When throwing a sit down dinner party you need to find that balance between spending time with your guests and making great food. One of the best ways to steal some extra time with the guests is to serve a one-pot, long-cook dish that requires little attention. Low and slow is the tempo for this tip because making use of a dutch oven or a slow cooker can save maximum time and produce massive flavor.
A really tasty stew is always a winner with tender meat and veggies in a flavorful gravy. There are also dishes like pot roasts, short ribs or a whole host of other entrees that can just be thrown into a pot and left to cook on a low heat for hours. You will need to get the timing correct, however, because a dish that takes 6-8 hours to cook to perfection will need to be started at just the right time. Oh, and of course one pot cooking saves a whole lot of time with washing up afterwards.