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Office festive lunch


To prepare hot snacks, you need to stock up enough time, because the dish, most likely, will have to not only be made, but also baked, and it will take at least half an hour. But the result is worth it. So, for example, julienne in the cocotte makers looks very impressive, and his taste is delicious. To cook it, you will need:

  • 2 chicken legs,
  • fresh mushrooms - 200 g,
  • 1 pc. carrots and onions,
  • sour cream - 100 g,
  • spices to taste,
  • butter for greasing molds,
  • cheese - 200 g.

Chicken legs are boiled until tender in salted water, and when they cool, they separate the meat from the bones. Mushrooms are crushed and fried in a pan along with grated carrots and chopped onions in half rings. When the onions and carrots begin to acquire a golden hue, add sour cream and chicken divided into fibers into the pan. Then season to taste. Kokotnitsa greased with butter and spread the contents of the pan in them, sprinkled with grated cheese. Cooking julienne in the oven at 180 ° C for 15 minutes.

Of course, julienne is not the easiest dish. If there is no time for it, then you can stop on other recipes for a festive dinner. For example, on lavash tubes:

  1. Mix 200-220 g of cottage cheese with chopped herbs. Also add either the garlic (2 cloves) passed through the press or half a glass of chopped walnuts.
  2. Cut 1 sheet of pita bread into rectangles of approximately 7x10 cm.
  3. A prepared filling is laid out on the edge of each rectangle.
  4. Roll up the rectangles and fry these tubes on both sides for 1 minute.

First of all, rolls from a frying pan on a napkin - it absorbs excess fat - and only then they are served to the table.

Cold Appetizers and Salad

For an appetizer, they serve not only hot, but, of course, cold dishes. You can restrict yourself to cold cuts, a cheese plate, canapes or sandwiches. But there are other ideas. For example, cheese balls. For them mix:

  • 50 g of grated hard cheese
  • 1 boiled yolk,
  • 100 g cream cheese
  • garlic, salt, paprika - to taste,
  • 1 cooked grated carrot.

From the resulting mass, balls are rolled and crushed in chopped nuts: cashews, walnuts, pistachios, etc.

There is another appetizer for cheese lovers. It is called "Arabesque" and is prepared from feta cheese:

  1. A pound of feta cheese is poured with cold clean water and left for several hours.
  2. Then it is taken out and passed through a meat grinder along with 12 kernels of walnuts, 4 cloves of garlic and 200 g of butter. Instead of a meat grinder, you can use a blender.
  3. From the resulting mass, form a “log” and wrap it in parchment paper.
  4. When the “logs” lie in the refrigerator at night, it can be easily cut into portions and serve on a large plate with herbs.

Instead of one of the appetizers or in addition to them, many cook a salad. Usually every housewife has her own signature recipe, but if you want something new, you can cook a dish for which you will need:

  • 100 g of smoked sausage,
  • 1 fresh cucumber
  • 1 boiled corn grain,
  • raw carrots
  • mayonnaise.

Sausage and cucumber should be cut into thin cubes, and grate the carrots on a grater for Korean dishes. Mix all the ingredients, season with mayonnaise. In addition, salt is not required, because sausage and mayonnaise already contain salt.

Main course

A festive dinner for guests cannot do without hot. If a meeting of vegetarians is not planned, then meat, poultry or fish with a side dish are prepared as the main dish.

Faster and perhaps the easiest way to cook chicken. But it can turn out to be too dry, so it is wrapped in strips of bacon. What will be needed for such a meal?

  • a pound of chicken,
  • 14 strips of bacon,
  • a pinch of sesame seeds,
  • honey and mustard - 1 tablespoon each,
  • soy sauce - 3 tablespoons

In a bowl, mix the sauce, honey and mustard, put the chicken fillet cut into 14 parts and leave for a couple of hours. Then get it, wrap it in bacon and sprinkle sesame seeds fried in a dry pan. Place the pieces on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. The chicken should be in the oven for 10 minutes at 200 ° C, then it is turned over and cooked for another 7 minutes. Not everyone likes sesame seeds, so it can be replaced with mustard seeds.

Garnished for chicken cooked in this way are oven-baked vegetables (in the sleeve or just on a baking sheet), as well as grilled vegetables: slices of zucchini and eggplant, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, etc.

For sweet

As a rule, dishes made from fruits, ice cream, chocolate, whipped cream, yogurt, etc., or sweet pastries complete the holiday dinner. If the dinner turned out to be hearty, then for dessert it is better to serve something light, for example, fruit salad or berry mousse. The most beautiful is a blueberry or blackcurrant mousse, especially if served in a transparent glass and garnished with berries. It will require:

  • a glass of sugar
  • a glass of berries
  • 2 freshest eggs.

