You don't have to wait for the weekend to celebrate. This simple weekday entertaining menu comes together quickly for a great after-work gathering.
Follow the make-ahead directions and this classic appetizer can easily be served fresh from the oven the moment guests walk through your door.
Take advantage of convenient mini phyllo shells that can turn almost any filling into a party-ready appetizer. This recipe combines chopped turkey breast with crispy bacon, avocados, and grape tomatoes for bite-size servings that always hit the spot.
Fish is a quick and stylish food choice, perfect for weeknight entertaining. To nail perfect timing, start the vegetable rice cooking on the stovetop and the tuna marinating in the wasabi-teriyaki sauce while guests are busy mingling over appetizers. The next two slides show how to prepare the tuna skewers.
To make tuna skewers, cut tuna across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick strips. The next slide shows the best way to add the fish strips to the skewers.
After cutting the fish strips, loosely thread fish on skewers in an accordion fold. Our Tuna Skewers with Vegetable Rice recipe includes more step-by-step instructions and tips to complete these delicious bites.
Salmon is a great make-ahead option for a weeknight meal. The goat cheese and bacon add a touch of sophistication to this chilled entree. The next slide shows one of our favorite tips for preparing a baking pan for a recipe like Cold Roasted Salmon.
To prepare a baking pan, such as for the Cold Roasted Salmon recipe, use a pastry brush or paper towel to brush shortening evenly over the bottom of the pan, taking care not to leave any uncoated shiny spots. If the recipe calls for oil, use the type of oil specified.
To prepare apples for recipes like Mock Apple Crisp, rinse apples with warm water and scrub with a produce brush. To peel, use a vegetable peeler or paring knife; start at the stem end and circle around to the blossom end.
You can quickly remove the core with a handy apple corer (as shown in photo). Or, cut the apple into four pieces through the stem and blossom ends. Cut away the core and seeds, stem, and blossom end. The next slide shows the best way to slice apples.