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15 minute & under Demos

Malinda Klein

Advanced Member
Gold Member
Apr 15, 2008
Looking for FAST prep demos, in under 15 minutes - for the microwave AND oven. Suggestions for meals & desserts? Trying to cut down on my show length and figured this would be a good place to start


Legend Member
Gold Member
Jan 21, 2005
Fajitas and salsa. Quick prep then 15 minutes in microwave while you make the salsa.

13 minute cake in the microwave. Start it when you get there, cool. Maybe make a salsa or fruit salsa or demo sauces then garnish the cake.

Trifle. Make the brownie ahead of time or use purchased cake (angelfood or pound). Quick to layer and garnish.

Buffalo Chicken Dip - cook the chicken in the RCB then assemble ingredients and back in the microwave for 5 minutes. I start the chicken as guests are arriving so it can cool slightly while we do intros etc.

Well, that's a start anyway...

Look at the 29 minutes or less cookbook. Many of those recipes are 15-20 minutes.


Legend Member
Staff member
Sep 8, 2008
Another way, if you bring the ingredients, would be to have everything prepped and all but ready to assemble. Save one or two items to "live demo" maybe but mostly just throw it together.

You can still do this even if you have your host pay for ingredients. Let the host know that "part of your "service" is to do the grocery shopping for the show recipe(s) for her, but she would pay you the $10-15 when she closes her show. Pampered Chef includes a bonus $15 in her free product for having a Cooking Show- to offset the cost of ingredients." I know several directors and such who do this. I like the idea- and the time-saving aspect of it!


Veteran Member
Jan 1, 2011
The fajitas and salsa are,in my opinion, THE best quick recipe you can demo. Personally, I try to always do a main dish for my demo. I feel the purpose of my being there is, as I say, "To help bring families back together around the dinner table by teaching you how to get in and out of the kitchen in under 30 minutes."

When I do the f & s shows, I prep the onions, peppers, garlic, and chicken and put in the dcb as soon as I arrive. When the first guest arrives, I put it in the microwave for 17 minutes. Then I proceed to do my show. When I get to demo time, I show them the chicken w/stuff, pass around for them to chop w/salad choppers, and demo the salsa (which takes maybe 2 minutes-have everything ready to go in the mfp except the garlic so I can demo the press). I demo the garlic peeler & slicer since that is the one/two tools that are unique (everyone knows how to use a knife). All the other tools get discussed around the group when we talk about products, favorites, etc.

It is quick, easy, delicious, and demonstrates a REAL, subtancial meal with fresh ingredients that one can fix for their family in about 20 minutes, including prep time.


Legend Member
Gold Member
Jan 21, 2005
I do mine a little differently (we are all a little different):

Before the party I have the cheese and sour cream and tortilla chips already in the serving bowls and I have prepped the peppers and onions, and have the chicken on the prep mat. We talk about the DCB as part of the intros. THEN I slice the peppers and onions with the UM, add chipolte rub, cut the chicken into tenders if necessary (quick and shows the forged cutlery), put it in, then more chipolte rub. Then in the microwave for 15 minutes. When it's done I pop the tortillas in the microwave to warm them.

Meanwhile, (I had prepped the salsa ingredients before hand too except the jalapeno pepper) I seed and de-stem the jalapeno and put the salsa ingredients in the MFP and process. When to desired consistancy, I squeeze lime juice over the salsa with the citrus press. Now I have a couple minutes for questions or maybe a game if we choose to do one. Check the chicken - 99% of the time it's done (unless the host wants to feed more and we put extra chicken in the pot). I show the Salad Choppers and start chopping - they are amazed. I have the host pass out DPDS while I finish chopping. They aren't done with the DPDS and I am done chopping. We put it all together. Draw the prize and they eat and shop.
Apr 2, 2012
Another under 15 is pulled pork. Put pork in dcb, spray a little oil on with kitchen spritzer, cover in bbq rub or smokey applewood rub. Cover and cook 8-10 min for 1 lb, 15 for 2 lb. Make bbq sauce while that cooks or assemble in a micro cooker. Pull out let sit 5 min. Put in bbq sauce, chop pork with salad chopper and then serve on rolls. You could even prestart it, but most guests want to see it done. You can play games while it cooks, serve with some dips made with our rubs w/ veggies and/or chips. I'm currently doing this and stone cold show. The guests get to eat dessert first, play games, then serve slider with dips. It's fun, fast, and the guests seem to love it.

KellieM's Kitchen

Gold Member
Sep 9, 2011
Crostini Caprese

16 slices French bread, cut 1/4 inch thick
1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1/2 block (4 ounces) mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup snipped fresh basil leaves

Directions:1.Preheat oven to 350°F. Place bread slices on Large Round Stone. Lightly spray with olive oil using Kitchen Spritzer; bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven.2.Spread pesto evenly over toasted bread slices. Top each bread slice with one tomato slice. Slice mozzarella cheese into 16 slices (about 1/4 inch thick) using Stainless Cheese Knife; place over tomato slices. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges of bread are light golden brown and cheese begins to melt; remove from oven. Immediately sprinkle Parmesan cheese and basil over crostini; serve warm.

These are delicious!!!


Veteran Member
Gold Member
Jul 7, 2005
Cinnamon - apple pie pullaparts, or Garlic -parmesan pullaparts also a great short recipe that shows off cookware.


Legacy Member
Staff member
Apr 14, 2004
I often bring one recipe already made or almost made and demo the other. I still have the host reimburse me for the cost of the ingredients.