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When you are entertaining, it can be difficult to figure out a meal that everyone will enjoy. Kids are often quite fussy about what they want to eat and many adults aren’t much better! Providing a delicious meal can also get tricky when your party includes vegans, vegetarians, people with intolerances and people with allergies.
Though you could go trawling through recipe books, sometimes the easiest option is to simply to a meze meal. This might sound difficult but you can actually make it quite easy on yourself by buying ready-made components such as antipasti, including olives, stuffed vine leaves, and peppers, pitta bread and chips. Kids and fussy eaters really like this option because it makes it easy to pick and choose what they want to eat. You might even find that they try new things while no-one is looking!
But here are a few easy recipes you might like to try.
Hummus is a great recipe because it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and takes no time to complete. The recipe on themediterraneandish.com is particularly smooth and tasty but hummus is the kind of dish that is easy to make to your own taste. To make your hummus more exciting, you can also add other ingredients such as a few roasted red peppers (easy to buy ready-made in a jar) or avocado.
Another recipe that’s easy to make, quiche is quick to prepare – especially if you buy a ready-made pastry. The basics of quiche are simple: whisk your eggs with a bit of milk so that they are light and fluffy, add a handful or two of grated cheese, then stir in your filling. Feta and spinach is delicious as is red pepper and tomato but you could go for anything you fancy.
Salad can be contentious, particularly if your tastes vary significantly from your family. If you are hosting several particularly fussy eaters, it might be best to prep your salad veg and put it out in different bowls – a bowl of cucumber, a bowl of tomatoes, a bowl of lettuce, and so on. But there are a few salad recipes that tend to work quite well. Caprese salad – a simple mix of tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil – is basically a form of cold pizza. Caesar salad is also popular though do be aware that most Caesar dressings contain anchovies.
Skewers and Picks
Skewers are great for meze because they look good, taste delicious and, aside from a bit of construction work, are really easy to make. Chicken is a natural choice for skewers but shrimp and cheese cubes work well too. There are a lot of recipes you could try, with varying degrees of difficulty, and frankly, several recipes would work just as well in a bowl – let your guests build their own skewer!
Putting out a few different foods is a good way to make sure everyone finds something they like. Asking for a list of your friend’s favorite foods could also help you to decide what to cook, especially if you have friends with restrictive diets. Have fun!