Oven to Table Recipes for Entertaining

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You know that moment when you have guests arriving and you are rushing around the kitchen still chopping vegetables or standing over the stove? These Oven to Table Recipes are my solution to the craziness that often happens while entertaining.

I adore having guests for dinner, and spending time visiting with them is my favorite part of the night. However, I prefer not to start the evening with my back to our guests in the kitchen as I finish preparing the meal.

A kitchen with a dining table
Our house has an open floor plan with a huge kitchen and our dining room table is in the center of that space. This gives me plenty of room for entertaining. However, if I am still preparing the food when company arrives, I end up with my back to my guests or constantly looking over my shoulder to see them.

Once these recipes go into the oven, you are done. Nothing else to prep, stir or sauté. Toss the dirty prep dishes in the dishwasher, and you’re ready to spend time with your friends!

A plate of food on a table, with Enchilada



Calabacita Enchiladas ~ Calabacitas is a traditional Spanish skillet meal composed of squash, tomatoes, onion, corn, garlic and green chiles. Layering the spicy vegetables into enchiladas is one of my favorite twists on the classic dish.

A plate of food with a fork, with Kitchen and Potato
Sweet Potato Topped Rancher’s Pie ~ Seasoned with balsamic vinegar and Italian seasonings, this is not your everyday shepherd’s pie. Not a fan of sweet potatoes? Just use your favorite potatoes.


A plate of food on a table, with SoupMexican Lasagna
~ All of our favorite Mexican flavors are layered into this one-dish
meal. The recipe makes enough to feed a crowd and can easily be doubled
to feed an even bigger crowd. This has been my go-to company meal for years.

A bowl of food, with Kitchen and TableRoasted Potatoes with Brussels Sprouts and Sausage ~ The meal that converted my entire family of haters into Brussels sprouts fans. Nervous about serving Brussels sprouts to guests who might not love them? The recipe works great with broccoli, as well.

A plate of food with broccoli, with Peppers and Bell pepper

Spicy Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers ~
Bright, colorful bell peppers are filled with spicy meat, black beans
and fresh corn; seasoned with Mexican spices, this can be made as hot or
mild as you like.

A bowl of food on a plate, with Potato and Soup

Want an alternative to using the oven? Loaded Baked Potato Soup can be made up to two hours in advance, and it will hold perfectly in a crockpot until you are ready to eat.

What is YOUR entertaining style? It’s nice to have everything ready in advance, but I don’t mind asking for help when I’m running later than planned. I try to remind myself that I love being able to help when I’m someone else’s guest!

Disclosure: I was compensated to write this post as part of BlogHer’s Kitchen Entertaining editorial series, made possible by KitchenAid.

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Sherry says

    Wow what a beautiful kitchen!!! I love mexican food…these recipes look easy and delicious…thank you for sharing them with us:)

  2. Becki's Whole Life says

    What a nice big kitchen!! I hate cooking when I have guests because I can't cook and talk at the same time…lol! Everything looks yummy – I will hae to try the brussels sprout casserole as my family is slowly converting.