Secret Food Tweaks That Improve Any Graduation Party Meal

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Your senior's graduation party is coming up and you're worried you lack the culinary skills necessary to create a memorable meal. Don't panic! Even with relatively limited cooking ability, there are a wide variety of simple tweaks you can utilize to make their graduation party meal special.

Boosting the Flavor of a Cheese Pizza

If your senior has suggested nothing more complex than cheese pizzas for his graduation party, you may feel relief and dismay. After all, while that's a pretty simple dish to cook, it's probably a little too simple. Try to add a unique variety of cheeses, such as feta, to boost its flavor. You can also add items to the dough to add to its flavor and increase its sturdiness. Items you can add to pizza dough include:

  • Buttermilk
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Honey
  • Dry mustard
  • Eggs
  • Ginger

Roasting Chicken (the Right Way)

The adaptability of chicken makes it a popular graduation party main course, and roasting it properly can ensure it has the best possible flavor. First of all, you need to season your chicken at least 24 hours before you serve it. In fact, if you really want to give it a rich flavor, try spicing it 48 or even 72 hours ahead of time.

Start seasoning by adding the salt, pepper, and any other flavoring (such as lemon or olive oil) directly to the meat. Use three quarters of a teaspoon per pound to get the best result. Spread it as evenly as possible over the surface of the chicken and, when done, store it in a covered container in the refrigerator until it's ready to cook.

When it comes time to roast, you have a few temperature and time options. Some professionals prefer a temperature of 475 degrees for 45 minutes, while others roast at 375 degrees for about half an hour. Longer times create drier, crispier chicken, while shorter times make the meat juicier. For a side dish, add some veggies to the roaster and spice them with delicious (and healthy) Pecorino Romano cheese.

Transforming Boxed Cake Mixes

Every great graduation party meal needs a delicious cake, but for years you've either used store-bought cakes or boxed mixes. Never fear! The following boxed cake tweaks can transform that bland dessert into a graduation party hit:

  • Use milk instead of water
  • Melt their favorite ice cream and add it to the mix
  • Add tasters (like coffee or soda)
  • Mix butter instead of vegetable oil
  • Sprinkle a little lemon on top when it's done

Hopefully these tips give you all the help you need to create a delicious meal. However, if you're still struggling or simply need a little guidance, don't be afraid to talk to a professional catering service such as Kickapoo Creek Catering right away.