Family reunions are meant to be occasions of love and happiness. But they can also cause a lot of stress if you are clueless about which dishes to serve. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Here are three easy and cheap recipes for your next family reunion.
1. Marinated Mixed Olives
This tangy, spicy appetizer is guaranteed to be a hit. Assorted olives jazzed up with citrus slices, fresh herbs, and a dash of red pepper flakes – easy, but most importantly, mouth wateringly delicious!
- 2 cups assorted olives, rinsed, and patted dry
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 thin lemon slices
- 3 thin orange slices
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, crushed
- Red pepper flakes
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Combine the olives, extra-virgin olive oil, orange and lemon slices, rosemary and salt in a medium-sized saucepan. Season with red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish with a slotted spoon; reserve the excess oil for another use.
2. Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes
Who doesn’t love baked potatoes, and bacon? But we almost never combine these two universally loved ingredients in a dish. Strange! This recipe is a simple, yet innovative twist to our beloved baked potatoes, with bacon playing a cameo.
- 1 medium-sized onion, thinly sliced
- 4 medium-sized potatoes, halved lengthwise
- 8 bacon strips
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread a layer of onion slices on the cut sides of four potato halves, and top each of them with the other four potato halves. Think of it as sandwiches with the potato halves in place of bread, and the onion slices as the filling. Wrap each potato with two bacon strips, and secure the bacon strips in place using toothpicks.
- Place the bacon-wrapped potatoes on a lightly greased baking pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until the bacon is crisp and the potatoes are tender.
3. Sriracha Honey Chicken Tenders
This recipe is a delectable combination of Sriracha sauce, honey, and chicken tenders. It’s going to leave your family members licking their fingers, for sure.
- 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 14 oz uncooked chicken tenders
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In the meantime, spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, mix Sriracha sauce and honey. Coat the chicken with the Sriracha sauce and honey mixture. Put the chicken with breadcrumbs in a large resealable food-storage plastic bag. Seal the bag and shake. Once the chicken is coated with bread crumbs, take it out and place it on baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the chicken is no longer pink in center, and the breadcrumbs turn golden brown. Remember to turn the chicken once midway to ensure even cooking.
- Serve with another bowl of Sriracha sauce. You can never have too much Sriracha sauce!