(Closed) What to serve to in-laws when they come visit for first time…

posted 10 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: What should I serve my in laws for dinner?

    Homemade spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread (intermediate)

    Halibut and Mushroom Risotto (easy for me, but takes some time)

    Roast Chicken with potatos and carrots (intermediate)

    Grilled Portabello Mushroom Burgers with Cheese (easy and quick)

  • Post # 3
    3942 posts
    Honey bee

    I voted for the roast chicken. It’s fairly easy and you can dress it up a lot to make it look fancy and like it took you all day to make 😉 Maybe homemade apple pie for dessert?

    Post # 4
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Unless you know for a fact that they like fish, I’d go with the chicken. 

    (The halibut sounds delish, but it would be unfortunate to go to the trouble only to discover that someone is having weird feelings about our friends from the sea.)

    Post # 5
    439 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    What would your DH suggest? I voted for the roast chicken, because it’s a pretty universally liked dish.

    Post # 6
    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I know this isn’t a “real” answer heehee, but I think you should serve what dish you are MOST COMFORTABLE making. If one of those is a dish you make like once a week, and you know it in and out, then I would say go with that one over the others. If all those dishes are ones you feel equally comfortable with, I would vote for spaghetti or roast chicken. Both are great “homey” meals!!!

    Post # 7
    3761 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think even if the fish is easy for you to cook, its much easier to mess up.  Chicken should be liked by everyone and is pretty hard to mess up.

    I think burgers might be too casual and spaghetti kinda feels like a cheap college meal to me. 

    Post # 9
    13561 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Hard to say without knowing their tastes, but it’s hard to go wrong with chicken!

    Post # 10
    2777 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I agree with the PP’s that it’s hard to go wrong with chicken! Also if they’re staying for a week what about doing chicken for the first meal and then spagetti for the final meal? 

    Post # 11
    1554 posts
    Bumble bee

    The chicken will please the most amount of people and can be dressed any number of ways. Plus it will look like you spent more time and thought into the dinner than the spaghetti. But I love spaghetti so I would be happy with that. I don’t know if you are hoping to impress them, but if you are, chicken is the way to go!

    Great, now I’m hungry.

    Post # 12
    1331 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    Make the engagement chicken for them, and tell them the whole story about how this great meal made your DH propose!  That would be a great conversation over dinner! Smile

    Post # 13
    9050 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I voted chicken too.  There’s just something down home about it, that HAS to make your Mother-In-Law feel like she’s left her son in good hands. 🙂


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