Best Recipes for Unexpected Guests

best recipes for unexpected guests

It can be hard to come up with a dish for unexpected guests.

There are many options, but the most popular ones are often too time-consuming for guests that you weren’t expecting.

Don’t fret though! You have many options for easy recipes that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

Quick Recipes for an Unexpected Guest

People invited to your home generally get plenty of warning, but unexpected guests may show up at any time. Make sure you always have something on hand so that no one will be kept waiting while you scramble around looking for something to serve. Keep some snacks and appetizers in the freezer so they’ll be ready when someone drops by. Also, have a few easy-to-prepare dishes on hand so that you won’t be stressing out when there’s an unexpected dinner guest or even just someone stopping by for a quick visit.

Here are some of the best recipes to keep on hand

Scrambled Eggs – Eggs can be prepared in lots of different ways, and they’re fast and easy to make.

Bacon and Eggs – Bacon is a quick-to-prepare meat that goes well with eggs.

Cheese Omelet – Just add some cheese, vegetables, or other ingredients if you want to customize the omelet.

French Toast – This popular breakfast dish is delicious and simple to prepare.

Flaky Biscuits – Making these can take a little time, but they freeze well and are good for breakfast with jam or just butter.

Apple Turnovers – These are easy to make, and they can be eaten as snacks or desserts.

Homemade Mini Pizzas – Kids will love helping to prepare these simple pizzas.

Pita Bread – The pita bread can be filled with a variety of ingredients to suit your guests’ tastes.

Fruit Salad – This is the perfect light dish for unexpected guests, and it takes just a few minutes to prepare.

Veggie Platter – Cheese cubes and olives also go well on a platter like this one.

Spiced Nuts – These delicious nuts take just a few minutes to prepare.

Parmesan Breadsticks – These breadsticks are crispy and cheesy, and they can be made in advance.

Quick and Easy Recipes

Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 tablespoon milk ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons butter Directions: Beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper together. Melt butter in pan over medium-high heat. Pour egg mixture into the pan. Cook until set but still moist, stirring occasionally. Serve hot with desired toppings (cheese, diced ham, chopped green onions.)

Bacon and Eggs

Ingredients: 8 slices bacon 6 eggs ¼ teaspoon salt Pepper Directions: Cook bacon in frying pan until browned on both sides. Drain on paper towels; break into pieces when cool enough to handle. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from pan. Stir eggs, salt and pepper with fork until well mixed; pour into the same frying pan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until eggs are cooked but still moist. Serve hot, topped with the bacon pieces.

Cheese Omelet

Ingredients: 6 eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons milk or water 1 teaspoon butter 3 ounces cheese (grated) Directions: Beat eggs slightly; add salt and milk (or water). Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat; pour in egg mixture. When edges begin to set, sprinkle cheese over half the omelet and then fold other side over top. Continue cooking until eggs are as firm as desired.

French Toast

Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 ½ cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons butter Pinch of salt 6 slices bread Directions: Beat eggs, milk, vanilla and salt together. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in frying pan over medium heat. Dip bread slices into egg mixture and cook until golden brown on both sides; drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining butter and bread slices. Serve hot with syrup, jam or sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Pita Bread

Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon instant yeast 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil ¾ cup water Directions: Combine flour and yeast in large bowl; add water and oil. Mix until dough comes together. Knead dough on floured surface for 5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch down dough and cut into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and flatten slightly. Cover with wet towel; let rest 30 minutes. Roll out each bread on lightly floured surface to form round breads, about ½ inch thick. Heat griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook pita bread, about 1 minute per side, until lightly browned. Keep warm by covering with a towel.

Spiced Nuts

Ingredients: 2 cups mixed nuts 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon salt Directions: Heat oven to 300°F. Melt butter in shallow pan over low heat. Add nuts and toss to coat. Combine sugar, chili powder and salt; sprinkle over nuts and toss to coat completely. Spread nuts in single layer on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.

