You want to host a dinner party, but you’re not sure what the best entrees to serve will be. Don’t worry!
To help with these problems, we’ve put together this list of five delicious entrees that are simple enough for a weeknight but impressive enough for a dinner party.
Chicken Parmesan is the Italian version of chicken fried steak, with breaded chicken cutlets and tomato sauce instead of a thick coating in frying oil.
The dish requires only basic ingredients—chicken, marinara sauce and cheese—but it’s so popular that you can find dozens of variations online. Most recipes call for two types of cheese (usually mozzarella and parmesan), but some also include crumbled bacon.
Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and garlic. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken strips and cook until golden brown on each side and cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes total (longer for larger pieces of meat).
Add broccoli florets to the skillet and toss with tongs to combine with the chicken. Stir in soy sauce until evenly coated. Serve over rice or noodles!
This dish is a great way for your family to eat more broccoli. The chicken and soy sauce add flavor, so there’s no need for extra salt or seasoning.
Lemon Garlic Pork Chops
When you cook pork chops, you should ensure that the chops are 1/2 inch thick and cook them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes. You can baste the pork with butter and lemon juice during this time to give it more flavor.
Steak au Poivre
Steak au poivre is a French dish that consists of a tender steak topped with a creamy sauce. The sauce is made from butter, onions, brandy and black peppercorns. It’s served with mashed potatoes and green beans or asparagus on the side.
Baked Sloppy Joes
This kid-friendly meal is as easy to make as it is fun to eat. The classic American dish gets a healthy upgrade with lean ground beef and plenty of vegetables, making this recipe a fun take on an old favorite.
Baked Salmon with Dill Lemon Sauce
This dish is perfect for a spring or summer night. The dill lemon sauce adds a fresh twist, while the salmon is tender and juicy. This recipe is simple enough for beginners, but it’s also impressive enough for even the most seasoned chefs! Best of all? This meal comes with only 350 calories per serving (not including sides).
One of the best things about cooking is that it’s never just about cooking. It’s about creating a meal that your family and friends will love and sharing in the joy of good food. So don’t be afraid to experiment with new ingredients, try new recipes, or even make up your own! You might find yourself surprised at how much fun it can be. What are you waiting for? Get started on those entrees now!