The idea of making a dinner party is always tempting.
Especially when it’s your birthday and everyone’s invited.
You’ll never have to worry about the dinner guests finding out who your best friend is, and you’ll have the whole family in attendance.
But what if your guests aren’t exactly the best friends you want them to be?
And how would you want to get through the whole dinner without getting all in the way?
Here’s how to get started.
First, prepare a few dinner options.
The options here aren’t quite as easy to find as you might think.
They’re all based on different ingredients, but the main ones you’ll want to keep are cheese and meat.
Here’s what you’ll need for a basic, simple dinner: 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (1-inch cubes) 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (3/4-inch pieces) 1 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt 1/3 cup butter 1 egg, beaten (about 1 1 ½ cups) If you want a more complex dinner, you can add extra ingredients.
To make this a more elaborate dinner, start with more ingredients.
For the meat, you’ll probably want a mix of chopped meat, chicken, and turkey.
For this dinner, I used a mix with mushrooms, onions, and potatoes.
(For more complicated recipes, check out my cookbook.)
Here’s a quick video tutorial showing you how to make this dinner: Step 1: Start by melting the mozzaros.
Cut the mozo into pieces about 1⁼-inch thick.
Then melt the Parmesan in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
Stir the mozos, then add the salt and pepper.
Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly, until it starts to thicken.
If it’s still too thick, add more water, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens and the mixture thickens as well.
Step 2: In a separate pan, combine the cheese, egg, and the butter.
Stir until the cheese has melted and the egg has dissolved.
Step 3: Meanwhile, cook the turkey in a separate saucepan.
Cook the turkey over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the turkey from the heat.
Remove any fat from the turkey.
Stir in the chopped onions and potatoes and add to the sauce.
Simmer over medium low heat until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
Serve the turkey on top of the mozarella and Parmesan, then sprinkle with fresh parsley and freshly ground black pepper.
Recipe Notes For a meatless dinner, the turkey will still be salty.
It will still taste like meat.
If you’re making this for a big group, add some vegetables like spinach or bell peppers.
If your guests are just passing through for the party, add a little of your favorite vegetables to the gravy.
If this is a first time, don’t worry about trying to follow all the recipe directions!
If you make this for your first time or for a small party, you may need to adjust the amount of turkey.
Make sure you don’t overdo it or the guests won’t like it.
If they’re already into the meaty side of things, they’ll be less likely to eat it.
Also, keep in mind that the amount you add will depend on how much meat you’re using.
So if you’re just making a vegetarian dinner, add as much meat as you need.
If the guests are vegetarian, add about the same amount of meat as your guests normally eat.
For more meat-less options, check my recipe book, How to Make A Healthy Dinner: How to Save Money and Make Great Dinner Recipes.
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