Once you’ve got a rough idea about quantities, you can focus on thinking about the fun part — the menu!
Mains That’ll Make You the Host with the Most
Always start by picking the star of your show: the main dish. This gives you a starting point for rounding out the rest of the menu with complementary flavors and different types of dishes. Ideally, you’re looking for a main dish that can be made almost completely ahead, so you can focus on your guests when they arrive.
- All of our recipes list number of servings, but keep in mind that serving sizes are just guidelines. A hearty eater might eat more than one serving of a main dish if it’s served alone. This is where adding appetizers or sides can take the edge off for those with big appetites.
- Plan for an unexpected guest or two, just to be on the safe side. This way you’re covered, if someone is famished or if they bring an extra guest. No matter what, it’s better to err on the side of having too much.
- Think about the time of day. People usually expect a lighter meal at lunch or brunch and a heartier dinner.