If you’re looking for a way to have fun with friends and not spend a lot of money consider a cook-off! A cook-off will allow you to get all of your friends together, have a great time, enjoy delicious food, and save money! This idea is even more fun if you center it around a theme. A theme cook-off can be carried through the night in the form of decorations, entertainment, etc. Here are some ideas for a very fun themed cook-off.
Center the Cook-Off Around One Main Ingredient
Have a cook-off where every participant is encouraged to make a dish with the same main ingredient. See who can concoct the most delicious entrée. The ingredient could be something obvious and easy, like chicken. Or something that may take a little more thought, such as sweet potatoes. Almost anything would work really. If sweet potatoes were chosen, for example, someone may make sweet potato casserole, someone else may bring sweet potato and black bean chili, still someone else may bring sweet potato hash, etc. It will be fun to see what everyone comes up with and really tasty if you pick an ingredient you like.
Center the Cook-Off Around a Movie or Television Show
Are you and your friends huge fans of Grey’s Anatomy? How about the Star Wars series? If there’s one movie or show that all of your friends enjoy then host a viewing party/ cook off! Incorporate the movie or show into your décor, your outfits, and of course your food! If all of your friends watch Dancing with the Stars then you can dress like your favorite celebrity from the show, decorate with mirror balls, and cook foods like mango tango chicken salad, sultry salsa, or cha cha chicken.
Center the Cook-Off Around a Certain Cuisine or Ethnic Taste
If all of your friends are aficionados for a certain type of food then make it the focus of your cook-off. Maybe you have a circle that can cook authentic Italian dishes perfecto! Or, perhaps your friends all boast that they’re the best on the barbeque. Pick a type of cuisine and run with it. If your friends all go loco over Mexican food then throw a fiesta! Break out the maracas and sombreros. Everyone can contribute dishes such as guacamole, homemade enchiladas, or sizzling fajitas. See who among you is the next Rick Bayless!
The main idea of your cook-off is to have fun an enjoy a good meal with friends. Feel free to award small prizes to the winners, but don’t get to overly competitive. Enjoy each other’s company and the atmosphere that you’ll create. Who knows? Cook-offs may turn into a frequent activity!