I love cooking and it makes me so happy when people enjoy my food. However, cooking for others can be pretty stressful. You want to make sure the food tastes good and still be able to entertain your guests when they arrive. I usually plan out at least 3-4 days, longer if it’s more than 2-3 people, so I can work out a game plan on how to tackle food preparation and look stress-free at the party. Here are some of my go-to party recipes that are easy to make and can be prepared ahead either partially or in full.
These are so easy to make and healthier than store bought chips. Try different seasoning such as smoked paprika, curry or garlic powder to make flavours chips! Best made the day off and sealed in an air-tight container.
Want something different? Your guests will be surprised to find lotus root chips on the table. These chips keep surprisingly well. I’ve left them in a zip-lock bag overnight and they were still crispy the next day. If they are a little limp, reheat them in the oven.
Appetizers or Small Bites:
These crispy prawns look so good your guests will ask where you bought them. For timing, toast your breadcrumbs in the morning, then bread the prawns just before your guests arrive. Pop the prawns in the oven once your friends are here and when you have finished pouring all the drinks, the prawns should be done!
I love gyoza dumplings because they are easy to make and you can cook a batch of them in no time. The dumplings can be made ahead and kept frozen until you need them. No need to defrost! Just put them in the frying pan when it’s hot and you’ll have hot pork and cabbage gyoza in 10 minutes!
These chicken thighs brined in buttermilk and smoke paprika requires almost zero preparation. Just put everything in a zip-lock bag and let the chicken thighs hang out in the fridge for 1-2 days. On the day of the party, just take the thighs out, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with coarse salt and roast until it’s cook! Easy peasy.
A lot of people new to the kitchen avoid cooking fish because it’s easy to overcook them and you do not want to serve dry fish to your guests. This slow roasting method will ensure that the salmon stays moist!
This side salad provides crunch and everything can be cut up ahead of them. Don’t dress the salad until you’re just about to serve, especially if you’re using red cabbage as it tends to bleed and make everything reddish purple. If you’re preparing ahead, be sure to soak the apples in a mixture of salt and water to prevent the apples from browning.
Here’s another salad that you can prepare ahead. Cook the potato, blanch other vegetables that you’d like to use and make the dressing. Then heat everything up in a frying pan to warm up the vegetables when you’re ready to serve.
If your guests love sweets, they will be very delighted to see this on the table! Not only is this tiramisu cake easy and quick to make, it’s also Instagram worthy! Plus, you can make this cake at least 1 day ahead, freeing up more time for you to spend with your guests.
Who wouldn’t love a simple strawberry sundae to finish the meal on a hot day? Both the eggless ice cream and strawberry sauce can be made a few days head. Be sure to store the ice cream in an air-tight container and keep it at the back of the freezer. If you like, you can add chopped toasted nuts or toasted coconut flakes to dress it up.
I hope the above easy party recipes will help make entertaining easier for you. Let me know if you’ve tried any of the recipes by commenting below!