Whether you’re cooking for a crowd, for a cozy night in with your partner, or just for yourself, there are two options when it comes time to decide what to make. You can either stick to what you know (AKA make the same easy recipes you always make) or try a new recipe and hope for the best. Me? I always have every intention of venturing out and whipping up something impressive, but the second I look at the steps and ingredients of a fancy dish, I immediately revert to my usuals. Girl dinner and a glass of wine, anyone?
But as an aspiring hostess and someone who loves being complimented on their food, I’m making it a point to find the fanciest-looking recipes that are secretly easy to make. From appetizers like mushroom bruschetta to main dishes like chicken marsala (plus a few decadent desserts to round out my perfect menu), I am sharing 20 delicious and easy recipes that will earn you compliments but not take hours to make.