All ingredients must be cooled, pour berries and sugar into a container, mix with a mixer until smooth. Separate the whites from the yolks and beat them into elastic foam. Gently mix the protein mass into the berry. Arrange everything in a bowl and leave in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Decorate before serving.

Another light dessert, puff jelly, has an interesting look. To cook it, you need to stock up with multi-colored food colors and gelatin. You can also use yogurt to bright stripes alternate with white.

  1. Pour 25 g of gelatin with warm water and leave to swell.
  2. In different glasses, dilute water with sugar (to taste) and dyes. Pour yogurt into one of the glasses.
  3. When the gelatin swells, it must be heated to completely dissolve, and pour with a spoon into prepared glasses.
  4. Pour the first layer into a tall glass and refrigerate. The remaining ingredients are in a warm place.
  5. When the layer hardens, a second one is poured onto it and also goes to freeze in the refrigerator.
  6. This must be done until the jelly glasses are filled to the top.

Before serving, the dessert is decorated according to your taste: mint leaves, berries, slices of orange or lemon, pastry topping, etc. This dessert is especially popular with children.

When deciding what to cook for a festive dinner, the housewives must take into account the number of eaters and, depending on this, choose the dishes. It is more difficult to prepare portioned dishes than one large one, therefore they are usually made when the number of people at the table does not exceed 6-8.

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How to arrange a holiday in the office


If at home the number of salads and snacks may not exceed 2-3, since they will be followed by 1-2 main dishes, then in the office the situation is exactly the opposite. At the workplace there is no way to cook a full-fledged hot dish, so the main preference is given to the snack table.

As a rule, a corporate holiday lasts 1-2 hours, and then the snack table is able to satisfy the slight feeling of hunger that arose by the end of the working day.

But if you plan a long feast, such as the New Year, with a large amount of alcohol, you can not do without a hot dish. In this case, the most economical option will be grilled chicken, bought ready-made and wrapped in several layers of foil, so as not to cool. If desired, it can be cut into pieces and heated before serving in the microwave, but even in foil, the chicken retains heat for 3-4 hours.

Take the time to bring homemade pickles to the corporate party, and your culinary talents are guaranteed success. This appetizer goes well with vodka and light wine, and is just good with bread.

If you want to surprise your colleagues, prepare these simple and economical summer sandwiches with cheese and vegetables, which are an option for mini-pizza in an office setting.

Hot sandwiches in spanish

It is required:2-3 bell peppers, 2 heads of onions, juice 1/2 lemon, 3 tbsp. l tomato paste, 10 slices of bread, pepper, salt.

Cooking. In the evening, cut 2-3 bell peppers at home in half rings or long strips, also cut 2 onions (it is better to take salad), fry in a pan until the vegetables are soft, then transfer to a glass jar, add 1/2 lemon juice, 3 tbsp. l tomato paste, salt, pepper, mix thoroughly and leave overnight. Make 10 white bread toasts (if there is no toaster, you can fry the bread in a dry pan, in the oven, or in the microwave).

Before serving, put the filling on the sandwiches, cover with cheese slices on top and bake in the microwave until the cheese is melted.

Since Soviet times, Russian people are distinguished by their extreme love for Baltic sprats, so these sandwiches will be appreciated, and it’s easy to prepare them in the office.

Hot Sandwiches with Golden Fish Sprats

It is required: can of sprat, 1 loaf, 100 g of butter, 150 g of sausage cheese.

Cooking. Pre-cook toast, spread a thin layer of butter, put 1-2 fish, cover with a thin layer of grated sausage cheese and bake in the oven or microwave until the cheese is melted.

Sandwiches are economical (sausage cheese is 2 times cheaper than usual), nutritious and are well-deserved for the spicy taste of smoked fish with cheese.

Favorite sandwiches of the English lords, of course, will also please your Russian colleagues.

English cucumber sandwiches

It is required: oblong sandwich buns, ham (bacon, smoked ham), fresh cucumber and ketchup.

Cooking. Cut the buns lengthwise into two parts, not reaching the end so that the sandwich can be closed again, grease with ketchup, put a slice of ham and a thin strip of fresh cucumber, cover the sandwich with the second half of the bun - the snack is ready. This type of sandwiches will satisfy your hunger after the most difficult day of work. Since sandwiches are based on bread and ketchup, they are much more economical than regular sandwiches with sausage or cheese

Serving your dish to the table, come up with a small interesting legend about its origin, then even your culinary flaws will pass for a delicate flavoring nuance. Fiction is sometimes better than skill. This type of dessert is an excellent substitute for cake and at the same time economical and easy to prepare.

