Being the best host at your holiday gathering is very simple: spend less time in the kitchen and more time having small talk with the guests. Here’s how you could do both, and dish out a great meal
One element that makes the holidays in Oman so special is spending quality time with loved ones – even those visiting guests from the far end of the country.
When hosting, it is your chance to put smiles on your guests’ faces with tasty foods for everyone to enjoy. Spend less time in the kitchen preparing and more time with your guests with small changes and simple shortcuts that may be all it takes to bring ease to the holidays and be the host with the most (fun, that is).
Reinvent old favourites. Take your holiday appetisers and small bites from ordinary to exceptional with novel takes on your favourite recipes. For example, potato skins are a classic crowd-pleasing appetiser and easy-to-make snack. Give them a creative twist by stuffing potato halves with beef pepperoni and shredded mozzarella for a flavourful new way to enjoy a timeless favourite.
Make it easy. Have fun preparing a meal for guests and save time in the kitchen when using ingredients like meatballs. Flavour and substance are key to any great meal, especially when feeding a crowd. From appetisers to everyday dishes, frozen meatballs make it simple to create crowd-pleasing meals, cutting down on the preparation time so you can get back to fun and entertaining. Be the hero at your next holiday gathering with zesty meatball-baked ziti, which can be prepared and ready to serve in next-to-no time.
Stuffed Pepperoni Potato Skins
♣ 10 baby potatoes
♣ 2 1/2 tsp minced garlic
♣ 5 tsp pesto
♣ 20 tsp mozzarella cheese
♣ 10 slices small beef pepperoni/meatballs, diced
♣ Heat an oven to 177°C. Line a sheet pan with foil. Set aside.
♣ Rinse potatoes and place in a microwave on a high for 3 minutes.
♣ Remove potatoes from the microwave and let cool for 5 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out the centre of each potato to make boat.
♣ Fill each potato boat by evenly stuffing with minced garlic, pesto, cheese and pepperoni.
♣ Place potato skins on sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly. Remove skins from the oven and let cool before serving.
♣ 450g ziti pasta, uncooked
♣ 1 package (400g) meatballs, thawed
♣ 1 jar (680g) marinara sauce
♣ 2 cups grated mozzarella or provolone cheese
♣ Heat an oven to 190°C. Cook pasta according to package directions. Cut meatballs in half.
♣ In a large frying pan, combine marinara sauce and meatballs; bring the mixture to boil over a high heat. Reduce heat to a medium-low; stir well, cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes, or until meatballs are heated through, stirring once.
♣ Stir in drained pasta; mix well. Transfer half of the mixture to an 8-inch baking dish; top with 1 cup cheese. Repeat layering with the remaining pasta mixture and cheese.
♣ Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the mixture is heated through and cheese melted.