Hack Your Dinner Party!
Put together a low-effort but killer gathering by making one standout centerpiece dish (hey, we didn't say no effort!) and using some store-bought shortcuts for the appetizers, side dishes, and dessert. A few smart cheats, and everybody eats!
Chicken & Chorizo Paella
Paella party! Make this big-batch of paella and hack the rest of the menu. For an appetizer, add oomph to supermarket olives by simmering them in olive oil with grated garlic, rosemary sprigs, and strips of orange zest over low heat for 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Churros with Chocolate Sauce
Cheat this dessert classic by using frozen churros or fresh cinnamon doughnut holes.
Roasted Leg of Lamb with Fennel, Tomatoes & White Beans
Serve this impressive main dish with grilled veggies from your supermarket salad bar! Top them with EVOO, red wine vinegar and crumbled feta.
With plenty of fresh oranges and Grand Marnier, nobody will even notice that the crepes are store-bought.
Make-Your-Own Falafel Bar
Add fresh mint and cherry tomatoes to store-bought tabbouleh, and mix jarred tahini with garlic & lemon juice for super easy toppings.
Everything in this fancy ice cream treat is straight from the supermarket!
Spicy Boiled Shrimp, Corn & Potatoes with Parsley Butter
Hack your appetizer for this southern shrimp boil: serve cucumber rounds with store-bought pimento cheese and snipped chives.
Blueberry Angel Cake with Bourbon Whipped Cream
Cheat this dessert by using store-bought angel food cake! Nobody will ever know the difference.
Korean Bo Ssam Pulled Pork
Serve this impressive dish with pre-cooked rice, then top with cilantro, toasted sesame oil and a dollop of miso paste mixed with sriracha.
Coconut-Mango Lime Sorbet
No ice cream machine required--let your food processor & freezer do the heavy lifting.