Dessert “Orange Bowls with Cream”

It is required:oranges (according to the number of participants), whipped cream (you can use cream from a spray can), vanilla sugar, ground walnuts (2 tbsp. for 3 oranges).

Cooking. For washed oranges, cut the top in a zigzag fashion, remove all the flesh with a spoon, mix with ground nuts, whipped cream and vanilla sugar, put it back into the orange, garnish with nuts and whipped cream.

If the office has a refrigerator, cream can be replaced with ice cream, in this case, after preparing the toppings, cover the oranges with lids and put in the freezer, additionally sprinkle with nuts before serving.


  • white bread - 10 slices
  • boiled pork - 20 pieces
  • butter - 100 gr.
  • olives - 20 pcs.
  • cucumber, dill for decoration

Thinly sliced ​​white bread, cut in half obliquely, spread with butter, beautifully stacked boiled pork. On a skewer, we chop the olive, the cucumber and stick it into a slice of bread with boiled pork

Where to start

A gala dinner or dinner should be planned in advance, for which it is recommended to invite guests two to three weeks before the appointed event. Invitation cards indicating the time and place of the celebration can be sent by mail or phoned everyone in person. The day before the event, it is advisable to make sure that all guests can certainly come.

Where to put guests

To create a normal atmosphere for communication between guests at the table, it is necessary to seat people like this:

  • It is recommended to alternate men and women when choosing a place for them at the festive table.
  • Do not put couples nearby so that guests can enjoy chatting with new, strangers.
  • During a banquet, the owner can sit at the head of the table. If his presence will be required from time to time in the kitchen, you can sit on the edge.
  • You should not plant close people who clearly do not sympathize with each other, especially if you know about it.

Observing simple rules and following common sense, you can easily organize a dinner party at a height.

Table Setting Rules

We need to make every effort so that each guest feels comfortable, can easily take the appliance, dish or napkin he needs. To do this, it is recommended:

  • The devices that will be used first, put a little further from the plate.
  • Forks for the first and main courses are placed on the left side, knives - on the right.
  • Dessert devices are placed behind a plate.
  • Glasses should be as many as wines and drinks will be served.
  • After each change of dishes, you need to change napkins or pre-put a box with them.

Snacks on the table should be in sufficient quantities. If your guests have not eaten something, this does not mean their bad education. A solemn dinner or supper in a solemn framework involves the presence of at least four main dishes - a salad or a light meal, a main dish, cheese products and dessert.

How to choose drinks for the event

Guests are welcome to offer an aperitif during the parish - champagne, light wine. This will somewhat relax them and liberate them before the start of the holiday.

A bottle of red and white wine should be prepared for each guest, since you cannot be sure what the person prefers. White is poured from the bottle immediately, and red - twenty minutes before use. It is allowed to put on the table several bottles of sparkling water.

Evening music

Music should not be too loud, intrusive. She is selected in the same style. Guests have different preferences, so it is advisable to diversify the repertoire of the selected soundtracks. Ideally, if the musical compositions chosen to decorate the dinner party are instrumental, perhaps without words. Popular hits will be more appropriate not at a solemn classic event, but at a typical party. But still, the choice of the evening script is a matter of personal taste for the organizers of the event, so there is no strict framework here. The main thing is that the music does not annoy the guests and does not interfere with the conversation.

Making a celebration is much more difficult than a regular holiday in the home circle, but this is quite possible if you show attention and imagination.

Classics of the genre - stuffed eggs

Familiar, simple, fast, but always popular dish. Feed all guests this appetizer. Boil eggs, take out the yolk, and then - freedom for creativity. An incredible number of fillings, I offer only a few:

  • yolk with canned cucumbers, mustard and mayonnaise,
  • cheese with yolk and mayonnaise,
  • cod liver and yolk (if you have time, you can fry onions),
  • green peas, yolk and mayonnaise,
  • liver or goose paste with yolk and a drop of brandy,
  • yolk with butter and a slice of salted salmon.

There can be countless toppings; invent yourself from what is in the refrigerator. The main thing is that the products are combined with each other to taste.

Caramel Salmon

A quick and tasty recipe for a hot dish, which is suitable for both a festive table and a quick dinner.

  • salmon fillet - 1 kg.
  • honey - 3 tbsp. l
  • apple juice - 1 cup
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • olive oil

For quick cooking, preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Mix 1 cup of apple juice with 3 tbsp. l honey, bring to a boil and cook 1 minute. Cut salmon into portions and put in a baking dish greased with olive oil.

Bake fish in the oven for 10 minutes. Then remove the salmon from the oven, salt, pepper and fry in a pan for 2 minutes on each side until a browned, glazed crust forms. When serving, sprinkle with lemon juice.