No Pressure Gourmet Meals for Your Next Party

Your house is full of guests and everyone is mingling over drinks and food. Your party is a success. But you can’t bask in that for long, because as the host, not only have you been laboring over the appetizers and dinner all day, but now you are in and out of the kitchen fussing over the dessert. Does this sound like you?  Here are some recipes that allow you to prepare meals in 30 minutes or less without sacrificing quality.

Appetizer

Creamy Deviled Eggs–Martha Stewart

Deviled eggs are beloved hors d’oeuvres and a hit at any event. This recipe that serves eight takes 30 minutes to make and calls for six ingredients and four easy steps.

Ingredients

8 large eggs
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Paprika, for garnish
Directions
  1. Place eggs in a medium saucepan; add cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a rolling boil. Remove pan from heat; cover, and let stand 13 minutes. Drain, and run eggs under cold water to cool them.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, shallot, and hot sauce.
  3. Peel eggs, and halve lengthwise; remove yolks, leaving whites intact. Transfer yolks to bowl with mayonnaise mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Mash with a fork until smooth.
  4. Mound yolk mixture into whites. Sprinkle with paprika just before serving, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 8 hours.

Dinner

Steak With Potato and Blue Cheese Salad–Real Simple

Steak doesn’t have to be complicated. This recipe takes 30 minutes to make and six ingredients and directions.

Ingredients
1  pound  small red potatoes (about 12)
kosher salt and black pepper
1/4  cup  plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
small steaks (such as Newport, flat iron, or top round; 1 1/2 pounds total)
1/4  cup  crumbled blue cheese (about 1 ounce)
2  tablespoons  white wine vinegar
small head Boston lettuce, torn (about 4 cups)
Directions
  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and add 2 teaspoons salt.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, 14 to 16 minutes. Drain, run under cold water to cool, and using a fork or your fingers, break the potatoes in half.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the steaks with 1 teaspoon salt and ¾ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Cook steaks to the desired doneness, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the blue cheese, vinegar, remaining ¼ cup oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
  6. Add the potatoes and lettuce and toss to coat. Serve with the steaks.

Dessert

Instant Chocolate Cake–Food Network

This easy yet delectable recipe from the Food Network only takes 10 minutes to make and you don’t even have to use the oven! Hmm, we’re thinking of making some homemade frosting to go with this. It takes extra time, but getting to lick the bowl is worth it.

Directions

Whisk 1/4 cup flour, 5 tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk, 3 tablespoons vegetable oiland a dash of vanilla extract and salt in a large mug until smooth. Microwave until puffed, about 2 minutes

 

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