This last Christmas we had Gourmetten, as did most of our Dutch friends. What is Gourmetten? It is the long-awaited answer to how you can have a nice meal AND sit at the table with your guests.
The supermarkets were full of little uncooked meat party packs here in the Netherlands, but I had no idea why, until Christmas came, and I finally learned about Gourmetten. Our host put the party packs on the table along with vegetables, mushrooms, an egg batter, and a pancake batter, and the fun began. Everything is cooked on a Raclette, which looks very similar to an electric griddle. It was great to sit and talk with everyone there (including our hosts) while our food cooked. 🙂
Even without the party packs it would be so easy to prepare small pieces of meat and/or fish and then cut up some vegetables before guests arrive. Our host also include 4-5 different sauce options, which made it especially fun. It takes about 2-3 hours for everyone to cook their food while chatting. The kids especially liked cooking their own food. It made for a fun, relaxing Christmas dinner. Thank you to our gracious hosts! 🙂
Have you ever found yourself too busy in the kitchen to visit with guests? Hope this helps! Let me know if you try it! Have you ever done it before? Leave a comment!