Cook a Meal for 20 People

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Your friends will bring plenty of sides. But since you’re hosting, the centerpiece dish is up to you. Surprise them with a flashy—and affordable—pot of garlic and herb mussels. Buying 5 pounds of frozen mussels will save you time rinsing and scrubbing, says chef and food expert Billy Parisi. Add 5 tablespoons of olive oil to a large pot. Turn the burner heat to medium. Once it’s hot, toss in 3 small shallots and half a cup of garlic, all diced, Parisi instructs. Stir until slightly brown, then add the mussels for 4 minutes.

Add 1.5 cups of white wine and the juice of 3 lemons to the pot and cook everything over medium heat until the liquid has reduced by half. Add in 1.5 cups of chicken stock and let the mussels braise in the mixture for another 5 minutes. Pour into a big bowl, add about a teaspoon of salt and pepper, and put out some chopped parsley for your guests to add if they please, Parisi says. That’s it. If you want a heartier meal, you could cook a couple of boxes of linguine pasta and spoon the mussels and broth over it.

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