Chafing Dish Basics

chafing-dishesThe chafing dish has been around for centuries and was typically used to prepare meals. Today, with all of the modern kitchen items available, the chafing dish is more commonly used to keep foods at a temperature more suitable for serving. The chafing dish consists of 2 pans. One pan holds water while the other pan fits on top of the pan containing the water.

Once food is prepared, it can be placed in the chafing dish that sits on top of the water pan. The water pan is heated so that the water gets hot and keeps the food warm; leaving it at a temperature that allows it to stay ready to serve. The chafing dish is great to have for parties, events, or any type of gathering with food.

Perhaps you’d like to prepare something for your chafing dish, try this easy Crab Dip recipe to help get you used to using the chafing dish.

  • Melt 2- 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup of half and half, and stir together until smooth.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of grated onion, 1 teaspoon of Wocestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/8 teaspoon of tabasco sauce, and half of a teaspoon of salt.
  • Next, add 12 oz precooked lump crabmeat (2 cups).
  • Mix well and pour into your Chafing dish.
  • Set the heat low so that the dip doesn’t scorch.

Serve with tortillia chips or your choice of toasted bread.

You might also like this easy-to-prepare Smokies recipe that is a great appetizer. Combine the following ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of sandwich mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 1 can of jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 pound of cocktail sausage.

Place the combined mixture in your chafing dish so that your guests will be able to help themselves to these delicious party sausages.

A chafing dish is the perfect dish to have for entertaining. It’s great for keeping your dips and appetizers at the serving temperature that the recipe calls for. By having several chafing dishes, you are able to set up a buffet of great appetizers and dips. You can also use your chafing dish when hosting a special breakfast to keep foods such as eggs, pancakes, oatmeal, or grits warm prior to serving.

Maybe you are planning a gathering for a superbowl party, use your chafing dish to keep your warm foods warm so that everyone can enjoy them the way that they are meant to be eaten. For a really sweet treat, try serving apple, cherry, or peach pie from your chafing dish. Once it’s done baking, transfer it from the pie pan to your chafing dish. Keep your heat low so that your pie doesn’t continue to cook but only stays warm. Let your guests serve themselves pie from the chafing dish. As a bonus, put out some whipped topping or ice cream on the serving table to go with the pie.

You will find that you can really get a lot of use out of your chafing dish, especially when you have visitors or guest. Take advantage of all of the great opportunities to use your chafing dish.