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Recipes tagged with: entertaining

Best Homemade Sloppy Joes
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Best Homemade Sloppy Joes

Remember childhood sloppy joes… This is so much better and perfect for after school snacks. You can just serve on your favorite buns, over spaghetti or grilled vegetables for a paleo option.  

Anyway you decided will be great.  Just double the recipe to feed a crowd.

Cindy's Tip!  Make ahead and just keep warm in your slow cooker to enjoy anytime.  We love to keep this on the counter at our lake house.  The kids can serve themselves when they are hungry!  Yummy

 

Best Ribs Ever on the EGG®
  • Time: 8 hours or more
  • Complexity: easy

Best Ribs Ever on the EGG®

Before I begin let me just say for the record. Bone Suckin' Sauce reached out to me and asked if I would test out their products.  We said sure since we love to BBQ on our Big Green Egg.  We have made a few different recipes using their products and we just LOVE their products.  

These ribs are amazing.  Go ahead and get some of their sauce and make some ribs!

Enjoy xo

What you need!

  • Plate Setter
  • V-Rack
  • Disposable pan (aluminum)
  • Slop Mop for your BBQ sauce

 

  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

Perfect for company at the lake!

Cindy's important tip! Be sure to zest the lemon first then squeeze for the fresh juice!

 

Eggplant Salad
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Eggplant Salad

This is a summertime hit, yet great anytime! Make this salad a day in advance if you have the time. The flavors will be even better.  

 

Garlic Crusted Rack of Lamb with Shallot Sauce
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Garlic Crusted Rack of Lamb with Shallot Sauce

OMG - That is the only work I can think of to start this recipe.  I love one pot recipes and this one was  a big hit for dinner.  We had another couple over for dinner and my husband kept asking me, "are you sure that pan is big enough"  Of course honey!  My lodge cast iron pan is Amazing and has not left my stove stop for the entire month of December!  The shallot sauce really made this dish pop with extra flavor.  All of those bits from the lamb along with the shallot, mustard and broth were the perfect combination!

Go ahead and make this! 

BTW! Mostly because it's just Glenn and I (and of course Jake) we don't need to do big shopping therefore I go almost everyday.  Almost everyone I know has told me the meats at Costco are great!  We really had a hard time believing that as we go to specialty meat markets for ours.  Well, I was at Costco with my sister-in-law and she grabbed 2 so I decided to get myself a few.  WOW the meat was amazing!  Very impressed by their meats.  Great for families or entertaining!

 

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!

 

Maple Bacon (with a hint of heat)
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: very easy

Maple Bacon (with a hint of heat)

My husband and I just love going to Cancun, Mexico.  It has become one of our favorites and last minute get-a-way.  The first time I ever had bacon in a glass was at Harry's Prime Steakhouse.  When you sit outside in the bar area they set down a tall glass full of bacon pieces.  How cool is that!  I make it at home now for the kids and they just love it.

We have a weekly "bring a friend to dinner" and I thought this would be a great idea for a champagne glass set at the kitchen table and not to mention a conversation starter!  

These are so easy and so yummy but the only caution is my oven got a little smoked up from the maple syrup so light up a candle!

Enjoy and have fun with these!

 

Meatball Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Meatball Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

If you love spaghetti squash and meatballs then go ahead and make this recipe!  I made this for friends and the entire plate vanished.  I doubled up the recipe to feed about 20 and I had one for tasting then another one at the party.  OMG Paleo Meatball Stuffed Spaghetti Squash you are delicious.

Enjoy this recipe today!

 

Meatloaf Sliders with Spicy Ketchup
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Meatloaf Sliders with Spicy Ketchup

Making these gourmet meatloaf sliders were a big hit at a party I was hired as the Chef for an engagement party.  I didn't use those standard slider buns!  On No...  I used a gourmet french loaf then added my homemade ketchup and roasted red peppers.  

We couldn't keep the platter full.  Go ahead and give them a try at your next dinner party.

 

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce

Many restaurants offer a mixed grill in Tuscany.  My husband and I would order 2 meals and share to try more food.  We always loved to experiment with the mix grill and the anchovy sauce adds so much flavor. 

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.

 

 

Pork Tenderloin with Peppers and Onions
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Pork Tenderloin with Peppers and Onions

Here is another great one-pot meal that is also ready in 30 minutes!  We just love our Paleo Recipes and especially one-pot that are great for entertaining.  I made this for friends and brought the pan to the table!  Perfect....

If you don't have Cindy's Tuscan Blend then use the following (this is not my blend but a good substitute for this recipe) 

  1. 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  2. 1 teaspoon dried basil
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

 

 

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.

 

Tabbouleh and Hummus Platter
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Tabbouleh and Hummus Platter

We love to entertain and I love to make a tabbouleh and hummus platter.  I usually put a little aside and for lunch I take a large romaine lettuce leaf add a few slices of thinly sliced turkey breast then a heaping on hummus and tabbouleh.  So delicious!

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..

 

Zucchini Fritters
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Zucchini Fritters

There is something about these zucchini fritter that makes everyone around me so happy! I end up making a double batch and freezing them.  I always start by making these as a side dish but the best part is for breakfast. Just warm the fritter in the microwave for under 1 minute and top with a poached egg.

You can also add other vegetables such as a sweet potato, yellow onion or red bell pepper.  This is a great way to use left over vegetables in your refrigerator.

**Cindy's Tip! There are a couple of ways to shred your zucchini.  I use the blade attachment on my food processor or you can use a box cheese grater.  To do this, clean your zucchini, cut off both ends and grate. ** 

You can also find this recipe in my cookbook: Paleo Italian Cooking.