ROASTER PRO on Crock Pots – Dips are one of the first things that pop into my mind when I am asked to cater a dinner party. Usually these are smaller, informal dinner parties for eight to ten people.
My friends want to host the same kind of party on their own, without the services of a caterer, but they are really unequipped to prepare the menu, create the dishes and entertain as they try to serve a perfect dinner party. I will be the first to tell you that entertaining while you are cooking is not a real enjoyable event and will most likely stop you from trying it again. It is not a good idea and my friends have finally figured that out. But, instead of hiring me, they ask me to lunch and pick my brain for tips. My first tip? Crock pots and dips! And my second tip? Crock pots and hor’derves. My third tip? A roaster.
PLANNING THE FIRST HALF HOUR OF YOUR PARTY
One of the most important moments of any dinner party (whether that be a Christmas party, a garden party, or a football party) is when each guest arrives. You want to be at the door, inviting all of them in personally and guiding them into the event you’ve spent so much time setting up. But that doesn’t always happen, (in fact it rarely happens – unless you hire a caterer) and you start out your own party completely stressed.
And that is not how things should start. Let’s back track, start over and kill two birds with one stone. You will alleviate stress before it ever begins and you will be standing at the door meeting and greeting as your guests arrive. You will be in full control of your event and enjoying your party rather than servicing it.
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR CROCK POTS
One of my favorite little gadgets is the three ‘crock’ crock pot. It’s perfect. I use it for so many occasions that its hard to list them all. And it is the one thing that I never leave out when I am planning or catering a small, informal dinner party.
They are too cute to look at, they hold the perfect amount of food and you can set two or three out on a table and they will only compliment their stage. I personally use the ‘Little Triple Dipper.’ And actually I use three.
In one crock I place Buffalo Chicken Dip, that I made the night before and held in the refrigerator in one of the 16 ounce removable crocks, covered with it’s own lid. In the second crock I place Spinach-Parmesan Dip and in the third, Rio Grande Tex Mex Dip. I make all of the dips the night before.
About an hour before your guest arrive, set your cute little three ‘crock’ crock pots on your serving table. Decorate around them with small serving dishes, silverware, plates of cracker and cubes of hard breads. I always have plates of fresh vegetables and cold vegetable dips on the same table and of course, these too are prepared the night before and kept stored in the refrigerator.
WHAT ABOUT THE SECOND LITTLE TRIPLE DIPPER
Well, wings of course! BBQ, Garlic Parmesan and Buffalo.
And, depending on your personal preference and the size of your party, use a third Little Triple Dipper for your Little Wieners, Mini Meatballs and Bacon Wrapped Scallops.
These little gadgets are perfect and the recipes to fill them are unending.
Prepare your main dish in a roaster and have it simmering in the kitchen, ready to be plated and served in a moments notice.