast meat or steak and it's pretty easy and tasty.

i think the key thing is to know what you need to do when, i usually have a written timetable if i have a lot of people over and lots of food! i can't handle it otherwise.


edited for spelling.

Edited by katiebear26, 18 February 2013 - 08:43 AM.


#11 feralstreak

Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

Our chicken pesto pasta is always a winner. Very easy and tasty.

Half a kilo of diced chicken breast.
Four diced rashers of bacon.
Half a green capsicum.
Half a red capsicum.
Spring onion.
A jar of basil pesto or sun dried tomato pesto.
Handful of chopped sun dried tomatoes if you like.
Olive oil and sesame oil.

Fry the bacon in olive oil until slightly crispy and then add the chicken and sesame oil (this is our special trick.)

When the chicken is turning golden, add the vegetables and fry for a few minutes, then stir through the pesto. Simmer the sauce whilst boiling a packet of the pasta of your choice (we like spiral pasta as it soaks up the sauce.)

When the pasta is ready, stir it through the sauce. Top with fresh grated parmesan and black pepper. This makes approximately six big bowls of pasta. Yummo!



#12 BLBG

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

Wow, thanks so much girls for all of the fab ideas.

All of them sound great. Now I might start trying them one by one before I invite guests, hubby can be my guinea pig original.gif

You all make it sound so easy, I'm jealous!! 😉

#13 busy&happy

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

I recently had guests over for lunch. I served dips, fruit, cheese etc for nibbles than a nice cheese and chive pull apart from Bakers delight along with a beautiful homemade roasted pumpkin, basil, toasted pine nut and ricotta lasagne with salad. For desert, passionfruit and raspberry tart with whipped cream. So tasty!

#14 busy&happy

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:21 PM

My other favourite is roast lamb rubbed with garlic, lemon juice and oregano add potatoes in their skin to cook in lamb juices served with Greek salad.

#15 froglett

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:23 PM

I did a slow roast Greek lamb on the weekend, very easy and everyone loved it.
Take 1 leg lamb (3kg feeds about 8 people), cut slits all over, then push anchovy, rosemary and garlic into each slit. Drizzle over olive oil and sea salt.
Cut 1 lemon and 2 red onions into quarters and put these on the bottom of a baking dish big enough to fit the lamb. Put the lamb on top, then pour in water or wine (red or white whatever you have on hand) to come 2cm up the side of the dish.
Put in a 140 deg oven for 2 hours till golden brown. Pull out, then cover with foil and back into the oven for a minimum of 4 hours. I put it in at 9 and served up at 7 that night. Once cooked (it should be falling apart), allow to rest for an hour before serving.
I served with pita bread, tzatziki and a Greek salad, just put everything on the table and everyone served themselves. Yum!

#16 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:27 PM

Another roast fan here. I do mine in an oven bag - absolutely foolproof, even for me.

#17 premmie_29weeks

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:29 PM

Beef eye fillet. It's expensive but not a crumb is wasted. I marinate with olive oil,garlic, salt and pepper, and whole grain mustard. Plus some fresh or dried rosemary. Add roasted potatoes and a big green saład.

Love a big summer fruit salad for dessert.

#18 Flaxen

Posted 18 February 2013 - 12:31 PM

My go to recipe is a roast as well.
Makes the  meat and 3 veg in laws happy, or for my friends i can spice up the meat and the veg, But if its mum coming over, i put a nice salad together instead of the roast veg.
Its what i cook when i dont have time to think, much less stand about in the kitchen stirring a pot!

ETA: I always use an oven bag too. Easy to clean up as well.

Edited by Flaxen, 18 February 2013 - 12:33 PM.


#19 Water Dragon

Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:01 PM

I usually do a BBQ and various things to go on it/with it - gourmet sausages, marinated chicken, some steak, vegies (sweet potato, pumpkin, asparagus, mushrooms, onion etc. etc.) and a salad or two, and a potato bake from scratch. It's very simple but causes the least amount of stress, especially if I enlist DH to cook it so I get a chance to actually SPEAK to people instead of getting stuck in the kitchen!

Dessert is normally pavlova.

#20 BLBG

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:10 PM

QUOTE (busy&happy @ 18/02/2013, 01:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I recently had guests over for lunch. I served dips, fruit, cheese etc for nibbles than a nice cheese and chive pull apart from Bakers delight along with a beautiful homemade roasted pumpkin, basil, toasted pine nut and ricotta lasagne with salad. For desert, passionfruit and raspberry tart with whipped cream. So tasty!


