I am a huge believer in dinner parties. To me, there is nothing more real than long night spent laughing with a glass of wine in hand while letting the candles on the table slowly run down.
Honestly though, one of the most important things that will make or break a dinner party is the food. I have been to far too many dinner parties where the hostess thinks it’s okay to pick up some pre-made side dishes from Whole Foods or have the whole meal catered by some fancy restaurant down the street. Once, I even came to a party and the host had the GALL to pull out a literal bag of STORE BOUGHT chips and say ‘you have to try these, they’re delicious’. And I’m like, enough is enough! It’s time we recognize that no one will respect you unless your food was made with love in your kitchen!
Now if you’re like me and find cooking terribly upsetting, then having a dinner made from scratch can be more difficult than a sinner getting into heaven. But that’s all about to change with this new kitchen trick: food deplating.
I am a crazy fan of food deplating ever since I first came up with the idea at a party I was hosting a few weeks ago. The goal of deplating is to take away all the cooking stress by buying a pre-made dinner either from a restaurant or market hot bar and then to use reverse plating techniques to give the food a ‘homemade’ look.
For example, instead of keeping all the meal elements separate (like roasted vegetables on one side, chicken on the other) I combine all of the meal in a large bowl and whisk gently until they are thoroughly mixed. When I replate the food (using a ladle) the effect is perfect- it looks like a truly homemade dish!
This trick works with literally everything. You can even throw in dessert on the same plate to really add that je ne sais quoi! Friends cannot get over how good my food tastes and the night is always filled with compliments on what an amazing home chef I am.