When you have a group of people over for dinner, your main concern is making sure that everyone has a good time and leaves feeling like they had an excellent experience. Culinary dishes are the perfect way to entertain friends. Not only will you impress everyone with your cooking skills, but it’ll be something they remember for quite some time. However, coming up with entertaining culinary dishes can be challenging. You need to find a balance between practicality and creativity, as well as have dishes that work well when there are multiple different dietary restrictions present in the group of guests. Luckily, we’re here to help! Here are some entertaining culinary dishes that you should give a try if you want to spice up your next get-together!
Dessert Crepes with Mascarpone, Fruit, and Nuts
You can never go wrong with a classic dessert crepe! This recipe is simple enough that anyone can make it, and it’s extremely versatile, so you can easily adapt it to suit the tastes of your guests. Start by making a standard crepe batter. You can use a whisk, a blender, or an electric mixer to do this. Just make sure that everything is fully blended before moving on to the next step. Next, take your batter and spread it out in a thin layer in a frying pan. Use an oiled pan if you’re worried about the crepes sticking. When the crepe is finished cooking, you can add a dollop of sweetened mascarpone cheese (or another favorite dessert topping) on the inside and roll it up like a burrito. You can either plate the crepes like you would tacos or wrap them in paper cups for a unique presentation.
Salmon en Croûte
Salmon is one of those dishes that goes well with almost any type of meal. It’s savory, creamy, and super flavorful! It makes an excellent main entree for a dinner party, but it can also be used as a side dish or even a dessert if you choose to prepare it in a slightly different way. For this recipe, you’ll want to make two separate types of croûte. One will be made with salmon and seasoned rice, while the other will be plain rice. You’ll want to bake the salmon version first, so it has time to cool. When the plain rice version is done, you can wrap the salmon in the plain rice, add some green herbs and vegetables, and wrap it up in a thin crust. This will be the “en croûte” part of the recipe. You can serve this dish either warm or cold.
Pigs in a Blanket with Roasted Root Vegetables
Pigs in a blanket are an easy and cheap dish to make, and they’re sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next get-together! To make this dish, you’ll want to start by chopping up some root vegetables like carrots, red bell peppers, and onions. Next, wrap your favorite sausages in a pastry crust and stick them in the oven. You can use any kind of pastry you like, but we recommend a puff pastry for its flaky and buttery texture. As the sausages are baking, add the chopped vegetables to a frying pan with some oil. Let the vegetables roast for about ten minutes, then move them to a plate lined with paper towels. After the sausages are finished baking, let them cool slightly and then plate them with the roasted vegetables and pigs in a blanket.
Mexican Street Corn Baked in a Corn Bowl
Corn is a staple of Mexican cuisine, so this dish makes a great centerpiece for a themed dinner party. To make Mexican street corn baked in a corn bowl, you’ll want to start by roasting fresh corn in the oven. Next, you’ll want to make a butter-based sauce with lime juice, cayenne pepper, and chili powder. You can add cilantro, salt, and pepper to taste, and then pour the sauce over the roasted corn. You can serve this dish with some fresh cilantro on top.
Buttermilk Chicken with Pesto and Arugula
Buttermilk chicken is a classic Southern recipe that can be made with very few ingredients. To make buttermilk chicken, you’ll want to whisk together some buttermilk, salt, and pepper, along with a little bit of honey to add some sweetness. Next, you’ll want to dredge your chicken in flour and fry it. Make sure the chicken is nice and crispy before taking it out of the pan. Finally, plate the chicken and drizzle it with a homemade pesto sauce. You can add some arugula leaves on top to give it some added texture. This is a very straightforward dish, but it’s also extremely flavorful and can work well as either an appetizer or a main course.
Culinary dishes are a great way to entertain friends. You can make them as complicated or as simple as you’d like, and you can easily make them work with almost any dietary restrictions. Plus, they look super impressive when served, making them a great conversation starter. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and try these culinary dishes for yourself!