Mmmm your lasagna sounds delish, wish I was your lunch guest! Would u mind posting the recipe....? Just the sound of it makes me hungry x




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win Coles Little Explorer nappies for your toddler

Introducing the new Coles Little Explorer Nappies! You can confidently rely on Coles Little Explorer nappies at each stage of your child's growth, so take the Big Nappy Change and try new Coles Little Explorer nappies for yourself!

Robbie Williams live tweets wife's labour

And the award for most patient woman in labour goes to ... Robbie Williams' wife, Ayda Field.

Vaccine ignorance is deadly and contagious

In the absence of credible, strong political leadership, paranoia about disease can go viral.

Parenting differently based on birth order

All children have unique personalities, but keeping birth order in mind could help when parenting.

How to get rid of the mum guilt

Motherhood and guilt seem to go hand in hand, but there are ways to focus

Paid parental leave scheme grinds to a halt

The future of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's paid parental leave scheme appears to be up in the air, despite the fact it is due to begin in less than nine months.

The devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

No one's sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the consequences for those who are can be devastating.

The pros and cons of finding out the sex of your unborn baby

It’s often one of the biggest choices parents make during the course of their pregnancy; to find out, or not to find out, the sex of their baby before it’s born.

Toddler's awesome dress up month

Two-year-old Willow and her photographer mum, Gina Lee, made October "Dress Up Willow Month". She posted photos of Willow's costumes on her Instagram account, and her creative takes on popular culture are simply adorable.

Childhood around the world

It can be easy to assume our ideas around childhood are universal, but they are particular to where we live, as these practices show.

Best picks for baby and toddler shoes

Here's a great selection of footwear from pre-walker to walker ensuring comfort and style for growing feet.

I lost my wife and daughters to Ebola - then it came for my son

Sunday, September 21, is a day I will never forget.

The 'yucky' illness that took over my life

I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss. It involves toilet talk, and probably caused my miscarriage. But it needs to be talked about.

Prenatal testing: the facts

Prenatal testing is done to check if a baby has certain medical conditions before birth. Here is some important information about what the tests are for and the risks involved.

5 things to do with your baby?s old clothes

Did you think your only option for your baby?s old clothes was to pack them away or give them to the Salvos? Think again.

Why it's possible to not realise you're pregnant until the baby arrives

After hearing about 'surprise babies' born to mums who didn't know they were pregnant, it's common to ask "how did she not realise?" But experts say it's entirely possible for it to happen.

'My miracle is finally here'

How has the world continued on its pace when mine has been altered so drastically?

Dairy can help older women fall pregnant: study

Ice cream may be the ultimate comfort food, but a study suggests it could also help older women to have children.

Megan Gale goes topless for 'sexiest people' cover

Six months after a heavily pregnant Megan Gale posed nude for Marie Claire, the glowing new mum has gone topless for the cover of another magazine.

A new perspective on life from living with two diseases

A mother shares her personal story about the difficulty of living with two conditions, one of which stops her from being able to see her daughter's face.

Warning about Children's Panadol dosage

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a safety advisory warning parents about confusion when using the dosing syringe supplied with Children's Panadol.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Take 'The Coles Big Nappy Change' Challenge

You could become part of our Test Drive team and win one of 200 packs of Coles Little Explorer Nappies as part of our 5-day challenge.

Win 1 of 5 Canon Powershot D30 cameras

Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!

16 parenting truths you won't find in the baby books

I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.

Best and worst potty party cakes

It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.

7 tips for a financially festive Christmas

Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.

'Go the F*** to Sleep' author's new book for frustrated parents

A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.

Great birthday party buys from Etsy

Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.

Join us in The BIG nappy change

Introducing the new Coles Little Explorer Nappies! You can confidently rely on Coles Little Explorer nappies at each stage of your child's growth, so take the Big Nappy Change and try new Coles Little Explorer nappies for yourself!

Creative storage ideas for the kids' rooms

Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.

Weird trend

'Why we called our daughter Wyatt'

Ashton Kutcher has spoken about how he and Mila Kunis chose their daughter's name - and why they've set up her social media accounts.

To the mum in the doctor's waiting room

Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.

10 space-saving nursery ideas

Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.

 

What's in a name?

Baby Names

Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.