It's for 6 people, one of whom is pregnant. I really don't want to do a whole roast chicken, but I don;t know what else to do. Thanks
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How about salmon, rice pilaf and this lovely broccoli. Something chocolate for dessert. A fish stew would be nice too.
How about mushroom bourguignonwith Polenta? It's my favorite meal when I have vegetarian friends over.
I love this recipe:
You could use a gluten-free starch instead of the flour to thicken it.
Chicken tacos with beans and rice.
How about a risotto (you can par cook it ahead and finish it just before serving it) with salmon. Or Ina's chicken with 40 cloves of garlic with rice or polenta. Good luck!
Depending on how formal you want your dinner to be, I like the taco idea already suggested. Fish tacos can be delicious too. Never underestimate how much people freakin' love tacos. Or enchiladas. You can make up a pan of those ahead of time and just pop them in the oven. Serve with beans, rice and salad.
For something more formal, maybe a side or two of salmon, depending on where you live, or roast trout is pretty simple. Roasted potatoes and vegetables, and bob's your uncle.
I wouldn't worry too much about making chicken if it comes to that. It's a classic for a reason, a home and hearth type meal that is a very symbol of hospitality. And there are so many ways to make it.
How about bbq sauce-glazed roasted salmon over polenta?
Paella would also work!
Nancy is a trusted home cook.
If the pregnant woman eats fish, then consider a whole roasted or salt crusted one, all very dramatic, in Mediterranean or Chinese versions. Or appetizers from sardines, anchovy, herring. Avoid fish high in mercury like swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish.
Or, as someone suggested if you want a more informal main, go mexican with Huevos Migas.
Last, one of several beans & rice combos like mujaddara (lentils), rajma curry (kidney beans), fava bean pilaf (Middle East).
Should be, Mexican. And another huevos migas recipe, this one written in English:
I always think s flavorful chicken and rice bake is great for six people. It's less work than risotto, once prepped, needs no attention. Salad w citrus and perhaps a selection of gluten-free dinner rolls and wheat rolls.
Meg is a trusted home cook.
Asopao de pollo is a delicious dish w rice, chicken and peas cooked in soffits and chicken broth. With a salad, you have a meal. Rice pudding for dessert if you haven't served rice yet. Vietnamese tapioca w bananas and coconut milk is a delicious dessert. Diana Kennedy has a recipe for mangos flamed w rum, in Nothing Famcy.
A vegetarian shepherd's pie would also be a good option
But the best, is the classic Chicken Marbella from silver palate cookbook. This can pass as elegant (I always use skinless thighs and legs). Jeweled rice (parsley and sprinkle of pomegranate seeds) and a side of cubed roasted butternut squash. Super easy, crowd pleaser and did I say relaxing for enjoying your own party?
Kristen W. is a trusted home cook.
Arroz con pollo!
People should be thrilled to be invited to a dinner party. they should not be putting restrictions on it.
Can't go wrong with a wild mushroom risotto at a dinner party! Jamie Oliver's Chicken in Milk with polenta or rice is also a good option for that many people, depending on the size of chickens available to you.
Shrimp and grits, or something southeast asian inspired with rice noodles and a grilled chicken or fish.
QueenSashy is a trusted home cook.
This poached cod with safron and tomato is a wonderful dish, it's been a huge hit at my parties (http://www.bonappetit.com...). The additional advantage is that you can make the sauce ahead of time and then poach the fish for a couple of minutes right before serving. You can serve with simple cauliflower couscous and maybe fennel slaw on the side.
Easy. Option 1# Seafood pasta in a cream based sauce using brown rice spaghetti noodles (or any other gluten free noodles) Option 2# Whole roasted fish with a side of roasted vegetables salad with a nice lemony-thyme vinegarette Option 3# Thai coconut red chicken curry over steamed rice with stir fried bok choy, carrots, and onions as side. Dessert? Whole poached peeled pears in a merlot-cinnamon-star anise syrup
Is that pear recipe posted here anywhere? That sounds delicious!
It's almost the weekend of your dinner party, Jbraun 1220. Have you decided what to serve, or will you please tell us after the dinner how it went?
I always make gluten free vegetarian lasagna, gluten free garlic bread (gluten free goddess has good bread recipes), and salad. We are lacto/ovo vegetarians and my daughter is allergic to wheat. To keep it vegetarian I just check the cheese to make sure there is not any rennet. Gluten free lasagna noodles are easy to find. ? Good luck!
You could have a Mexican Dinner Party with homemade Corn tortilla (GF) and this Bean Dish http://www.gourmetgetaways.com.au/vegan-moroccan-spiced-beans/ served with Gaucamole, salsa and Tomatillo.
Cajun or plain, grilled Shrimp and Grits. Simple, elegant and fitting for a small party.