We all want to spend time with our guests no matter the age, instead of spending lots of time in the kitchen. Here are some simple things to do to get you out of the kitchen and into the fun stuff.
Baking Pancakes, A Healthy Breakfast
Baked pancakes for breakfast can be a fast and easy meal, and they can also be healthy.
Make your pancake batter from scratch or a mix as you normally do. Now instead of frying them on the stove, pour the batter into a lightly oiled, edged cookie sheet. You can sprinkle the top with fresh fruit or bacon and shredded ham, you know it will be in all the pancakes eventually.
Bake them at 375 Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes to make sure they brown a bit on the top. They will puff up a bit and that incorporates the toppings into the pancakes.
When done simply cut the large pancake into nice size pieces, and serve with any topping you like.
It’s a great recipe because you can be out of the kitchen while they bake, and the mixing and prep time is 5 min.
Baked Bacon, Less Mess
Here is one for cooking bacon. Not faster to cook, but easier on the clean up.
Put bacon in a single layer on a tin foil covered cookie sheet. Cook at 375 -400 Fahrenheit in the oven and bake until crispy.
This is a great way to cook bacon because there’s no oil spatter on stove, and you have freed up about 10 minutes to do other things. Also the bacon isn’t all curled up so it makes nice sandwiches especially toasted bacon and tomato sandwiches.
Feeding Guests Save on Prep Work
When you know you are going to have company, a few days before they arrive make up a pot of potatoes and another of macaroni. Keep these in the fridge, if they’re well sealed a few days won’t damage them, and you can quickly make up a snack or meal without all the prep work. The potato’s can be used for potato salad or made into home fries for an unhealthy breakfast. The macaroni can be made for macaroni salad or into macaroni and cheese casserole.
This is quick and easy as you don’t have to wait to cook it and then cool it before you can use them. Do the same with rice and it can be part of a Chinese meal or added to a soup. I’ve found that fried rice is better with day old rice. Less moisture and it absorbs the flavours better.
Easy to Make Sloppy Joes
Now I am sure that everyone has heard of Sloppy Joes. Here is a different recipe with no tomato sauce.
Brown the hamburger in a skillet, when browned add a can of mushroom soup, along with just half a can of water.
Mix this and lay out the bottom half of the buns in a shallow roaster. Put the meat mixture on the buns, add the tops, and after you have used up all the meat even putting it on the top of the sandwiches, cover the pan with tin foil. Turn the oven to 350 Fahrenheit and bake for about 10 min. This is just to let the steam warm the buns really.
Serve it with what ever you like, but french fries go great with youngsters. They’re messy as all get out, but a great meal. Ketchup is the only topping you really need, but a lot of napkins is a good idea.
So when feeding youngsters think back to what you and your own children enjoyed. Add a few changes and go for it. Children never really change so what yours liked will probably be a hit.
If you have any you would care to share please feel free to add them in the comments box.