Black and white dress code? Easy enough to dig out of the closet. But a fashionable desert you can easily craft on top of everything else on your plate? Your menu should be as simple as setting the table and arranging the tablecloth. From salad to desert, we’ve got a complete menu ready to impress any guests, be it your new in-laws, prospective clients or favorite gal pals.
Salad: The colors and different ingredients really sell this simple salad. With technically only four steps and 22 minutes to completion you can spend time on what really matters. Get this Asparagus Artichoke Salad recipe at SimplyRecipes.com.
Appetizer: Preheat, prep, puff pastry and poof! A super elegant appearing appetizer is completed! Get this Baked Brie recipe at SimplyRecipes.com as well.
Simple Dinner: One skillet, one baking pan, and just three steps to a really impressive dinner pizza that’s far from ordering out. Get this people pleasing pizza recipe from Taste of Home.
Fancy Dinner: Pick the fun looking pasta, a leafy green like broccoli rabe (already sounding impressive though Kale, chard, mustard greens or spinach will work in a pinch!) A one pot recipe what you can easily add shrimp to make a whole meal. Get this pasta with garlicky broccoli rabe recipe from Smitten Kitchen.
Side: Steamed bag vegetables. Trust us. Five minutes in the microwave after everything else is done and let cool while you start to bring food out to the table. Nothing simpler.
Desert: When in doubt, pudding served in a fancy dishes, champagne glasses, or tumblers will be presentation perfect, either from a box or from this two minute Tiramisu recipe from Kraft.