Often, on a day to day basis, we don’t make anything all too elaborate for ourselves to eat. Many of our lives revolve around ease, simplicity and convenience, meaning that we try to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. This is fine. It’s absolutely okay to make straightforward meals that you and your family can enjoy with minimal waiting time. But every once in a while, you might want to consider going all out and creating something particularly impressive. Whether that’s because it’s an occasion, an anniversary or you simply have some more time on your hands. Now, the ultimate meal is a three course meal. Tackling this may feel daunting. It takes a lot of work, but it will leave you and your guests entirely full and satisfied. So, if you’re considering giving this a go, here are some simple steps that can help you to prepare for the process!
Plan Your Menu
The first step you’re going to need to take when hosting a three course meal is to plan your menu. Choosing what you’re going to create for each course can be difficult, but eventually, after some searching, critiquing and planning, you should be able to bring something together that works really well. Whether you decide to create tapas, pasta, curries, ice creams, peach pie filling or anything else, look for quality recipes that others have reviewed and recommend.
Choose Quality Ingredients
Now, it’s all good and well having a great recipe to follow. But you will find that the ingredients you choose to follow the recipe can have a profound impact on taste and texture. Where possible, pick up the best quality ingredients possible. This might entail organic produce or locally sourced produce.
Make Sure You Have the Right Equipment
All too many people choose a delicious recipe, get the ingredients and start cooking, only to find that they don’t have an appliance or piece of equipment noted as essential during the cooking process. This could be a slow cooker, a potato masher, a specific pan or dish, a spiralizer – anything. So, go through recipes and check every step before settling on it. This will ensure that you know what equipment is required. You can then invest in the equipment or change to a different recipe that you do already have the necessary equipment to create.
If you’ve invited people around for this meal and you really want to impress, you may want to practice beforehand. Sure, this may seem elaborate. But practicing will give you a good opportunity to get a hand on timings and to highlight potential mistakes and errors you could face while cooking the courses. Knowing what went wrong the first time around when making the meals could prevent you from making the same mistakes the second time when guests are actually present.
Sure, there are other steps you’ll find yourself taking in this process. But some of the steps above should take you one step closer to creating the perfect three course meal!
This is a contributed post