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Jan 5, 2000 09:57 AM

Red food theme party

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A friend is holding a party for which she would like to provide food of the red colour. Does anyone have any ideas/suggestions? Any ethnicity is welcome.

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  1. The first thing that popped into my mind is my new absolutely favorite "starter" dish: Beet tartare from Jean Georges' first cookbook. It looks like a jewel on the plate and tastes even better. Serve with toast points or an equivalent. A pretty salad is red leaf lettuce, and ruby red grapefruit sections sprinkled over with pomegranate seeds. The meal may end up looking sort of gory, but it sounds like fun. pat.

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    1. re: pat hammond

      my favorite red food is plain roasted beets...chioggia beets (with the bull's eye concentric circles) are, I think, a little sweeter...they're not quite as red as plain red beets, but red enough. Roast covered with foil until tender (time depends on size of beets), let cool, peel, slice, drizzle with real good olive oil.

      braised red cabbage is also sure to add some vinegar to preserve the color.

      I have recipes for a beet salad with gorgonzola and a beet risotto on

    2. How about borscht or small portions of steak tartare for a starter, lasagna or any kind of pasta with a tomato-based sauce for an entree, and cassis sorbet or berries marinated in red wine for dessert?

      1. Kai wat (Ethiopia). I believe it's most often made with lamb, but kai means red, so that's not necessarily the case.

        1. Go to Chinatown and buy some roast pork called char siu.

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            Rachel Perlow

            What about Red Velvet Cake for dessert?