Some foods are just crowd pleasers, in spite of their simplicity. You could spend almost a hundred dollars on the perfect cut of smoked salmon for canapes, garnished divinely with crème fraiche, and your guests may not subsequently remark upon the dish. Often, people prefer a quick and easy dinner of simple, favorite elements and this can be far more memorable and much less expensive. The National Restaurant Association reported that, although the “culinary compass points mainly toward ethnic cuisines,” 66% of people just want a plain ol’ American dish, like a burger and fries. If you want to throw a dinner party that will keep people eating with delight all night long, your best bet is to stick to the classics and avoid “controversial” ingredients.
Easy Dinner Foods That Everyone Will Love
So what should we present at a dinner party that everyone will love? As the National Restaurant Association told us, the best way to go is with the classics. Try grilling up some juicy burgers and dressing them up with a homemade sauce, like horseradish or chili. You can never go wrong with a BBQ if you’re trying to impress your family and friends’ taste buds. Marinate your rack of baby back ribs in brown sugar, black pepper, onion powder, garlic, salt, and something spicy, like jalapenos and cayenne pepper. Chili, pizza, mac n’ cheese, and fried chicken are other classics that are bound to be a smash hit among family and friends. Keep in mind that certain ingredients also tend to be people-pleasers. Bread, garlic, butter, and cheese are all ingredients that people generally gravitate towards. The most successful ingredient of all? You guessed it: bacon. This food’s already incredible popularity has even increased by 26.5% since 2005, according to Mintel’s Menu Insights database. You can add bacon to basically anything and people will generally jump up and down with delight.
Foods to Avoid
If you want to make a recipe that everyone will love, try to avoid these ingredients in your cooking:
- Cilantro: Famous cilantrophobe Julia Child once said that she would never order something with cilantro and that she would “pick it out if [she] saw it and throw it on the floor.” Turns out, these rather strong opinions about the green herb have scientific grounds. According to the New York Times, “Flavor chemists have found that cilantro aroma is created by a half-dozen or so substances, and most of these are modified fragments of fat molecules called aldehydes. The same or similar aldehydes are also found in soaps and lotions and the bug family of insects.” As a result, many people find that cilantro tastes like soap.
- Beets: Whether it’s their moderate-to-loud flavor, unusual slipperiness or surprising sweetness, some people don’t quite know what to make of beets. We recommend leaving this food out of your dinner party.
- Oysters: Some people are disgusted by the slimy texture of oysters, which is a shame considering that they’re an excellent source of iron and B12.
- Blue cheese: Some folks just can’t get past blue cheese’s distinct odor, which some accuse of smelling like “stinky feet.”
- Tofu: Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, cooking teacher and author of The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, says people can be turned off by tofu’s occasionally slimy texture.
- Cauliflower: Cauliflower acquires a sulfury taste when cooked too long, which has prompted many people to develop a fierce loathing for the vegetable.
So, blue cheese is out of the question, cilantro tastes like soap, tofu is too slimy and cauliflower is sulfurous! Knowing that the masses are disgusted by some foods, be careful when planning a menu for your dinner party. Whatever quick, easy recipe you decide on, avoid these ingredients (even if you love them). To be sure to please – stick to the classics, like burgers, bacon, and pizza.