Throwing a college dinner party doesn’t have to be a costly affair. Break away from the wallet pinching idea of gourmet hors d'oeurves, sipping wine on long-stemmed wine glasses (Olivia Pope style), and swanky three course meals. But don't fret—your Friday night dinner party can be just as memorable with a little creativity and gastronomic goodness (yes, even on a college budget and in a 12’ by 19’ foot dorm room). Impress your friends with these three tasty, affordable, and easy dinner ideas that’ll turn these classic favorites into an interactive, cost-effective experience. With a make your own tacos, pizza, and sundae station, there’s no going wrong.
1. Taco Station
- Shredded ice berg lettuce
- Yellow Onion
- Ground beef (or any protein of your choice)
- Sour Cream
- Salt and Pepper
- Drizzle olive oil into a large pan on medium heat. Pour in half of a chopped yellow onion and two minced garlic cloves. Let simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- Pour in beef or any protein of your choice with onions and garlic. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Squeeze one whole lime on top and let cook for about 12-15 minutes until fully browned.
- Heat up tortillas in a separate pan on low-medium heat. Flip tortillas on either side until warm.
- Place chopped tomato, lettuce, onion, and cilantro into separate bowls alongside the sour cream, salsa, jalapeños and quarter cut limes.
- Once meat is ready, place in a bowl alongside the toppings and get started!
2. Pizza Station
- Pizza dough
- Rustica tomato marinara sauce (or any pre-made marinara of your choice)
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Bell Peppers
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Pour the pizza sauce on your dough and sprinkle cheese to your liking. Top your own pizza with any topping you like.
- Place your pizza on a baking sheet in the oven and let cook for 14-16 minutes until crust turns brown.
- Take the pizza out and let rest for 3-4 minutes and then enjoy!
3. Sundae Station
- Vanilla/Chocolate Ice Cream
- Roasted sliced almonds
- Chocolate chips
- Caramel sauce
- Chopped Snickers, Twix (or any candy bar of your choice)
- Pour sliced almonds into a small pan on medium heat until browned.
- Place all ingredients into separate bowls and let your guests make their own sugary concoctions.
By: Danielle DiMeglio | Image: http://www.survivingcollege.com/break-ice-dinner-party-conversation-starters/