Reba McEntire Dishes Her Dinner Party Tips and Tricks—Like These ‘Foolproof’ Chicken Thighs with Olives (Exclusive)

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Reba McEntire Dishes on Her Celebration Ideas and Hen Thigh with Olive and Prune Recipe.Picture:

Robby Klein Pictures from NOT THAT FANCY by Reba McEntire; Fred Hardy II

Reba McEntire is a famous person on stage, however she prefers her less-glitzy way of life at house.

“Though I put on shiny sequins, a lot of make-up and massive hair, I’m actually not that fancy,” the nation music star tells PEOPLE on this week’s challenge.

The new coach on The Voice brings that “down-to-earth” type to PEOPLE’s Meals pages (which she visitor edited), sharing her favourite recipes and private tales that impressed her to put in writing her first cookbook, Not That Fancy, (out Oct. 10).

“When I’ve mates over to my home, I like to ensure they really feel taken care of and by no means go away with an empty abdomen,” she says. “I’ve attended each kind of get together below the solar, however my favorites are the informal ones.”

When internet hosting at her Oklahoma ranch, McEntire doesn’t spend her power adorning. “Should you’re worrying an excessive amount of about how every part appears, you gained’t have any enjoyable your self,” she says. “Throw down a number of tablecloths, fill mason jars with flowers, and add battery-powered candles—after which cease primping, and let or not it’s.”

There’s one element she favors, although: place playing cards. She recommends seating folks close to each other who’ve quite a bit in widespread “even when they don’t know one another effectively.” Or, she takes a web page out of a former first girl’s guide for a artistic approach to assign seats.

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“Barbara Bush had an amazing trick for this. She counted what number of friends she anticipated, after which she selected the identical variety of enjoying playing cards. She lower the playing cards in half and put one half on every plate and the opposite half in a bowl. When it was time for the meal, you selected a half from the bowl after which used that to search out your seat,” reveals McEntire.

By way of night actions, the “Does He Love You” singer likes to finish the night time with a enjoyable occasion. “Plan a remaining exercise like s’mores or a sing-along across the firepit,” she says. “Identical to a superb present, you all the time wish to go away them wanting extra!”

After all, a very powerful a part of a cocktail party is the dinner! McEntire suggests selecting a easy meal so that you “don’t should spend hours laboring over a sizzling range,” she says. “In case you have leftover meals, ship friends house with some. I all the time maintain further to-go containers available simply in case.”

Her go-to recipe is a “foolproof” hen thigh dish with olives and prunes. “I pull it out once I need one thing easy, elegant and scrumptious!” she says. “It seems miraculously fantastic each time. You possibly can’t mess it up.”


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Reba McEntire’s Hen Thighs with Prunes and Olives.

Fred Hardy II

Reba McEntire’s Hen Thighs with Olives and Prunes

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup pink wine vinegar

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp. dried oregano

½ cup pitted prunes

½ cup Spanish inexperienced olives

1 (3-oz.) jar capers, drained

6 contemporary bay leaves

6 bone-in, skin-on hen thighs (about 2 lbs.)

1 tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. freshly floor black pepper

½ cup packed mild brown sugar

Finely chopped contemporary flat-leaf parsley

Whisk collectively olive oil, vinegar, garlic and oregano in a big bowl till mixed. Stir in prunes, olives, capers and bay leaves.

Season hen on either side with salt and pepper. Add hen to bowl of prune combination; toss gently to coat. Cowl with plastic wrap; refrigerate for not less than 6 hours or as much as in a single day.

Preheat oven to 400°. Organize hen, pores and skin aspect up, in a 3-quart baking dish. Pour remaining marinade into dish, permitting prunes, olives and capers to relaxation across the hen. Sprinkle sugar evenly over hen.

Bake till thighs are golden brown and have reached an inner temperature of 165°, 45 to 50 minutes.

Take away from oven; switch hen, prunes, olives and capers to a platter. Drizzle with a number of spoonfuls of pan drippings; garnish with parsley.

6 25 minutes 7 hours, 25 minutes (contains marinating)

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