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Dec 21, 2004 03:15 PM

Quick pre-concert nosh for the folks

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So, I've got 2 sets of parents flying in on Thursday, one in the morning, one in the afternoon (4:00 pm). At 7:30 in the evening, we've going to a concert. I'm working all day, splitting home early, but my husband is off all day (and doing airport runs).

The idea is to have something quick, somewhat light but satisfying before the concert at our place. These are meet and potatoes kind of eaters but at least 3/4 of them are decently adventurous eaters.

So, it has to be easy and require little prep or at least be prep-able the night before. I'm planning on some good pate and baguette, a cheese or two, olives, and spiced and toasted almonds. But, I'd like a little something more substantial without being heavy or fussy.


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  1. What about making a spanish tortilla -- you can make it the night before and serve it chilled or room tempature. Easier (and healthier) than quiche, goes very well with the nuts, olives, cheese and bread you already are planning on serving.

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    1. re: DanaB

      Tempting but I don't think I'm ready to break out a brand new recipe on short notice. Something to keep in mind though.

      1. re: SandraV

        A spanish tortilla is basically just an open-faced omlette, very similar to a crustless quiche or a frittata -- they are really simple to make. Here's an example of a recipe -- I make one that has just caramelized onions in it, but you really can put any kind of filling you like inside.

        Good luck with whatever you choose -- be sure to report back.


    2. a tart or quiche of some kind and a simple green salad. In the summer my mother makes a tomato/mozzarella tart in the winter she makes a steller onion tart. Make it the day or two days before, reheat and serve. She uses pillsbury pie crusts (the kind that don't come in a pan but in a sheet that she can roll out a little thinner and put in her own pie dish). Fairly simple. I might be able to scrounge up a recipe if you wanted it or you could check a site like epicurious for other filling ideas.

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      1. re: Tamar G

        Oh! Good idea. And, being as I've really run myself ragged over the past week gearing up for all this, I might hunt and gather this one. The Metropolitan Market near us has wonderful house-made quiches.