Best Make-Ahead Dishes for a Weeknight Dinner Party

Now this is a fine way to start off your dinner party. It'll make a great first impression, regardless of the rest of your meal. And you can make the black bean cakes and carnitas a day or two beforehand, leaving just the avocado part for those harried moments before guests arrive. It's a composed appetizer with a black-bean-cake base, a smear of lime-y avocado mash, and a topping of pork carnitas and cilantro. This introduction to your dinner will be quite smashing, we don't mind saying.

This appetizer is like a meal from the taqueria in just a couple of bites. The base is a black bean cake coated with cornmeal and fried until crispy.... Read More