Can You Throw a Dinner Party Without Blowing Your Budget?
by Staff
Can you host a dinner for 5 without breaking the bank? Take this quiz to find out.

Which meat is usually the least expensive?

  • lamb
  • ground beef
  • prime rib

Which poultry product is usually more costly?

  • duck
  • chicken
  • turkey

What is the cheapest way to buy chicken?

  • boneless, skinless parts
  • whole chicken
  • the parts you want, such as drumsticks

In a casserole, what type of ingredients cut costs?

  • seafood
  • steak
  • starches

If you're expecting five for dinner, how many servings of food should you prepare?

  • 5
  • 6 or 7
  • 10

How much boneless meat or fish makes a reasonable portion?

  • 1 pound (454 grams)
  • 1/2 pound (227 grams)
  • 1/4 pound (113 grams)

How much bone-in meat or fish makes a portion?

  • 1 pound (454 grams)
  • 1/2 pound (227 grams)
  • 1/4 pound (113 grams)

What's a reasonable portion of side salad or soup?

  • one cup (237 ml)
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml)
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml)

What's a reasonable portion of other side dishes?

  • one cup (237 ml)
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml)
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml)

Which is not an economical appetizer?

  • chips and dip
  • cheeses, lunch meats and crackers
  • caviar and crackers

Which is not usually thought of as a polite way to keep dinner parts costs down?

  • Wait until everyone arrives; then pass the hat for takeout
  • Invite people to a potluck
  • Ask guests to bring one specific course, such as side or dessert

What is the main drawback to sausage for cooks on budget?

  • It's usually very expensive
  • it doesn't blend well with other ingredients
  • It is often high in fat and calories

When is a vegetarian meal not a cost-saver?

  • When the guests won't eat their vegetables
  • When you buy lots of exotic ingredients
  • When the vegetables you choose are in season

Which is not a good strategy for substituting a less expensive cut of meat?

  • Lie about it
  • Marinate it
  • Use a slow-cooking method

If you invite people for a meal, which course is not optional?

  • appetizers
  • dessert
  • main dish

Which mistake can drive up your costs?

  • Choosing a recipe with lots of ingredients you don't have and rarely use
  • Making a hearty pot of soup
  • Inviting people for lunch rather than dinner

What is a main ingredient in ratatouille?

  • pork tenderlion
  • eggplant
  • eggs

Which is an essential ingredient of lasagna?

  • ground beef
  • spinach
  • pasta

Which is a low-cost option for dessert?

  • homemade cookies
  • cheesecake imported from New York
  • fresh strawberries in winter

Which is not a budget-friendly choice to add to a salad?

  • fresh lettuce or leaf spinach
  • artichoke hearts
  • carrots you slice or shred at home