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Apr 10, 2008 03:15 PM

DINNER FOR 8- Saturday 4-12

What should I serve for a dinner party for 8 that isn't too slavy in the kitchen? I don't want make ahead stuff like baked pastas, etc.

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  1. You don't say what kind of party or what dietary restrictions there are, but you could do a roasted beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce, which would be elegant but expensive, or perhaps a roasted leg of lamb. Both are very easy and don't require any hands-on cooking time other than salting and peppering the meat.

    1. Paella is a nice one dish meal that always impresses. If you have all the chopping done ahead of time and have the last item to go into the pan just as guests arrive, the timing is good. It takes about 45 minutes after that to be ready for serving. So nice time for hors d'oeuvres.

      1. I make a rolled pork loin roast from a Batali recipe that I love - it's served at room temp. You do have to brine overnight etc. If you want the recipe, I'll be happy to find the link for you. We had it for Christmas this year.

          1. I like roasting a chicken or two; then serve w/ some homemade bread, maybe some butternut squash soup, roasted vegetables (cauliflower, onions, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms), and maybe some sort of grain salad like lentils, beans, and quinoa. For dessert, maybe a trifle.

            If you prefer meat, brisket surrounded by onions, carrots and potatoes. Make some simple salads with fresh produce and some crusty bread. Some florentines w/ a little vanilla ice cream.