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Recipes tagged with: easy entertaining

Antipasto
  • Time: 20 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Antipasto

The foods offered before the meal is called the Antipasti. The plates are colorful with a variety of meats, olives, artichokes, eggs, anchovies and other ingredients to create a mini-feast.

An Italian tradition is to create an antipasti with a selection of color, flavor, texture and how well each complements each other. An antipasti is also considered a great way to get everyone socializing together.

*Cindy's Note* Antipasti or Antipasto? I get this question all the time. Here is the literal definition, Antipasto (plural) means "before the meal" and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, pepperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichokes, cheese, picked vegetables or meats and drizzled with oil and vinegar! 

 

  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Chicken Scallopine with Sauté Mushrooms and Creamy Asiago Polenta

You need 2 pans and less then 1 hour to prep, cook, set the table and enjoy this dinner!  This is quick and easy for a weeknight dinner or perfect for entertaining. Just add a fresh green salad to complete this dish.

 

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Brownies
  • Time: 55 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Brownies

Paleo OMG these brownies are delicious.  I have never used hazelnut flour/meal before and OMG it's really good.  

I hope you enjoy this Paleo dessert recipe!

Enjoy

 

Individual Beef Wellington
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Individual Beef Wellington

As you may know (if you follow my blog) that we just love to entertain.  I love making it easy for me so I don't have a big mess to clean and prep as mush in advance.  My dishes looked like I spent all day but they don't know but I took a nap before everyone arrived...  Enjoy

Note:If you want to make this dish Paleo just omit the puff pastry and serve the beef with mushroom and roast your favorite vegetables!  Also, if you sear your beef in a really hot pan for just a few minutes to get that nice crust.  Set aside and bake for 15 at 400 and it will be perfect medium rare!

 

Lamb Chops wrapped with Prosciutto
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Lamb Chops wrapped with Prosciutto

These make a perfect appetizer for any occasion. This is a quick yet gourmet appetizer to really dazzle your guests! If you can't find lamb chops ask your butch to cut up a rack of lamb into individual chops. They will gladly do it for you! You can assemble the chops in advance and keep refrigerated until ready to grill.

*Cind's Note* To finely mince garlic, after you peel and chop your garlic continue to finely chop. Take a pinch of sea salt and sprinkle on the garlic. Take the flat edge of your chefs knife and press firmly down to the garlic and rub on the board.

 

Mushroom and Gruyere Tart
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Mushroom and Gruyere Tart

Are you looking for a WOW appetizer!  Here you go.  Now you can cook up the mushrooms and onions earlier in the day and shred up the cheese then assemble and bake!  So easy and so yummy!  We cut into quarters and placed on a platter.

 

 

Oregano Roasted Split Chicken Dinner
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Oregano Roasted Split Chicken Dinner

My new Paleo recipe Oregano Roasted Split Chicken Dinner was inspired by the fresh Oregano my friend Kathy had in her front yard.  She has the best herbs in her yard and I love going over to her house and picking what I need during the summer while we are down the street at our lake house.  Thanks Kathy!  xo

I made this meal for our lake friends Bill and Lorraine and we all enjoyed every bite!  The spinach, olives and roasted sweet potatoes went great.

My butcher sliced the whole chickens in half to make this dinner super easy for me! Please enjoy this Paleo Chicken Dinner with your family or friends!

 

 

Paleo Chicken and Dumplings
  • Time: 2 1/2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Paleo Chicken and Dumplings

It's been so cold here in Connecticut that comfort food is perfect sitting by the fireplace.  I just love roasted chicken so I decided to make 2 and create a few dishes at once.  

 

Roasted Cauliflower and Bacon
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Roasted Cauliflower and Bacon "Mac and Cheese"

It's end of summer and cleaning out the kitchen before we head back to Florida.  I spotted a head of cauliflower  and thought this recipe would go great with the BGE Ribs we are making today!

PS - We always have bacon!!!

 

Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Pork Chop with a Spicy Cream Sauce
  • Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Sausage and Pepper Stuffed Pork Chop with a Spicy Cream Sauce

At the lake we love trying new recipes especially when we are using our Big Green Egg.  We are testing recipes for an upcoming project and this one was definitely a winner.  We hope you give this recipe a try.

Enjoy xo 

Cindy

Cindy's Tip:  Your butcher will be more than happy to cut the pocket for you.  Just ask..  

 

Sausage Bundles
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Sausage Bundles

This is a recipe I created a few years ago for my husband. I make these for all of our dinner parties, but always have a few in the freezer to pull out for an amazing and delicious appetizer.

These are made ahead—it does take a few hours to make these little bundles, but making plenty in advance means less work later! Separate into portion sizes and freeze. You bake these without defrosting.

 

Sauté Spinach and Kale topped with Caramelized Shallots
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Sauté Spinach and Kale topped with Caramelized Shallots

I was watching the foodnetwork and Bobby Flay was making this recipe and OMG it looked so good but I wanted to make it a little healthier so this is what inspired me.  I just LOVE shallots and OMG was this side dish amazing. I served it with my Stuffed Turkey and enjoyed this dinner with my lake neighbors and hubby.  

My husband pared this dish with our favorite Peju wine!

Enjoy!

Cindy's Note: You can make the shallots up to a day in advance and just store in the refrigerator until you made the spinach and kale.  (that is what I did)

Shrimp with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley
  • Time: 10 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Shrimp with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley

Are you looking for a super easy, delicious appetizer that will make your guests to WOW!  Always keep a bag of frozen shrimp in your freezer.  You can also enjoy with pasta (spaghetti squash) to make it a meal.  

We make this appetizer all summer long at the lake and it's a big hit.

Enjoy

 

Zucchini Flan
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Zucchini Flan

This recipe was inspired by our last visit to Tuscany!  I ordered this at our dinner and came home then recreated them for a dinner party we had at our lake house. Of course I sprinkled mine with Parmesan cheese - So did everyone else!  Enjoy..