Whether it’s an end-of-summer bash or a back-to-school barbecue, entertaining is all about family, friends and of course, food. But hosting the perfect soiree doesn’t have to mean you’re stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying the party. TV chef and cookbook author Katie Lee offers these tips for easy entertaining that will get you away from the stove and into the party.
Consider a buffet or family-style menu
One large dish that everyone can serve themselves is an entertainer’s dream. Make-ahead veggie burgers or shrimp rolls are two of Katie’s favorites — just grill and prep all of the ingredients ahead of time and have people “Create Your Own” (CYO) with a buffet of toppings — bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, etc. It’s all about options for a big group so everyone is satisfied.
Prepare your side dishes ahead of time
Opt for side dishes that can be prepared, refrigerated and pulled out when it’s time for dinner. Any kind of grain salad, such as quinoa, is an easy, go-to choice. Paired with a burger or shrimp roll, it’s the perfect complement. (more…)