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sazzieC

menu planning HELP please!

Hi
next Sunday (3 nov) I have 35 people coming for lunch to celebrate my son's 18th Birthday. I just can't decide what to cook for the meal!
The puddings are sorted, but just can't decide on main course. It will probably be cold weather so was thinking hot meal. I am a good cook so am confident in the kitchen but have been driving myself mad looking at cook books (I have 208!). Have a range of ages coming and some of the older relatives are a bit more traditional in their tastes. Roast too fiddley for so many, son not keen on stews. Don't really want to do salads. I would ideally like to be able to do bulk of cooking the day before if possible. Was thinking of making a Salmon Coubliac (?) (salmon in puff with rice and eggs and herbs) for the non-meat eaters.
Any suggestions welcome. ... thanks

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Lindsey, Food Editor

For SazzieC

Hello SazzieC,

All of the following recipes work well for larger numbers.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/entertaining/chicken-breasts-with-wild-mushroom-and-bacon-stuffing-and-marsala-sauce.html

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/asian/indian/marinated-chicken-kebabs-with-whole-spices.html

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/roast-tenderloin-of-pork-with-mustard-and-creme-fraiche-sauce.html

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/autumn/sausages-braised-in-cider-with-sauteed-apples.html

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/italian/beef-in-barolo-with-parmesan-mashed-potatoes.html

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/italian/lasagne-al-forno.html

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/roasted-salmon-fillets-with-a-crusted-pecorino-and-pesto-topping.html


I hope you can find something here or if not it might help you thing of something else.

Best wishes

Lindsey

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Queen of Puds

Menu ideas

I like to do a roasted smoked gammon joint (or do it the day before & have it cold) serve with cheese & potato gratin. Can also then have smoked salmon or baked salmon or your coubillac. Can add a cheese board with breads & crackers, grapes, celery & walnut halves. If you want to add any salad at all you could limit it to coleslaw or a bowl of cherry toms & some dressed little gem?

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Honey

Menu ideas

There are some excellent suggestions there Lindsey. I'll copy and paste those as I also struggle to know what to do when we have a large gathering. Like the sound of those.

The recipe for Pork a la Creme, (served with rice) in my profile is easily multiplied up for big numbers and easily eaten with a fork if you cut the pieces small enough.

H x

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SonyaK

menu planning HELP please!


" Was thinking of making a Salmon Coubliac (?) (salmon in puff with rice and eggs and herbs) for the non-meat eaters.
Any suggestions welcome. ... thanks
"

If your "non-meat eaters"
are actually vegetarians then a fish based dish won't be acceptable either!!
Safer to do a vegetarian dish, unless you know that there are no real vegetarians.
If there are any vegans then the eggs wouldn't be any good either!!
Sorry if I've just complicated your life even more:) I think that cooking for 35 is very good of you!! Good Luck!

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sazzieC

thank you

i will have a read of these in the morning - very helpful thankyou!
Sara

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sazzieC

veggies

I know that my non-meat eaters eat fish so one less thing to worry about! I am going to have a look at the suggestions and hopefully make a choice. Too many cook books with lots of lovely recipes make it very difficult. thanks
Sara

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Tompeters

Menu planning for 35

It's not just the cooking and preparation, there's the logistics. Presumably it'll have to be a stand-up buffet for most, with a glass-clip onto the plate and plastic forks (or norks)? Counter space to lay out the food and drinks....

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Welshcookie

Menu planning

Steak pies always go down well. You can cook the filling in advance and just put the pastry on the day of the party.

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Welshcookie

Plastic forks

Tom, Plastic cutlery is so nasty, would you really suggest it for a family party? Paper plates too, perhaps?

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Tompeters

Menu planning for 35

WC -- I agree, but how many of us have crockery and cutlery for 35? You can hire it, of course.

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Tompeters

Menu planning for 35

I think that WC's idea of pies is excellent. If you make veggie pastry tops you can prepare meaty and veggie filling...or how about meat or fish or veggie? Pop the pie tops on as needed.

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Honey

Pies

I wouldn't want to eat a steak pie standing up. I would want a knife and fork and that requires a table or at worst :o( a lap. So if I were cooking for 35 (unless I can sit them all down) I would be going for something that doesn't require a knife. A finger buffet would be easier to eat... however, more is involved in the preparation of buffet food. So I would do big vats of something that can be served with rice or pasta and only requires a fork. Of course you could always ask everyone to bring their own picnic chair!

 
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