Perfect Dinner Party Menu

Our church is doing this thing called dinners for eight. The idea is everyone who signs up is randomly assigned a supper club for one year. We meet every two months and last night was our turn to host.

This menu (below) came together and it was fantastic! The best part, I barely spent any time in the kitchen. I did most all of the prep work the day before, mixing up the hash brown casserole and marinating the chicken. All I had to do before the dinner wash heat up the casseroles, toss the salad, and warm the bread. I put my husband in charge of the grilling chicken.

grilled chicken
chicken cutlets and boneless thighs (from Costco), marinated for 24 hours in...
1 quart pineapple juice
1/2 bottle soy sauce
3/4 cup cooking sherry
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar

hash brown casserole
1 30 oz bag frozen shredded hash browns (slightly defrosted)
1 cup grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 heaping cup sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 stick of butter melted
1/2 medium onion diced
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and place in 9X13 casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour uncovered.

green salad with cherry tomatoes and goat cheese and vinaigrette dressing

French bread with butter

vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce 
(both store bought)


My guests raved about this meal and were not shy about returning for seconds. I will definitely be using this easy, delicious menu again!


  1. Makes me hungry to see your gorgeous photos!

  2. Thanks for sharing! I love having "go to" menus for out of town company and dinner guests. It really does make it easier to enjoy the people!

  3. what a great idea - both the dinner group and the menu!

  4. Chicken is marinating as I type. :)


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