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Apr 27, 2005 02:20 PM

Margaritaville/Key West Menu

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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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  1. Sounds like some conch fritters are called for.

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    1. re: Fydeaux

      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!!!

      1. re: Jess

        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).

    2. 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).

      1. 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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        1. re: BookGirl

          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.


          1. re: Jess

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

            1. re: Jess

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

            1. if you want to have a variation on a margarita, or offer more than one kind, I highly recommend a red-chili guava margarita.

              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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              1. re: NYchowcook

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