6 Fine Dining Recipes You Can Make at Home

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The rapid spread of COVID-19 prompted countries worldwide to implement a total lockdown in cities and provinces where the number of cases has been rising quickly. Citizens are strictly ordered to stay at home to prevent social contact which causes the transmission of the virus. While staying at home can sometimes drive you bored, you can do something to keep yourself busy and productive while having fun. Cook and simulate a fine dining scenario!

Bring your family to a cozy and fancy restaurant while not compromising the mandate to refrain from going outdoors. If you don’t have any idea how to turn your dining area into a sophisticated restaurant, we’ll give you some tips and recipes.

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Spanish Paella
Paella is the classic Spanish rice dish. Usually, it is popularly served in festivals and special occasions. Primary ingredients include meat, seafood, sausage, seasonings, vegetables, etc. Paella is named after the vessel in which it is heated and cooked. You may be discouraged upon knowing its many elements, but don’t worry. With a few adjustments, you will be able to prepare this dish at home.

US Scotch Egg
The scotch egg is a crowd favorite dish from a US pub that specializes in serving high-quality food. In the UK, it is known as staple picnic food. This dish is a sausage that wraps around a hard-boiled egg, breaded and deep-fried. It is quite intimidating that you wouldn’t think of making it at home, but you can. Check out the scotch egg recipe and follow the instructions at home.

French Galette
French galette is a freeform tart. They say it is easier and faster to make a galette than a pie. You can just prepare and spread out your dough, pour the filling inside, fold the sides, and bake it in the oven. You will not even need to use a pan. French galette is known for its rustic presentation, made more delectable with a sprinkle of vanilla bean-yogurt sauce on top.

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Hong Kong Style Wonton Noodles
You can definitely prepare the famous noodles made in Hong Kong at home. Get some wonton wrappers, coriander stem, spring onion, double-minced pork collar, cornflour, sesame oil, ground white pepper. Follow the instruction in this Hong Kong-style wonton noodles recipe. You can also add pork or shrimp, as you wish. Served in aromatic broth, blanched noodles are very tasty and appetizing.

Tuna Casserole
Tuna casserole is an all-time favorite of families in fine dining restaurants. Prepare a box of Kraft dinner and follow the instructions from the tuna casserole recipe. You just have to add tuna, then mix and season completely. Lastly, add your preferred cheese type and breadcrumbs. 

Bake for 20 minutes at 250F, until the cheese melts. If you want the cheese to turn brownish in color, put it under a broiler for a while. This also makes the crumbs crisper. To prepare in a bigger casserole, triple the number of base ingredients as mentioned above. You can use any type of pasta as well such as macaroni, penne, linguine, etc.

Grilled Chicken Fajitas
Grilled chicken fajitas are originally from the border regions of Texas and Mexico. They are renowned for sizzling dishes. Although it is really difficult to replicate that outstanding dish at home, it’s still possible to recreate them as tasty as the original Tex-Mex fajitas. Basically, what you will need are chicken breast, lime juice, olive oil, pepper, scallion, and condiments.

Some Tips in Preparing Fancy Dishes
When preparing a fancy dinner for the family, you may also grab a bottle of wine or make a flavored juice. To make dinner more special, you may use embellished glass juice bottles or glass champagne bottles from You may also use them in the future should people come to visit your house and have dinner with you.

You must also know that dishes in fine dining restaurants are never served using a plate crowded with much food. When it comes to presentation, keep it as simple as possible. Don’t overdo it. However, it should not seem as if it is empty as well. Just have enough for one person.

Asymmetrical forms are welcome, but keep everything uniform and even in shape. Try combining foods with the same color. For example, you can mix dark foods together, and the light ones. Ideally, you can serve main courses such as meat, steak or shrimp with other food in odd numbers. Chicken, sides, and vegetables.

Some chefs utilize vertical or abstract presentation to impress their customers. You can do that as well to make a good impression of your family in terms of cooking a fancy dish. Anyway, this is all just for pure fun in the family!

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