Simple Fall Entertaining Menu

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Turn up the heat in your menu when you entertain this fall and winter. Whether you have 15 guests for a casual dinner party or 50 guests for a formal affair, these fall menu options will have your guests asking for seconds. With cold weather outside, you want your guests to warm up with a hearty meal. Soups and chilis aren’t your only options. Serving a simple, yet tasty, home-cooked meal is easier than you think.  The key to entertaining with home-cooked foods is choosing the right recipes. Nothing kills your desire to entertain faster than a complicated menu with an extensive list of ingredients you have to shop all over town to find! Create a simple entertaining menu to help simplify your preparations. This fall, try one of these simple, heart-warming recipes for your next dinner party!

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3 Main-Attraction Meat Dishes For Your Fall Entertaining Menu:

1. Coffee Rubbed Steaks. In a small mixing bowl, mix 1/4 cup Espresso grounds, 1 Tbs. paprika, 1/4 cup Ancho Chili Powder, 2 Tbs. dark brown sugar, and a pinch of salt, pepper, and dry mustard. Mix spices well and rub each side of a 2 in. thick bone-in rib eye steak with the dry rub. Then, place them in a preheated cast iron skillet drizzled with olive oil. Sear the steaks about 3 minutes on each side, then remove to a baking sheet to finish cooking at 350 for approximately 8-10 minutes to achieve a “medium” to medium rare temperature. Once removed, let stand for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

2. Rosemary Roasted Chicken. Clean a large whole chicken. Rub with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and rosemary. If you like, crush a few cloves of garlic and place with a sprig of rosemary inside the cavity of the chicken. Roast on 350 for 1 hour, or until juices run clear.

3. Classic Meatloaf. Who can resist Mom’s traditional meatloaf? You may have turned your head as a kid, but this time, the meatloaf won’t be dry!

Mix 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, 1 cup crushed garlic croutons, 1/2 Vidalia onion diced, 1/2 cup ketchup and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well and form into the loaf shape.

For the topping, mix in a separate bowl: 1/2 cup Ketchup, 1 Tbs. vinegar and 3 Tbs. dark brown sugar. Top meatloaf with this sauce. Bake in an ungreased pan on 350 for 1 hour.

The best part about delicious, main attraction roasted and grilled meats is that you don’t have to do much to add to the plate. A simple vegetable medley using fresh seasonal vegetables makes a great addition to any meat dish! Try grilling a basket of your favorite seasonal vegetables like butternut squash or fresh green beans.

Invite your friends and breathe easy. You won’t be stressed this fall with your entertaining. You can make homecooked meals for your intimate dinner party with a few ingredients and a simple recipe. Warm their stomachs and keep them asking for more.

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