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Invited 20 adults / 10 children for a dinner party this weekend. Can't decide on menu given #s!!! No pasta please.

As people arrive, I plan on serving 3 savory tarts, cheese and fruit. Dessert easy. Dinner: Kids eat what adults eat - no substitutions. Perhaps one chicken, one lamb, one lentil dish + rice? Ideas for recipes / menus???

asked by ubs2007 over 2 years ago
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Bigpan
added over 2 years ago

I would do anything pasta - kids love and adults too. Good ol' spaghetti and meatballs.

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hardlikearmour

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added over 2 years ago

Runaway Spoon's pastitsio: http://www.food52.com/recipes... - I've made this several times for guests with great success. It can be assembled ahead. I've made it both with lamb and with beef (lamb is better IMO, but beef is good too.) All it needs to be a complete meal is a salad or veggie side.
You could make Merrill's Farro Risotto for vegetarians: http://www.food52.com/recipes... It can also be made ahead. You could add some roasted butternut squash, or sautéed mushrooms, etc... to make it more of a main dish, too.

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added over 2 years ago

Surprisingly, kids move this dish. You will, you.

Lorigoldsby
added over 2 years ago

What about a couple of tagines with couscous? You can do a lamb and a chicken...add apricots...kids love the fruit!

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added over 2 years ago

Great idea! Do you have any recipes? I don't own a tangine.

Sit2
added over 2 years ago

I'd second that idea..great for crowd. Use a meat tagine and a veggie tagine. And for gluten free guests. This cauliflower couscous is great. It holds up very well. <a href="http://www.food52.com/recipes/14493_cauliflower_couscous" target="_blank">http://www.food52.com/recipes/14493_cauliflower_couscous</a> To keep with the theme, some humus, pita breads, feta cheese, olives for appetizers, or side dish for bread. Maybe a tabouli salad which can be prepped and dressed ahead of time. You could quinoa for the Bulgar wheat in the salad as it's sometimes easier to find. (that would be a lot of parsley chopping tho).

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added over 2 years ago

Great idea! Do you have any recipes? I also don't own a tangine to cook the lamb.

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added over 2 years ago

Do a search for "lamb tagine with prunes" (and almonds) and "chicken tagine with preserved lemons" and green olives. These are the classic ones and both of them are really satisfying. Tagines are basically stews and are usually eaten with bread. There's no need for them to be cooked in a tagine pot -- they'll taste great cooked in a regular pot or pressure cooker (they often are, then transferred to the ceramic/terracotta tagine for decorative reasons). Make a classic couscous topped with vegetables (carrots, zucchini, celery, garbanzo beans) as a side. Another possible side, search for a recipe for charmoula, use this to dress quartered potatoes (like a Moroccan potato salad) or peeled, boiled, cut carrots. Once the vegetables are dressed, sautee in a skillet to cook the cilantro in the charmoula.

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added over 2 years ago

Thanks so much! Any recipes? I don't own a tagine.

Junechamp
ChefJune

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added over 2 years ago

You don't need the vessel called a tagine in order to make the recipe. A covered baking dish will do.

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added over 2 years ago

I don't know how "dinner party-ish" you want the menu to be----Silver Palate Chili For a Crowd is THE best .
A roast of any kind that will feed alot of people, roasted turkey and ham, plus plenty of vegs. there is a recipe on this site for israeli couscous with pistachios that is just wonderful and people love it.

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added over 2 years ago

I don't know how "dinner party-ish" you want the menu to be----Silver Palate Chili For a Crowd is THE best .
A roast of any kind that will feed alot of people, roasted turkey and ham, plus plenty of vegs. there is a recipe on this site for israeli couscous with pistachios that is just wonderful and people love it.

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added over 2 years ago

Sorry--I tried to find the israeli couscous recipe for you, but the recipe search still stinks and can't still no way to organize saved recipes, but it was probably around summer 2010 that it was posted. Can't recall who posted it, but it is just terrific.

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added over 2 years ago

Found it---couscous with summer squash, sultanas, pistachios and mint--the internet cooking princess.

