No muss, no fuss – just the perfect meal every time

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 30, 2012

(BPT) – While holiday meals often take on a special significance because of the season, every meal is an opportunity to show those you care for what they mean to you. Instead of stressing about each meal throughout the holiday season (and all year long), why not create a few “go-to” meals that are not only special for those who will enjoy them, but are also no muss, no fuss for you – and simply delicious?

Let’s take a look at four meal occasions that occur throughout the year – especially during the holiday season – and help you create the perfect meal to enhance the occasion and win you rave reviews at the same time.

Meal 1 – The perfect intimate dinner for four. Admit it. Sometimes it’s fun sitting down with another couple and sharing life’s experiences over a sumptuous, relaxing meal. The chefs of Kansas City Steak Company have developed a wonderful line of Bake & Serve Gourmet foods that will help you get that special meal on the table faster, giving you more time for wine and conversation. How about Beef Wellington as the star of the meal? Add in a favorite appetizer, like caramelized onion-and-feta kisses and a show-stopping dessert like chocolate velvet boule. And don’t forget a full-bodied cabernet sauvignon to round out your intimate dinner. If you’re looking for a can’t-fail intimate meal, this one is always a hit.

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Meal 2 – Open house? No worries! Planning a dinner party can sometimes feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s not rocket science. It’s a party. Have some fun with it. First, go with a buffet. It’s easier for you and more efficient in serving many guests. Then, select your meat. Deciding how much meat you need per person is sometimes a good way to decide what kind of meat you’d like to serve. If you’re serving steak or pork, with just a couple of sides, it’s best to consider about 8 ounces per person. If you have multiple appetizers and desserts, you could probably drop that down to 5 to 6 ounces/person. Some great options might be a large prime rib, sliced thin on crusty rolls or beef tenderloin tip kabobs (easy to eat and oh-so delish). Add in a variety of sides (or ask your guests to bring their favorite appetizers). Offer a variety of desserts (cheesecakes, sponge cakes, cupcakes, etc.) and you have yourself a great party. Be sure to check out the great entertaining guides online from Kansas City Steak Company. They’re packed with great entertaining tips that can help you all year long.

Meal 3 – Did someone say, “brunch?” As we try to plan more togetherness time throughout the busy holiday season, many are turning to brunch as the perfect way to start the day. Brunch these days is more than scrambled eggs; it’s a veritable feast for the eyes and soul. Much like you don’t want to spend hours cooking meals for dinners, there are a few things you can do to help you speedily make a spectacular brunch. Be sure to keep some great appetizers in the freezer. These bite-size nuggets are perfect complements to your brunch menu. How about a hickory-smoked boneless ham that’s already sliced and the perfect choice for any egg dish you might choose? Some choose to add special desserts, while others go with a selection of warm pastries or bagels and toppings. Add a variety of fruit juices, mimosas and freshly ground coffee and you’re good to go.

Meal 4 – Put some scrumptious supper in your football celebration. Let’s face it, the professional football championship may be in February, but extra bodies tend to show up for any type of sporting event in your family room. Sure, you could go with your grandma’s chili recipe, but how about something different this year? How about giving your guests a choice of sandwich steaks, steakburgers and chicken breasts? These combo packages from Kansas City Steaks are perfect for game day get-togethers; they’re packaged and ready to cook. Add some buns, toppings, chips of choice, and maybe some crab cakes or shrimp, or whatever your crowd enjoys to start the party. Finger food is the way to go with sports-themed parties, so be sure to end the meal with cookies, brownies or something sweet. And don’t forget the beverages.

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