No matter where you’re from, there’s one universal truth: food always brings people together, particularly during the holidays. Planning the perfect dinner menu is an ideal opportunity to get creative in the kitchen, hone your home chef skills, and impress friends and family!
Elevate your dinner parties by opting for the right grains and pastas and choosing the right recipes. Take the guesswork out of party planning and impress your guests by using the premium ingredients that RiceSelect® has to offer.
Let’s dive right in with tips and recipes for your next get-together.
Welcome your guests with a tasty spread of appetizers. Selecting the right snacks will set the mood right away. Choose 2-3 options of varying texture, flavor, and color!
Creamy: Plate this Rice & Cheese Spread alongside your favorite assorted crackers and/or vegetables.
Stuffed: For individually portioned bites, set out some Wild Rice & Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, though they just might steal the show.
Light yet flavorful, a salad is an ideal course during a dinner party. Plus, you can prepare it in advance and leave it covered in the fridge. Drizzle on dressing and toss it just before serving.
For a refreshing salad that will add a splash of color to the table, this Cucumber, Pearl Couscous, Basil & Watermelon Salad is an ideal option – especially for summer BBQs and outdoor parties.
Packed with autumn ingredients like brussels sprouts, pecans, and dried cranberries, this Holiday Couscous Salad is a delicious autumn snack. Besides being light and fluffy, RiceSelect® Couscous is also a great way to begin a feast.
With a group of guests, it may not be a bad idea to play it safe when choosing a main course; after all, you can’t go wrong with a classic chicken and rice dish. This Moroccan Spiced Roast Chicken with Pearl Couscous & Chickpea Stew is elegant yet hearty.
At the same time, sometimes a dinner party warrants a particularly indulgent menu featuring poultry and meats that are generally reserved for special occasions. For instance, this decadent Royal Stuffed Pork Loin is a delicious meat that’s easy to divvy out and serve to guests. Red-Wine Braised Duck with Royal Blend® Rice Want to whip up a pescatarian plate that never fails to please? Impress everyone around the table with this Tri-Color Pearl Couscous with Langoustines! Find more recipe inspiration below:
For less formal events or mixers, making a Build-Your-Own Rice Bowl Board is both interesting and interactive! In fact, you could have guests sign up to bring an ingredient or two: this is a fun spin on a potluck. From comfort foods to unusual additionals, guests can chat about their go-to rice toppings in an Elevated Rice Bowl. Check out how @TheBakerMama plans a party platter using RiceSelect® and foolproof mix-ins in this Build-Your-Own Rice Bowl Board.
Rice desserts go well beyond rice pudding, though you can definitely elevate a classic rice pudding by adding the satisfying crunch of a brûlee like in this Crème Brûlée Rice Pudding. Looking for another individually portioned dessert? Filled with coconut, applesauce, and cinnamon, these Raisin & Rice Mini Pies are as appetizing as they are adorable.
Discover more Decadent Dessert Ideas to serve at your dinner party below:
From a hot summer afternoon BBQ to a festive holiday meal, there’s always a good reason to plan a get-together; as if you need an excuse to enjoy delicious food surrounded by family and friends! With RiceSelect, you can rest assured that you’re serving up the very best. Follow us @RiceSelect for the latest and greatest tips, tricks, and recipes.