Side Dishes That Every Guest Will Love

You’re a pro when it comes to hosting a lunch or dinner party and deciding the mains. But does finalizing the side dishes often leave you stumped? If you hire a Dubai caterer, they will probably be able to provide you a wide variety of options. However, here’s some inspiration for when you have to do it yourself and want your guests to be bowled over:  

Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes are a staple for most meals but work especially well with roasts or any meat dish. So serve up some baked mouthwatering wedges as the perfect side dish. Place the cut potatoes in a mixing bowl and toss with olive oil. Season with garlic, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and red chili flakes (optional for spiciness). Place them in a flat or casserole dish, not necessarily spread out, sprinkle some more parmesan cheese and bake. At least once, take them out to drizzle more olive oil, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper, and toss. Bake till the potatoes are cooked through. Sprinkle parsley and serve, with or without a dip.

Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? This indulgent, creamy dish is easy to make, everyone’s favorite and takes any meal up a notch. Just boil potatoes and mash them. Then add butter, some salt and pepper, and parmesan cheese and mix. For a richer texture and flavor, you can also add some cream. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Seven Layer Salad

No meal is complete without a good salad. Whether you make it for your office potluck or family dinner, the presentation of this layered salad adds panache to the table. You can even ask the catering services you hire for a party to replace the traditional salad options with this. The seven layers generally include lettuce, slices of hard-boiled eggs, peas, some more lettuce, your choice of meat, and cheese. Lightly sprinkle salt and pepper between each layer. Top it with a mixture of mayonnaise and sugar, covering it completely and refrigerate (overnight if possible). When serving, toss the salad and garnish with some green onions or fresh tomato slices.

Macaroni & Cheese

An easy-to-whip-up classic dish, macaroni and cheese makes for a flavorful side dish for almost any occasion. To prepare, boil the macaroni, drain and set aside. In a pan, melt butter and add some flour while stirring. Then, mix in some milk and cream until the sauce thickens, and season with some salt and pepper. Add some cheese to the sauce as well for a richer flavor. Add the macaroni, mix well and pour into a baking dish. Drizzle some melted butter and top with some crumbs (bread or croissant). Bake till the crumbs turn brown and enjoy this creamy delight! P.S: no judgment if you just want to skip the ‘side’ part and have it for lunch or dinner.  

Baked Tomatoes

This baked tomatoes recipe is a healthy alternative to most heavy side dishes and very convenient to make as well. Plus, this will definitely go down well with your weight-conscious guests as it doesn’t pack a lot of calories. Halve the tomatoes, and sprinkle cheese (parmesan is always a good option), salt, pepper and oregano. Then pop them in the oven for around 10-15 minutes till the tomatoes are tender and the cheese melts.

Garlic Noodles

Treat your guests to the garlicky goodness of this simple and tasty noodle dish. Start with the sauce by frying minced garlic (quantity according to how strong you want the taste) in butter or olive oil and season with the timeless salt and pepper. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Then, add the pasta (angel hair recommended) and cook till it is done. Take your pan off the heat and stir some parmesan cheese till it melts. Pour in some milk and cream (optional) to bind in all the flavors and serve as immediately as possible. Bonus tip: you can adapt it into a main dish by adding your favorite veggies and meat chunks for weeknight dinners.

Fried Zucchini

This healthy and versatile dish can be both an appetizer and a side dish, depending on how you plan your menu. Plus, it is one of the simplest side dishes to throw together, especially if you’re short on time. Slice up some zucchinis, dip them in milk, then flour, then back in the milk and then in your choice of crumbs. Fry until golden brown and they’re ready to be served.

So the next time you opt to show off your marvelous cooking skills by hosting a party, these side dishes can provide a special touch to your menu. However, you can have peace of mind by going for catering in Dubai to make sure you enjoy your own party as well. Look up professional catering services easily on ServiceMarket.   

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