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added over 2 years ago

great! Thanks so much!

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added over 2 years ago

Found it---couscous with summer squash, sultanas, pistachios and mint--the internet cooking princess.

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added over 2 years ago

Bon Appetit has a great recipe for meatballs with mint.

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added over 2 years ago

Here is a great tagine recipe using chicken and lemon and olives. A dutch oven is a great substitute if you don't have a tagine. http://www.williams-sonoma...

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added over 2 years ago

This looks delicious! Thanks!

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added over 2 years ago

embrace your slow cooker if you have one, a pre-assembled casserole type dish is easy.

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added over 2 years ago

Oldie but Goodie chicken recipe, <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/CHICKEN-MARBELLA-SILVER-PALATE-COOKBOOK-1277030" target="_blank">http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/CHICKEN-MARBELLA-SILVER-PALATE-COOKBOOK-1277030</a>

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added over 2 years ago

Chicken Marbella! One of my favorite go to recipes!

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added over 2 years ago

Tagines are a great suggestion. You don't have to have a bona fide "tagine' -- you can use a Dutch oven or similar pan that's wide, holds a lot, and has a domed lid (preferably) to hold in the fragrant essences from the steam. There are 14 tagine recipes on food52, all sorts, whatever sounds right to you!
http://www.food52.com/recipe...
If you have tarts as a first course, they won't be starving, will they! Good luck -- and report back to us.

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added over 2 years ago

Thank you everyone for your fantastic suggestions!!! I've decided on three entrees: tagine chicken, chicken marbella and a lamb stew. I'll report back soon! I think I'll be cooking all day tomorrow and Sat.

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i would swap out the chicken tagine with a veggie lasagne.

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added over 2 years ago

i would swap out the chicken tagine with a veggie lasagne.

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added over 2 years ago

I'd hedge bets a little bit and add in a few large pans of roasted chunks of root veggies and squash: turnips, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, potatoes, squash (and onions and garlic perhaps); sounds like you know what you're doing, but a mass of roasted veggies would be simple enough and ensure everyone is happy. I'd be concerned over a lack of veggie protein, but I'll admit I have only scanned the above responses.

Junechamp
ChefJune

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added over 2 years ago

When I'm feeding that many people at one time, I don't try to make every dish to feed the whole crowd. A baked rice dish could easily take the place of a pasta dish, since you don't want to serve pasta. Start it out as you would a pilaf, with the mirepoix, and layer it in a baking dish with additional vegetables, and perhaps cheeses and/or already cooked meats, to your (and guests) taste. Easy, not too pricy, do-ahead-able and delicious.

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added over 2 years ago

I would add a big pot of couscous mixed with herbs (mint and basil are kid-friendly) and drizzled with olive oil
and maybe a cold lentil salad.
My go-to greek lentil salad:
cook 2 cups of raw green (French) lentils in salted water until tender
combine in a large bowl with:
1 large cucumber, chopped fine
1 small carrot, shredded
1 green and 1 red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped mint
1/2 cup finely chopped parsley
1/2 cup crumbled, good quality feta

dress with the juice of one lemon, olive oil, sea salt

It sounds simple, and it is, but you can make it several hours before and people love it.

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added over 2 years ago

Thank you everyone for the wonderful suggestions. The party was a hit and I barely had leftovers. Adults and kiddos are still in awe of all of the food.

Sit2
added over 2 years ago

What was on the menu Ubs2007? I'm glad it was a hit.

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added over 2 years ago

Ahhh...yes!

Hor d'oevers: Two savory tarts, homemade yogurt dip, cheese, fruit and crackers

Dinner: Lamb with white beans, roasted chicken (instead of the tagine (started very late on cooking), chicken Marbella (as suggested above), Rahjma (kidney bean curry punjabi style), Roasted fennel, Kale with grapes and almonds in an orange vinagrette, Green beans (blanched), rice

Dessert: Two cakes, cookies and ice cream, tea, coffee and milk

Everything turned out great, but I didn't care for the Chicken Marbella (odd since I love almost everything on this site but the flavors just didn't seem to win me over)

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