Here are 10 rescuers from our sister site, Chowhound, that we would like to sneak in from half-homemade recipes, and one indispensable time-saving tool (we bet you can guess what it is):
1. Chicken Rotisserie
Flatbread – from Naan to Pita – is easy to find in most stores nowadays, and forms an excellent basis for high-quality ingredients that transform it into a quick, easy appetizer (similar to, but different from pizza!). Try Chowhound & # 39; s creme fraiche, red onion and lox flatbread recipe or chorizo and olive flatbread recipe on your shop-bought base, cut into bite-sized pieces and place on a platter where guests can help themselves.
4. Microwave popcorn
Pre-marinated steak strips taken from the meat counter can be seared and packaged in corn tortillas for steak tacos, steakfajitas or used as steak salad (the Chowhound recipe requires a tomato vinaigrette, but you can charge a dressing of your choice, such as blue cheese. If you are not convinced of the quality of your local options, you can always order the steak online and rub it in a well-bought store the night before.
8. Pre-cut vegetables
Sure, you could serve it straight from the bath, but just a little more work nets, much more impressive results (don't tell anyone how easy it was).
Chowhound & # 39; s pistachio-strawberry-ice-cream cake looks stunning, but it is ridiculously easy to make when you use ice-cream bought in-store. Ditto this recipe of raspberry brownie ice cream parfaits. Or you can always set up a football sundae.
10. Pre-cut melon
Although not particularly seasonal, Chowhound's wine-drenched watermelon dolls are always a hit at parties (and technically is considered a healthy snack for a game day). Use pre-cut melon and soak it in vodka and Chambord and freeze it. It's a great dessert option if you're not a baker – and other fruits such as honeydew and pineapple chunks also go well with alcohol infusion treatment.
11. An Instant Pot
No, it is not an ingredient, but you knew it would be here, and for good reason: the Instant Pot (or whatever pressure cooker you have) is a perfect tool for making large batches of party food in a fraction of the usual time, from carnitas and queso to chili and cheesecake. With anit can even make wings and fries crisp on a matchday, so use it well!