Are you overdue for a festive dinner with friends. Have you been putting it off because you just can’t find the time to cook dinner for a mob of people. Don’t worry about it. Organize a potluck. Or talk your friend into doing it, the one who’s such a good organizer.
Make it easy. Pick a theme, something easy. No need to show off. Don’t choose something obscure like Thai-Latvian fusion or with hard to find (at least in New Hampshire) ingredients from Ethiopia Uzbekistan. You can wax lyrical and invite everyone to an evening in the Italian countryside or a feast of French Farmhouse cuisine. These themes are vague enough to allow creativity and specific enough to avoid Asian-Tex-Mex-Mediterranean Fusion. Send out an email, pick up the phone or send an evite. (Evite can be particularly handy – your guests can rsvp and share what they’ll be bringing all at the same time.)
And now suggestions …
To start: For a small bite with a bit of Italian flair, try Gorgonzola & Walnut Shortbread with Savory Fig Jam or Savory Parmesan Shortbread with Tomato Jam. A bowl of Spicy Olives will certainly be welcome.
If flirting with French cuisine make more sense, then how about Roasted Shrimp with Tarragon Aioli, some lovely Pâté or Tapenade? Either way, a small bowl of warm Rosemary Cashews will always be welcome.
Moving on … Everyone likes chicken. Perhaps you’ll try Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs or Chicken Niçoise. Serve the chicken with Roasted Cauliflower or Broccoli Puree and Lemon Roasted Potatoes or Israeli Couscous. Or all of the above.
A salad, maybe two, is always a good idea. For a nod to Italy, try Roasted Cauliflower, Radicchio & Arugula Salad or Mixed Greens Salad with Gorgonzola & Walnuts. You’ll taste a hint of France in Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Salad
or Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes, Olives & Feta.
Have a great party and bon appétit!
What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.
© Susan W. Nye, 2015