More Genius Dinner Party Recipes

November 19, 2015 , In: Appetizers, Family Friendly Meal, Mains , With: No Comments

Last week I asked some of this country’s top food bloggers for their favourite recipe to serve when they have guests over.  I wanted easy and tasty.  I wanted that dish they serve again and again.  I was so excited to hear what they had to say and I can’t wait to incorporate some of these dishes in my own repertoire.

Party-Sized Kale, Spinach and Artichoke Dip from The Girls on Bloor

Taylor & Nathalie,  The Girls on Bloor
We repeatedly make this spin off on the traditional spinach dip for when guests come over because it’s usually a huge crowd pleaser. The kale and artichokes serve as extra veggies so you can justify it as a somewhat healthier, yet still indulgent treat. If nothing else, it’s super easy to make and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish – just in time for you to finish getting ready for the party!
Blackberry Bruschetta from Princess and The Yard Ape
Kellie MacMillan, Princess and the Yard Ape
My recipe for Blackberry Bruschetta is such a great crowd pleaser.  Kids love it, and it is super easy to make.  It can be prepped before hand and put together in a flash.  It truly showcases how simple food & wine pairing is.  People who are just getting in to wine want to lick their plates.  I’ve served it to chefs and other professionals in the food + wine industry and they have been wowed. One person even said, “In my head I was thinking this is crazy but it so works.  It’s brilliant.”
Pineapple and Cheese Sticks from She Eats
Kristy Gardner from She Eats
The first time my fiancé said he’d be serving our dinner guests “cheese and pineapple”, I scoffed. How can canned pineapple and wedges of old cheddar work? 7 years later, I stand corrected and converted. Be warned: These are highly addictive, unpretentious, fun, quick and best of all, very yummy. We now serve them at any gathering and they fly off the tray faster than anything else. Every. Single. Time.
Lentil Soup from The Spicy Eggplant
Ginni Kelley, The Spicy Eggplant
This is one of our all time family favourites and I make it almost once a week. Its one of those soups that you can spice up like a curry if you want, or keep it simple as a comforting soup or pour on top of rice or couscous to  make it a heavier meal.
Sweet'n Sour Slow Cooker Meatballs from 365 Days of Easy Recipes
These sweet’n sour meatballs are a super easy and fool proof party recipe. Let your slow cooker do all the work for you! Whether you use homemade meatballs or premade frozen, these meatballs are sure to be a huge hit at your next party. This recipe has been in the family for generations.
Dauphinoise Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Balderson White Cheddar from Jason Sandeman
This Dauphinoise potato dish kicked off a controversy; pressed or casserole style. With Caramelized onions and Balderson white cheddar, one thing is clear, these are unforgettable Dauphinoise potatoes.
Crispy Skin Chicken from Beyond Umami
Lilian Tse from Beyond Umami
This recipe is for making Crispy Skin Chicken without a deep fryer. It is easy to use as there is little prep needed. The secret is placing your chicken skin side down in a cold oven-safe pot. The result is juicy chicken with a crispy skin!
Maple Bacon Mac'n'Cheese from Heather's Eats
Heather Mitchell from Heather’s Eats
This recipe is special to me because it’s origins come from my Mom.  We didn’t have a lot of recipes that were uniquely hers but this one was.  I took it and made it my own and now it is my go-to dish for when I have company over simply because everyone loves it.

And for brunch…

Shakshuka from My Kitchen Love

Shakshuka aka Eggs Poached in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Samantha Gutmanis from My Kitchen Love

Eggs poached in a spicy tomato and red pepper sauce, topped with yogurt and mopped up with bread = one of the easiest and tastiest breakfasts you’ll ever make. I first made this on Christmas Day morning for 7 adults and two babies. The pan was basically licked clean. My main point has to be that the effort is ridiculously low for such a high delicious reward. Making anything on Christmas morning is a stretch goal, but this is certainly worth the minimal effort. Delicious for breakfast, but an amazing dinner as well.


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