We Created the Ultimate Dinner Party Menu: 6 Dishes That Impress Without the Stress
For many home cooks, a stress-free dinner party sounds like an oxymoron. If you relax and mingle, the food is likely getting cold. And if you prepare dishes à la minute, you’re missing out on your own party. Our solve? These six easy showstopper recipes, each created specifically with dinner-party success in mind.
To make sure these dishes deliver, we created some criteria:
- All of the recipes needed to feel interesting and fresh, while still being broadly appealing.
- They had to be easy to pull off, yet look impressive.
- Each needed a make-ahead component and to dirty as few dishes as possible.
- They also needed to be easy to eat, play well with a variety of other dishes, and accommodate as many diets as possible.
- All were created to be vibrant but not too seasonal, so that they can be made year-round.
It took some time to create a lineup of dishes that checked all of those boxes, but we did it! Read on for the ultimate dinner party dishes. Try them at your place and let us know how we did.