Do you want to impress your guests with your culinary skills, but don't have the time or expertise to make a complicated dish? Don't worry, you're not alone. Here you have 8 recipes that look complicated but they're all really easy to make. So next time you're hosting a dinner party, don't be afraid to try one of these dishes. You won't spend hours and your guests will be really impressed.
You can find this dish on many high-end restaurant menus, but it is surprisingly easy to make.
One foodie shared: “Not sure if desserts count, but creme brulee. Get yourself a $20 torch and buy real vanilla beans. I make it 2-3 times a year with my gf and people are always super impressed. It maybe takes 25 min of actual work for 10-14 servings.”
Another foodie agreed sharing: “Totally agree. It’s super easy to make and people are always impressed with the torch.”
Authentic Pasta Dishes
By making a few simple tweaks to a technique or the ingredients, you would be surprised how easy it is to make your pasta dishes more authentic.
One foodie shared these amazing tips:
“Never overcook the pasta for one.
Finish most dishes (especially red sauce ones) by mixing some pasta water with the sauce, then toss the pasta itself with it, jostling and adding more water until it's creamy and well-coated.
Use fresh herbs and add them only at the very end. Parsley adds a ton of flavor and often goes ignored by home cooks.
Not tough to make bolognese that will blow everyone away. Ditto with carbonara. So few people have had great pasta prepared in someone's home, I find it one of the easiest things to prepare to impress dinner guests.”
Pad Thai is surprisingly simple to make and much cheaper than you can buy in most restaurants.
One foodie suggested: “You need to get the noodles and the sauce from an Asian food market (you can also make the sauce yourself, if you're mental), but the ingredients are cheap and simple (peanuts, bean sprouts, meat of choice, garlic, lemon juice), and apart from the bean sprouts and meat, everything can be kept for a very long time in your fridge/cupboard. Apart from soaking the noodles, the cooking process mostly involves throwing everything into a wok and toss, very quick and easy.”
Whole Roasted Chicken
Roasting a chicken isn’t as much work as you might initially think!
One foodie suggested: “Whole roasted chicken. Super easy, super quick to put together, takes a while to cook but that's ok because you can set it and forget it. Then carve tableside for those extra style points. All your friends will be fantastically impressed and you'll have spent an hour and a half playing BOTW while dinner cooked.”
Another had a great way to cut down the cooking time even more!
“To cut down on the cooking time, spatchcock the chicken. My go-to is a dry brined, spatchcocked chicken--crazy moist but with crispy skin. People think I am a master chef but it is ridiculously simple.”
Seared Sea Scallops
One foodie shared: "They’re the only reason any stove has the highest heat setting. Get a pan blazing hot, toss a pat of butter in it, put the scallops in, count to 15, flip and count to 15 again, and they’re done."
Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
One user commented: "Mushroom-stuffed pork tenderloin is easy and looks very impressive. You just have to butterfly the pork, add mushroom filling, roll it up with some toothpicks and throw it in the oven. The result when sliced is beautiful swirls of pork and mushroom."
"Basically just crescent dough, cream cheese, cinnamon and sugar, but it’s also the dessert I get the most raves out of. Like, over cakes that I spend 4 hours on. It’s super easy and cheap."
Pineapple Pork Tenderloin In Tomato Ginger Sause
I've always had a thing for sweet and sour meat dishes. The simple combination of lovely ingredients brings out the most unexpected flavors. Pineapple Pork Tenderloin is a filling and comforting food that always goes well. It is one of the most popular dishes in Chinese cuisine. And since the ingredients are so widely available, it's a no-brainer not to make this deliciousness at home. Get the recipe.
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