POSTED Monday, March 05, 2012
Three Tips for an Easy Dinner Party
To kick off our month of tips, we went to the Test Kitchen to get some awesome, easy tricks for a hassle-free dinner party.
The Regal Shake: We gleaned this technique from Theo Lieberman, a bartender at Lantern's Keep in New York, and it's beyond simple: Just add a grapefruit peel to your favorite cocktail (it works particularly well with shaken drinks) for a more smooth and balanced finish. Try it in a daiquiri, like the one we stir up in the video.
Regal Daiquiri: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine 2 ounces white rum, ¾ ounce simple syrup (1:1), 1 scant ounce lime juice and 1 grapefruit peel. Shake well and strain into a coupe.
Cheesy Crunch: Our sous chef Dave Gulino puts this handy topping on everything from chicken to eggplant. Just combine 1 cup of panko bread crumbs with 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Mix with 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Oven Clean-Up: When faced with spill-over in the oven, douse a paper towel in water, and then use tongs to wipe the wet towel over the mess. It will come right off and keep your oven from smoking.