Margaritaville/Key West Menu
Hello all! I am hosting a dinner party in two weeks and I have decided on a Key West theme to start the summer off right!
I will be cooking for 12 women (Bunko game) on a weekday night.
I have a simple linguine with shrimp in a tomato cream sauce that I have thought about using for the main course. Also, I have a slider (mini - hamburger) recipe for an appetizer. I thought this would be creative as a "Cheese Burger in Paradise" theme. I have a recipe for Lobster and corn fritters with a key lime mustard sauce. For dessert, I already bought a key lime rum cake from the Blond Giraffe. Since I am not a baker, I thought this would be a great idea since it is already made and ready to go.
Please let me know your thoughts on what I have, what I need or some great appetizers for when the guests arrive.
Obviously, margaritas are on the menu!
Thanks for all your input.
I had the best tequila lime chicken sandwich in Key West last year and have thought about trying to turn it into a pasta dish. Marinating the chicken in a tequila lime sauce, grilling it and then tossing it with pasta - some sauce would be needed so the pasta wouldn't be dry. I wonder if you could try the same thing with shrimp - more Key Westy? :) You could serve it cold so you could make it ahead. Sorry I don't have an exact recipe - it's just something I've been tossing around.
if you want to have a variation on a margarita, or offer more than one kind, I highly recommend a red-chili guava margarita. http://www.chow.com/recipes/10754
I made a big batch for a party and everyone loved it, including the host, and especially chili afficienados from Texas!
You infuse the tequila by deseeding 6 dried peppers and plopping into the bottle for 1-2 days, and use guava nectar (Goya brand should be available in supermarket) and OJ in addition to usual lime juice and triple sec.