Cooking for other people is always a little bit daunting. Even if it is just for one other person, most cooks are always aware of the fact that their meal and themselves may both get judged. Plus, when you have put the effort into cooking for someone else, it is usually because you care about them and you want to impress them. An example of such a situation is if you are hosting a dinner party. Making a meal for multiple people can be quite the challenge even for an experienced chef, especially if the meal in question features multiple courses. It is always a good idea to be confident in what you are going to cook and to have practised it before. A popular option for the main course of a dinner party is a meat dish. After all, it is traditional to have some kind of meat in the main course – so here are some tips to ensure that you get it right.
Check who actually eats meat
Before you start planning what you are going to cook, send a message round your guests confirming everyone’s dietary requirements. There’s no point you buying an expensive cut of meat if only you are going to eat it. Vegetarianism and veganism has risen hugely in popularity over the last few years, so chances are at least one of your guests is going to turn down the meat option. Make sure you have a suitable substitute in place so that your veggie/vegan friend doesn’t have to miss out. Tofu and Quorn are popular options, as are pulses and beans as they help to bulk out a meal and also provide protein. Plus, you may also need to know about any potential allergies that your guests have. It’s all well and good cooking a brilliant steak with peppercorn sauce, but not if one of your guests is allergic to pepper!
Get a good quality cut
It is often tricky to buy meat unless you already know a lot about it. Many supermarkets use genetically modified meats in order to increase their shelf lives, and you may find that the taste leaves much to be desired. One way to ensure that you get a quality cut of meat is by visiting a meat cutters. Not only will the meat there be locally reared, it will also be freshly cut and your butcher will even be able to advise you on how to serve the cut you go for.