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Aug 4, 2014 10:31 AM

Quick and easy

What is the quickest, easiest, tastiest main dish you make when you unexpectedly have to feed people? You have time to go shopping - ingredients don't have to be store cupboard.

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  1. Joe's Specials

    1. Antipasto platter or roast chicken, depending on the time of year. And for me, it has to be in my pantry/fridge or it's not "easy" or "quick".

      1. Carbonara

        Parm or pecorino
        Pasta water

        Super simple, easy to make and delicious
        If you can't find all the ingredients make something else though. It's really not the same with bacon or panchetta instead of guanciale.

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        1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

          Gotta disagree re the bacon. It's not AS good but it's still REALLY good, IMO. And I use the Hazan recipe which includes parsley which I think is important. Oh, wait, I don't add salt :)

        2. How many people?

          I always have ingredients for garlicky Mediterranean-style fish on hand:
          Frozen fish fillets
          Canned tomatoes
          Black olives

          Served with faux-tatoes or rice.

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          1. re: Seeker19104

            Could you elaborate a smidge on that please?

          2. Spiral-cut ham if they eat it, lots of rolls and mustards, some cheese and picnic-style side dishes (potato salad, cole slaw, etc).
            Roast chicken with basic fixings like mashed potatoes (or corn on the cob in season) and a green vegetable and/or salad (tomato salad in season).
            You didn't say cheapest -- roast tenderloin of beef is easy, with horseradish sauce, green salad and nice bread is quick, easy and very tasty. Could add roasted potatoes.

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            1. re: GretchenS

              Ditto number one. maybe throw together some Cowboy Beans as a side.