When hosting a
dinner party, it is a nice touch to heat the dinner plates
before serving. This helps keep the food warm so it doesn't
cool too quickly. This is especially important at a dinner
party where people tend to chat while eating, meaning the
process of eating the meal takes longer than normal.
Preheat oven at
175. Stack dinner plates on the rack and heat for about 15
minutes. You can turn the oven off and leave them in if you
don't need the oven for anything else. Otherwise, remove from
the oven and wrap in a clean towel until you are ready to
If it is for a
dinner people will be doing buffet style, be sure to have
napkins right next to the heated dinner plates. This way if
someone finds a plate too hot to hold, they can use a napkin
to hold it with... don't forget that "perfect" to
you might be "too hot to touch for more than a second"
to someone else.