When I cook for company, I like to have a casserole prepared in the freezer that I can pop in the oven.
The worst way, in my opinion, to cook for company, and I am speaking from experience here, is to have a complicated meal that takes a lot of prep time that must be done immediately prior to serving.
I have made this same mistake twice when cooking for company. I guess I'm a slow learner, but I won't be repeating it.
Our family loves to have fried chicken, mashed potatoes with homemade country gravy, and homemade biscuits, and I love to cook this meal. That's why I thought it would be the perfect meal for company, but I was wrong.
This meal requires lots of hands on attention, flouring the chicken, frying it, whisking the gravy, cutting the biscuits, all that has to be done immediately prior to serving.
Whenever I have made this meal for company, it has been well received, BUT I have been in the kitchen working away for a good half hour before the meal is ready to be served, all while the guests wait.
A better option, I believe, would be to have a meal in the oven or Crock Pot when the guests arrive so there will be time to relax a little and visit before the meal is served. A labor intensive meal is not the best option for company.
What about you? Do you have a go to meal for company? What do you like to serve?