A (Better Than) Take Out Party

March 18, 2013

Now that Food52's Editorial Assistant Brette Warshaw has stocked her First Kitchen, she's ready to throw parties in it: no-stress weeknight parties for anyone, anytime, and (almost) every kitchen. You're invited.

Today: The party to throw when everyone wants take-out, with a step-by-step tutorial.

Cambodian-Style Spring Rolls

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“Ugh, let’s just order take-out.”

If my life were a musical -- and oh, how I wish it was -- this would be the chorus’ constant refrain: the one whispered in the library as the sun starts to set; belted while passing the grocery store, tired and achey; muttered while laying on the couch, arms splayed, feet up, eyes closed.

But on a night like this, when the chorus of “take out take out take out” is rising higher and higher, and a pile of greasy take-out boxes is sounding tempting, do the unthinkable: invite the chorus over for a dinner party.

Now boogie on home and get cooking -- because you can do better. And because no sentence about dinner should contain the word “ugh.”

The Menu

Cambodian-Style Spring Rolls 
Pad Thai Redux (with fried eggs)
Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger

As soon as you get home: Put on some showtunes and start prepping. Slice the vegetables for your spring rolls and pad thai. Make the dipping sauce – and feel free to omit the mango (I did, opting for the ingredients that I could simply dump and stir together, and adding sugar to taste.). Steam your shrimp, and set aside in the fridge.

A half hour before showtime: Get your rice pudding simmering on the stove. You want it to be room temperature when it’s time to serve it.

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

Before your guests arrive: Soak your noodles and your wrappers. Arrange the ingredients for your spring rolls in pretty bowls on your kitchen table.

When your guests arrive: Teach your chorus how to roll the spring rolls, and then put them to work. Leave them chatting at your kitchen table while you finish your pad thai.

Arranging spring rolls Arranging spring rolls

Pop in a sheet pan of fried eggs using the oven method. Top each bowl of pad thai with an egg, bring them to the table, and smile at the mound of messy-beautiful spring rolls on your table. Dinner is served.

Pad Thai Redux

Got any leftovers? Send your friends home with them -- in take-out boxes.







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