A good weeknight dinner for guests?
My in-laws are coming in on Thursday and we will be eating in. I will have to work all day so I would like something that could be mostly prepped ahead and then put together on Thursday. Up to an hour of cooking time on Thursday would be ok. Doesn't need to fancy. They love all kinds of food. I was thinking of the braised chicken with shallots, garlic and balsmic from Epicurious but would love any other recs. I am sort of at a loss with this one. I do want to impress too :-)
Not super impressive, but quick, easy and delicious- how about shrimp scampi. Can be served simply with a salad and some crusty bread.
My inlaws, and other guests, love a unique drink to strart off a meal. Mix a sidecar or offer lemon drops and a nice appetizer as easy as smoked salmon and cheese or bruschetta with tomatoes and basil. There are a lot of desserts you can make in advance, especially tarts and pies. Do you have an ice cream maker? If you serve the yummy braised chicken from Epicurious, buy some yummy artisan bread and serve it with this quick dip (I usually mix the ingredients in a small glass then right before serving, invert and pour it into a shallow dish for sharing):
1/3 cup olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
2 cloves minced or pressed garlic
Pinch red pepper flakes
1-2 T fresh basil or flat-leaf parsley cut in chiffonade
One of my favorite tricks to fancy up a worthy loaf of bread; my kids love it too!