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Hosting Your First Holiday Party | Guest Post from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Mel's Kitchen Cafe


Dec 4th, 2014

Hosting your First Holiday party -- Guest Post from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Entertaining. Is it in your repertoire? Do you do it? I’m not talking about the play-legos-with-kids-for-hours or stand-up-and-sing-opera-for-an-audience type of entertaining (although kudos to you for doing both of those things). I’m talking about making-food-and-feeding-it-to-people-in-your-home entertaining. For some reason, entertaining for dinner inspires a lot of fear (I get a crazy amount of frantic, desperate emails asking for tips and strategies on entertaining).

I’ve been wanting to beef up my entertaining recipes just for this reason. To help you. So that if you find yourself in a position to host a nice-ish dinner for a group of people, you can do so with confidence and dare I say, a bit of swag. If you want to know the honest truth, I want you ending the evening feeling like a total rock star.

Today’s recipe is perfect for holiday entertaining. Not only can several components of the dish be made ahead of time (see the notes in the recipe) but it is quite pretty…and the taste-factor is off the charts. Using a pork tenderloin, you simply take the slices and pound them slightly so they are thinner (this helps them cook faster and more evenly!), bread them lightly in seasoned flour and brown them up in a little bit of butter and olive oil. The sauce comes together in a snap and is so luxurious and tasty that you might need to hide yourself in the pantry if you need a couple extra spoonfuls (always in the name of quality control, right?).

Cauliflower mash makes a wonderfully unique and delightful substitute for mashed potatoes – but you could certainly sub in classic garlic mashed potatoes in this recipe (do promise me you’ll give cauliflower mash a try soon, though). All in all, my family had no trouble agreeing that the tender pork smothered in the rich, tasty sauce makes for an absolutely incredible, stunning meal (although I think my kids’ exact words were something like “mom, this rocks”).

Smothered Crispy Pork Cutlets with Cauliflower Mash

Get the recipe here.

Smothered Pork


If you want a few ideas of side dishes that would pair perfectly with this meal, I’ve got your back (and don’t be afraid to assign the side dishes out to guests; if you provide the main dish and dessert, they’ll be more than happy to oblige I’m sure).  You can find ideas here.  If you have great suggestions of your favorite side dish, I’d love to hear about them!  Just leave them in the comments.

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