Black Bean Dip

Ingredients: 1 15-ounce can black beans 1 teaspoon chili powder ½ teaspoon cumin 2 tablespoons lemon juice Salt to taste 1-2 tablespoons olive oil Directions: Drain beans. Mash them in a bowl with the back of a fork, potato masher or bean masher until almost smooth. Stir in chili powder, cumin and lemon juice. Add salt to taste for desired flavor. Drizzle in olive oil while stirring to make smoother. Serve with tortilla chips.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients: ½ tablespoon butter 1 teaspoon mustard 2 slices bread 2 slices cheese Directions: Butter bread on one side; spread other side with mustard. Assemble sandwich, putting cheese between bread slices. Cook sandwich in frying pan until golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted. Serve hot.

Fruit Salad

Ingredients: 1 pear 1 navel orange 1 banana Directions: Peel the pear and cut into small cubes. Peel orange, removing all white pith from fruit. Slice fruit into round pieces and then slice each round into quarters. Dice the banana into ¼-inch pieces. Combine fruit in bowl; stir to mix well.

Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 banana ½ cup orange juice 2 tablespoons honey ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Fish Fingers

Ingredients: 3 white fish fillets (such as cod or haddock) ¾ cup dry breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper to taste 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tablespoons milk ½ cup oil for frying Directions: Place fillets flat on a cutting board. Trim away any errant bones with a sharp knife. Cut each of the 3 fillets into 12 even strips. In one bowl, combine breadcrumbs, grated cheese and salt and pepper; in another bowl, combine egg and milk. Coat each fillet strip in breadcrumb mixture; dip into egg mixture to coat well; then dip back into breadcrumbs. Place breaded strips on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Chill strips for 30 minutes (optional). Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook fish fingers in batches, about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove to paper towels. Keep warm by placing in oven at 175°F before serving.

Banana Bread

Ingredients: 3 cups flour 4 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups sugar 4 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla ¼ cup milk 3 ripe bananas, mashed Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch loaf pan. In large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In another large bowl, cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in bananas just until mixed. Pour batter into prepared pan; spread evenly. Bake for 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake on wire rack 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Recipes That You Prep And Then Visit With Guests

So maybe you got some unexpected guests but you want to step up your meal. In that case, you don’t want to spend the entire time in the kitchen. So try one of these recipes that will allow you to make something a little more elaborate, but are not too time-consuming.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup


-1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts

-1 onion, diced

-3 carrots, peeled and diced

-3 celery stalks, diced

-1 garlic clove, minced

-1 teaspoon dried thyme

-1 teaspoon dried parsley

-4 cups chicken broth

-1 cup white rice

-salt and pepper to taste


1) Add the chicken breasts, onion, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, parsley, chicken broth, and white rice to a slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2) Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Serve with your favorite sides.

Cooking time: 6-8 hours on low

Mini Meatloaves with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy


-1 pound ground beef

-1 egg, beaten

-1/2 cup bread crumbs

-1/2 cup milk

-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

-salt and pepper to taste

-1/2 cup ketchup

-1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

-4 cups mashed potatoes


-3 tablespoons butter

-3 tablespoons flour

-3 cups beef broth

-salt and pepper to taste


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2) In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, egg, bread crumbs, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

3) While the meatloaf is cooking prepare the mashed potatoes according to their package’s instructions.

4) For gravy: Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in beef broth and bring to a boil, whisking frequently until gravy thickens, about 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5) Serve meatloaf with mashed potatoes smothered in gravy.

Cooking time: 25 minutes

The best recipes for unexpected guests are often not the most complicated dishes to make. Whether you’re in a hurry or just want easy, delicious food that will please your palate, these quick and simple recipes should be perfect for any occasion. These mini meatloaves with gravy are an excellent option if you need something filling while still being budget-friendly–the potatoes provide plenty of comfort without costing too much money! And this banana bread is great because it’s healthy enough to eat as breakfast but also tasty enough to serve at dinner time when dessert is needed before coffee! Consider one of these options next time you have company coming over so they’ll think twice about visiting again soon.


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