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Tompeters

What do I do for this invite?

"Bring something/snacks to drink/eat etc - like an 'American supper' so no-one is stuck with catering."

It's at 7 pm, an informal group of six people I was on an evening course with, and the teacher. Ages 18 to 65, only two chaps.

I'm always a bit wary of these things...you don't know if others are going to bring, as Doc Martin put it, "salmonella en croute" so I'd be happy to much my own egg mayonnaise sarnies....but that isn't quite the spirit?

What is an 'American Supper' and what might I take, without being too OTT or stingy?

Many thanks :)

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Yummy

Invites

http://www.deliaonline.com/community/yourrecipes/baking/Tortilla_Twirls.html

Brilliant, makes loads so plenty to share, and VERY tasty and moorish. veggie too ( I think, never really know) so won't upset anyone .

relax and enjoy, with these you can do both !!

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Tompeters

What do I do for this invite?

I say!, Yummy. That'll be interesting. Thanks :)

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Honey

In contrast...

... to Yummy's idea, how about doing a Pumpkin Pie for pud.

H x

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sam from worthing

Invite - BYO nibbles


If you do a google search for Nigella Cocktail Sausages.

She makes a lovely very simple marinade for 75 cocktail sausages, bit oil, honey and soy sauce.

The same marinade can be used for chicken wings.

Equally tasty cold as well hot.

the sausages are always the first to be demolished when i have made them.

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sam from worthing

BYO American style nibbles

another idea - but you may need to borrow the hosts oven, 10 mins.

Is small baked potatoes, halved, scooped out inner, the inner mixed with spring onion, cripsy bacon bits, and some grated cheese bit of pepper, stuffed back into the skin shells, then reheated for 10 mins to crisp the tops.

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sam from worthing

Another idea for Tom


delias American meatloaf, served cold and sliced.

really lovely this is.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/main-ingredient/meat/beef/american-meatloaf.html

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MaryL

American supper

When I read your post, the first thought that came to mind was a potluck supper--everyone brings a dish. However, it's nice to semi-coordinate this so you don't wind up with all appetizers or side dishes.

Some American potluck ideas:

For appetizers:Corn chips with homemade salsa or a bean dip, a cheese tray with crackers, pigs in a blanket (sort of like sausage rolls but with mini-franks)

Main dishes: Mac and cheese, lasagna, baked beans, quiche, bbq pulled pork--basically anything that can be made in a largish quantity.

Side dishes: Nothing too fancy--a
nice tossed salad, a green bean salad, colelaw, potato salad

For dessert: Brownies, sheet cakes,
(you call them tray bakes), chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes

It's hard to get a balanced meal at one of these suppers, but it can be a fun evening.

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Tompeters

What do I do for this invite?

Wow, what terrific ideas! Thank you, Honey, Sam and Mary. I don't really know what is expected. What if we all turn up with sherry trifle? (yum). I wonder if there's something novel, interesting that everyone will like (or at least not dislike), be hypoallergenic and vegan? :)

I'm certainly going to try those ideas out in the run-up to Christmas as we'll be having people coming over for evening functions quite a bit.

Thanks again everyone...but would be fun to keep the ideas rolling in --- we have bonfire night coming up, too.

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flo44

What do I do.....

Hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, BBQ pork ribs, sweet potato casserole, macaroni and cheese, baked ham, to name a few. Jambalaya and gumbo are New Orleans' staples. Very American Southern are fried chicken, rice and red beans (kidney) or rice and black-eyed peas, the latter a must on a New Year's Day table, considered good luck for the coming year.

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Tompeters

What do I do for this invite?

Flo, that all sounds delicious and thanks for the ideas. Do you know what an 'American Supper' means as a social gathering in the UK? I don't know if it is essentially at the Big Mac or 'bucket of chicken' end of the scale or the Filet de boeuf end!?

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flo44

What to do...

Supper is dinner, the heaviest meal of the day. There's usually no first course, but 3 or 4 items on the plate...maybe fried chicken or chicken pieces cooked with a white gravy (Southern), fried catfish, mashed potatoes and, say, corn on the cob (4 inch pieces), green beans, etc. Dessert could be pecan or sweet potato or apple pie, peach cobbler, etc. Like any country I think, a more formal dinner would be your fillet of beef, while less formal would be chicken or porkchops.
I should mention that large steaks, various cuts, with a baked potato (topped with butter or sourcream and/or snipped chives or bacon bits), served with creamed spinach and a side salad, perhaps garlic bread, is very popular but usually something that people eat in a restaurant these days.
If your event is a buffet or potluck, the table would consist of less formal dishes, meats such as chicken, ham, sweet or mashed potatoes, small corn on the cob, cornbread or Southern biscuits (like scones but contain no eggs but liquid is buttermilk), rice and beans of some sort, very Southern and very African American, coleslaw, maybe jambalaya or gumbo.

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MaryL

What do I do for this invite--Christmas

For a Christmas potluck, I'd ask
people what category of food they'd like to bring, and then steer them to another if you find they all want to bring sherry trifles. Although an evening of sherry trifle doesn't sound half bad.

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Gravy Queen

American supper

Supper here is a light snack like a bit of cheese on toast , but I don't eat supper :-)

Intrigued how this is supposed to be organised how do you know who is taking what so you are not all taking the same dishes ?

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Queen of Puds

American suppers

I assume that people would need to coordinate a bit? But what did you do for yours in the end, Tomps?

 
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