Cooking an impressive meal doesn't have to be difficult. Sure you could take painstaking measures and spend days preparing a perfect Beef Wellington or Baked Alaska, but you can also get by doing a lot less.
Luckily, there are so many dishes out there that require very little work and experience but have a very rewarding payoff. Think risotto is out of your reach? How about chicken liver pâté or vichyssoise? Trust us -- they're easier than they sound.
Here are 12 recipes that sound difficult but are surprisingly easy to make. Let us know what your go-to easy but impressive meals are.