Appetizer: Turkey Parmesan Meatballs and Cavatappi Al Forno

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turkey-meatballs-appetizerIt’s so easy to make this dinner appetizer ready for your next holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

This meal plays double duty. You get two easy, homemade appetizers for the price of one!

Turkey Parmesan Meatballs

  • Shape meatballs and broil as instructed.
  • Place a small fork or toothpick into each meatball and serve.

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Turn Your Dream Dinners into Appetizers

appetizer-creamy-tortelliniMany of our meals on this month’s menu are appetizer ready! It’s easy to turn these dinners into delicious bites for any holiday gathering. Instead of spending hours prepping food in the kitchen, you’ll be able to join the party and enjoy time with family and friends.

Creamy Tortellini with Bacon
Boil the tortellini and place 2 – 3 on a 6-inch skewer, place on large serving platter and refrigerate. Before serving, heat the sauce as directed and pour over the skewers.

Want to get extra fancy? Pick up some mini appetizer forks and bowls. We used this set by Mozaik. Prepare tortellini per cooking instructions. Then place three tortellini in each bowl and serve with mini forks.

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Blast off Your 4th of July with Food and Décor Ideas

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Taste of AmericaTake a look at super simple and in some cases, no cost ideas at Good Housekeeping.  They have 14 slides of decorating ideas for your next 4th of July party. Slide 11 – Look at what you can do with a simple cup to hold your watermelon slices!  And to add simple elegance, toss some crumbles of cool blue cheese to pair with this list of Dream Dinners holiday entrees and sides.

From our June menu items, take out the:

St. Louis Smokehouse Ribs are so easy to heat up on the barbecue and cover them in your favorite sauce. These ribs have ranked on our Top 10 list for all-time Dream Dinners customer favorites since the beginning.

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How to Turn Dream Dinners into Appetizers

Cost of product seen in the video is just $75 dollars to make this appetizer table that serves a party of 15. That’s $5 per person versus the price of catering.

  • See how the Chicken Bruschetta presents on skewers?
  • Just slice up the chicken in strips and bake as directed on skewers.
  • Herb Crusted Flank Steak, grilled, chilled, and sliced into bite sized appetizers.
  • Combine the chicken and beef with fresh veggies and cheese and crackers.

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6-Steps to a Beautiful Appetizer Table

This isn’t a low cost solution; it’s a “no-cost” decorator idea that will make your presentation look like a magazine in 6-simple steps.  And believe it or not, you most likely have all the materials needed already inside and outside your home.

Step 1: Put a table cover over your buffet table.

Step 2: Place 3-boxes on the table, a short, medium and taller box, that are wide enough to hold a platter.

Step 3: Cover your boxes with a contrasting color of fabric. Could be drapery fabric, or scrap fabric.

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Cater Your Own Christmas Dinner Party

Dream Dinners makes it easy for you to host and cater fantastic parties, for any occasion. Use this guide for step-by-step instructions on how to self-cater your next party with Dream Dinners.

Checklist for Planning your Party:

  • Determine how many people you will be serving
  • Choose the date and place of your event
  • Choose your menu.
  • For ideas and menu choices, visit dreamdinners.com.

Party Planning Time line:

  • 4 – 6 weeks prior to your party – Visit dreamdinners.com and make a reservation to assemble your party menu selections at a Dream Dinners location near you.
  • 2 weeks prior – Purchase paper goods and beverages (see quantity tips below)
  • Less than 1 week prior – Purchase groceries for salads, butter for breads and fresh cut flowers.

Paper Product calculations are assessed on a per person basis.
Example: 25 guests, 50 dinner plates.

  • 2 dinner plates per person
  • 1 dessert plate per person
  • 3 forks per person
  • 1 knife per person
  • 3 beverage napkins per person
  • 2 dinner napkins per person
  • 3 beverage cups per person
  • 1 hot cup per person

Beverage calculations need to be assessed by evaluating who is attending your event, but as a standard rule, this can help.

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Cater Your Own Thanksgiving Dinner

Dream Dinners makes it easy for you to host and cater fantastic parties, for any occasion. Use this guide for step-by-step instructions on how to self-cater your next party with Dream Dinners.

Checklist for Planning your Party:

  • Determine how many people you will be serving
  • Choose the date and place of your event
  • Choose your menu.
  • For ideas and menu choices, visit dreamdinners.com.

Party Planning Time line:

  • 4 – 6 weeks prior to your party – Visit dreamdinners.com and make a reservation to assemble your party menu selections at a Dream Dinners location near you.
  • 2 weeks prior – Purchase paper goods and beverages (see quantity tips below)
  • Less than 1 week prior – Purchase groceries for salads, butter for breads and fresh cut flowers.

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Orzo Salad for 25 Guests

Orzo Salad
Serves 25
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Ingredients
  1. 3 c Orzo Pasta, boiled in water 10 min, or just until soft.
  2. 1½ c chopped scallions
  3. 1½ c drained and chopped Kalamata olives
  4. 1½ c crumbled feta cheese
  5. ¾ c fresh chopped dill
  6. ¾ c olive oil
  7. ½ c plus 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  8. 1 tbsp lemon zest
  9. ¾ c red wine vinegar
  10. 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  11. 1 tbsp black pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse pasta with cold water.
  2. Combine the orzo, onions, olives, feta, and dill in a large bowl.
  3. Set aside.
  4. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice and zest, vinegar, salt and pepper in a bowl. Pour 1/2 of dressing over the pasta mixture and stir to coat all over.
  5. Toss with the remaining dressing just before serving.
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Tossed Green Salad for 25 Guests

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Tossed Green Salad
Serves 25
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Ingredients
  1. 12 cups mixed greens, washed and dried
  2. 2 c arugula, washed and dried
  3. 5 med tomatoes, cut in wedges
  4. 2 med carrots, chopped
  5. 3 celery stocks, chopped
  6. ½ red onion, sliced thinly
  7. 1 c marinated artichoke hearts, drained and slightly chopped
  8. 1 14.5 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
  9. 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  10. 2 cups garlic croutons
  11. 2 cups of your favorite Italian dressing
Instructions
  1. Place greens and arugula in large serving bowl.
  2. Top with the vegetables and beans, toss lightly.
  3. Top with cheese and croutons.
  4. Toss with dressing just before serving or serve on the side.
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