One of the most daunting aspects of throwing any dinner party is planning the menu. Whether your guest list is composed of your closest friends or a group of new co-workers you’re hoping to get to know better, you want to impress them with your cooking skills.
But before you stress yourself out by choosing an over complicated recipe thinking it’s the only way you can earn their praise, remember that even the simplest of dishes are palette-pleasers as long as they’re executed well.
Five Easy Main Dish Ideas for Your Next Dinner Party
Here are five simple yet delicious main dishes to prepare at your next DinDin party that will have your guests craving for more:
1. Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze
Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze may sound fancy; however, it’s incredibly easy to prepare and will only take you 20 minutes. Because prep time is a mere 5 minutes and the steaks only need browning and cooking for 5 minutes on each side, you have more time to focus on the elements of your menu such as sides or dessert.
2. Slow Lamb with Baked Provençal Tomatoes
Slow-cooked fall-off-the-bone leg of lamb is a crowd-pleaser, making this Slow Lamb with Baked Provençal Tomatoes recipe that bakes for four hours worth the wait. Prep time only takes 15 minutes, and you can spend the hours it takes the leg of lamb in the oven to reach perfection to prepare sautéed potato slices or another side dish that pairs with lamb beautifully.
3. Chicken Cordon Bleu with Truffle Oil White Cream Sauce
What makes Chicken Cordon Bleu so impressive is that it looks like you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day. After all, you slice what looks like a basic chicken breast to expose it’s filled with ham and cheese. With this recipe, you can move things up a notch by using prosciutto di Parma instead of boring deli ham and exchanging Swiss cheese with Gruyere. Top the chicken with a dreamy truffle oil white cream sauce.
4. Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic
This Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Garlic couldn’t be easier. It’s bursting with flavor, and no one would guess that it only contains five main ingredients: chicken, lemon, garlic, and butter. The most complicated thing about preparing this dish is removing the seeds from the lemons. It all cooks in one pot. Once in the oven, check on it every 5 minutes. The result? A succulent and aromatic, beautifully browned and buttery roast chicken.
5. Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto
This Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto has all the feels of fancy celebrity chef/reality TV star-owned restaurant. Anyone who watches cooking shows knows that perfecting scallops and risotto are the signs of a skilled cook. Imagine a dish that brings those two elements together. For a burst of color, pair the golden-brown scallops and creamy white risotto with rich green sautéed spinach.