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Margaritaville/Key West Menu

Jess Apr 27, 2005 02:20 PM

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.


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    Fydeaux RE: Jess Apr 27, 2005 04:01 PM

    Sounds like some conch fritters are called for.

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      Jess RE: Fydeaux Apr 27, 2005 04:18 PM

      Good call!! Not sure how easy buying conch is going to be. I live in GA. I think the Lobster and corn fritters would have to be the substitute for that unless I can find some conch.

      Best conch fritters I have ever had, was on the way down to the Keys at Alabama Jack's!!!

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        Fydeaux RE: Jess Apr 27, 2005 05:37 PM

        With a little notice, a good seafood shop (where are you getting the lobster from?) should be able to get them fresh for you. If not, I have always been able to find them at an Italian grocery here in Milwaukee (also kind of far from the ocean).

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      gina RE: Jess Apr 27, 2005 04:43 PM

      Other than conch fritters or soup, what comes to my mind are spiced or coconut shrimp, stone crab claws...also, bananas and mangos, Dark & Stormy's (Gosling's Rum and ginger beer).

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        BookGirl RE: Jess Apr 27, 2005 08:37 PM

        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.

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          Jess RE: BookGirl Apr 27, 2005 10:16 PM

          No need for an exact recipe!
          That is a great idea. I think I will try marinating some shrimp this weekend in tequila lime sauce to try it out.


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            BookGirl RE: Jess Apr 30, 2005 02:35 PM

            Great - let me know if you try it - I'd like to hear how it turned out!

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              NYchowcook RE: Jess Apr 24, 2007 03:25 AM

              I want to add a note of caution about marinating shrimp in lime juice. As w/ any seafood, the acid in lime (or lemon) will cook the fish over time -- as in ceviche.

              I would marinate some chicken, but then make something fried or crispy w/ shrimp such as coconut shrimp.

          2. Suebee RE: Jess Apr 23, 2007 07:22 PM

            What a great idea! How did all of your recipes turn out?

            1. NYchowcook RE: Jess Apr 24, 2007 03:22 AM

              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.

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                Suebee RE: NYchowcook Apr 24, 2007 05:42 PM

                Oh my lord, this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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