The summer is upon us and after a year of being unable to see our family and friends, it looks like the pandemic is coming to an end.
After 2020 most of us are raring to host get-togethers at our homes and today we want to share some fun recipe ideas you should try.
Cooking for guests is amazing and whether you use a recipe book, get tablet repair and use your device, or follow your own rules – cooking for a crowd can be fun and rewarding.
These recipes are great as snacks, side dishes, or main meals and will be sure to impress anyone who comes to your home to visit you this summer.
When hosting a party with food it’s always useful to have a go to salad recipe on hand. This simple salad will bring together simple ingredients along with fresh flavour to give a healthy side dish to any meal.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp chives
- 1 tbsp pesto
- 200g mixed leaves
- 100g spinach
- 50g grated carrot
- 8 asparagus stalks, chopped
- 2 tbsp Parmesan
- To make a simple dressing you’ll need a container with a lid such as a small Tupperware or a jar. Add the olive oil, vinegar, a minced garlic clove, chives, and pesto and secure with a lid. Shake until mixed well. Taste to check for seasoning and adjust to your liking.
- In a large bowl, combine all of your salad ingredients and dressing. Toss and massage the dressing into the leaves.
- Serve this with steaks, pizza, or grilled chicken for a yummy summer meal.
Simple hasselback potatoes
When thinking of a fun recipe for guests – there is nothing better than hasselback potatoes. These look impressive and are super easy to make, and you can enjoy your time in the kitchen with your recipe on a tablet to make this into a more exciting activity. These potatoes go amazingly with barbecue food and are the ideal side dish to try.
- 400g baby potatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp pepper
- 2 tbsp fresh chives
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- To prep – preheat your oven at 220C and add some oil onto a baking sheet. Make sure this is nice and hot before the potatoes are added to make a crispy bottom.
- Take a potato and make a cut about an inch away from the end, don’t cut all the way through. Continue slicing every centimetre until you have an accordion effect. Repeat on all potatoes.
- Microwave your potatoes for 4 minutes. This will help to ensure they are cooked inside and will help them crisp up in the oven.
- Place on your hot baking tray and add herbs and seasonings. Make sure to sprinkle an even amount onto each potato. Shake the tray to allow oil to coat the potatoes.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes until crispy and golden.
Pizza is such a crowd pleaser and whether you decide to make your pizzas in the oven or out in a pizza oven, this dough is a winner and the recipe is super simple. You can mix and match toppings as you like or even allow your guests to add their own toppings when you host them. It’s a fun recipe to make and one that will please everyone in your household!
Makes 4 pizzas – double up for 8
- 500g strong bread flour
- 7g dry active yeast
- 325ml lukewarm water
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- Tomato purée
- Other toppings (pepperoni, onion, mushroom etc)
- In a jug, add your water, yeast and sugar and mix, leave for 10 minutes to bloom. After 10 minutes the yeast should be fizzy, if not, the yeast is dead and you’ll need to start again.
- In a large bowl, add your flour and salt and mix. Pour in your yeast mixture and combine into a dough. Turn out onto a floured work surface.
- Knead for 10 minutes until elastic and smooth, add to an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Leave for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
- Once doubled. Knock the air out of the dough by punching it and turn out onto a floured worksurface. Split into 4 and leave to rest for 10 minutes. Roll out into a pizza shape and add your tomato purée as a sauce, cheese, and toppings.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 220C for 10-15 minutes.