Favorite (relatively simple) Party or Housewarming Dish
I lean more towards the baking side of things then the straight up cooking side when it comes to wowing from the kitchen. I'm hosting a house warming party and while I have plenty of ideas of things to make, I feel like I'm constantly coming up with the same things over and over. This is where the board comes in and the wonderful regional favorites and differences in background for influence.
My question, as stated by the topic, is what is/are some of your favorite and relatively simple party or housewarming dishes to make? Please no cocktails or the like. Bonus if you can point myself and others towards a tried and true recipe.
I like to serve grilled or baked prawns with a dip of raspberry jam mixed with really hot horseradish; also easy is blanched asparagus wrapped in proscuitto and sprinkled with lemon zest.
Dumplings (jiaoxi, guotie, potstickers, gyoza etc) are really popular especially if guests get plates but they're a PITA to make and cook in large numbers especially if you want to hang out with your guests.
You could do a temaki-sushi bar or fish tacos, which would leave the impetus on your guests to serve themselves. Gravlaks and accompaniments would also work and wouldn't take too much time either (Andreas Viestad has a nice gravlaks cure in his Kitchen of Light cookbook).
Or do a 70s throwback and serve Swedish meatballs in a chafing dish.
I love a platter with rows of crostinis with different types of toppings.. olive tapenade, tomato and basil, smear of cream cheese and lox, lentil/walnut pate..
I have always loved artichoke squares and they are super easy to make. Buy a small (or large) wheel of brie and wrap it in puff pastry, you could add something on top of the brie before the puff such as cranberries and chopped pecans or sundried tomatoes and pesto, bake it off and I promise you it will be devoured.
Here is the recipe I use. I got it somewhere on the web but don't recall where.
2 cups jarred artichokes, drained
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 clove chopped garlic
2 tblspn fresh lemon juice
1 tblspn chopped oregano
4 lg eggs
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/2 lb grated Asiago
Grease an 8 inch square dish and line with parchment.
In food processor pulse first 6 ingredients until finely chopped but NOT pureed. Add remaining ingredients individually pulsing after each addition. Scrape into prepared pan. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes. Cool before cutting into squares and store in the fridge until ready to serve. Serve cold or at room temp.
So good and so easy!
One thing I've had before but not made, but which was delicious, was a soft tortilla, smeared with guacamole and a piece of ham layered over. The tortilla was rolled up and sliced, so each piece was a pinwheel. It was delicious and very pretty.