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Sep 18, 2006 06:32 AM

easy dinner for 12

I am having 12 woman over for dinner on Wednesday. I would love some ideas on meals that can be made ahead. I'd like to be able to chat with my friends in the family room while dinner is cooking. Any ideas would be great.

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  1. Avocado cocktail

    This is a special French appetizer. It is very elegant and looks really nice and classy when served. If you have important people for dinner and you want to impress them, serve this dish.
    Cuisine French
    Main ingredients Avocado, Tuna.
    Time of preparation 15 Minutes
    Time of cooking 0 Minutes
    Serving 4

    Ingredients 2 Avocado ,large size
    1 can Tuna Fish
    1 tbsp Lemon Juice
    4 tbsp Mayonnaise
    4 Black Olives
    Salt and Pepper

    Directions 1. Cut avocados in two pieces and remove seeds.
    2. With a brush cover the insides of each avocado piece with a layer of mayonnaise.
    3. Drain tuna and season with lemon, salt and pepper, then stuff each avocado with 1 tbsp of tuna mixture.
    4. Using a cooking syringe decorate avocados with mayonnaise and olives.

    1. Besara

      Besara is a common Egyptian dish. It is served as a cold appetizer but it is also very popular to be served as a hot dish.
      Cuisine Egyptian
      Main ingredients Dried Broad Beans, Garlic, Onions
      Time of preparation 0 Minutes
      Time of cooking 1 Hour(s), 30 Minute(s)
      Serving 6
      ! Soak for 48 hours.

      Ingredients 1/2 cup Dried Broad Beans
      1/2 head Garlic ,peeled
      3 tbsp Onions ,chopped
      2 branches Parsley ,chopped
      2 tbsp Mint ,dried and crashed
      1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
      Salt and Pepper

      Directions 1. Cover beans with cold water and soak for 48 hours, changing water 2-3 times. Drain and remove skin.
      2. In a medium deep pan put beans, garlic, 2 onions and parsley, cover with water and bring to boil over low heat. Cover pan and leave to simmer for 1 1⁄2 hours until beans become soft stirring occasionally.
      3. Pour components of pan into blender. Cover and blend at high speed for 30 seconds until puréed and put back in pan.
      4. Add salt, pepper and mint and simmer for 5 minutes over low heat, then leave to cool for 10 minutes.
      5. Serve in small bowls and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
      6. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat oil and stir-fry the remaining onion until dark brown.
      7. Remove bowls from refrigerator and garnish tops with fried onions.

      1. Classic egg appetizer

        This is a classic appetizer. It may be served on its own or beside shrimp and crabs. It looks very elegant and is very easy to make.
        Cuisine French
        Main ingredients Eggs
        Time of preparation 15 Minutes
        Time of cooking 0 Minutes
        Serving 4

        Ingredients 4 Egg
        2 tbsp Mayonnaise
        1/2 tsp Mustard
        1 tsp Corn Oil Crystal
        8 Black Olives ,for garnish

        1. Eggplant with tomatoes

          This is a delicious dish. Eggplant is known to be a very popular appetizer especially among Middle Easterns. In this recipe, it is served like pickles.
          Cuisine Egyptian
          Main ingredients Eggplants, Tomatoes
          Time of preparation 15 Minutes
          Time of cooking 15 Minutes
          Serving 8

          Ingredients 2 Eggplant ,medium size
          4 Tomatoes ,medium size
          2 Onions ,medium size
          2 Green Chili Pepper
          1 tbsp Olive Oil
          1 tsp Garlic ,crushed
          1/2 cup Vinegar
          Oil ,for deep frying

          Directions 1. Peel and slice eggplants and place in a bowl of salt and water.
          2. Deep-fry eggplants over high heat then set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
          3. In a skillet heat olive oil and garlic. Stir for 2 minutes until golden.
          4. Add tomatoes, onions and chili pepper and continue stirring for another 2 minutes.
          5. Add 1/4cup vinegar and remove from heat.
          6. Arrange eggplant slices to form one layer on a platter; cover with tomato mixture and sprinkle with the other 1⁄4 cup vinegar.

          1. Filet of Beef with Brandy Mustard Cream Sauce

            2 beef tenderloin steaks cut 1 to 1-1/4 inches thick
            12 tbsp butter
            12 tbsp Dijon mustard
            6 tsp Worcestershire sauce
            1 1/2 cup brandy
            3 cup whipping cream

            1 This easy flambé will make you look like a chef!
            2 Melt butter in skillet over medium-high heat.
            3 Cook steaks 5 minutes per side for medium-rare.
            4 Remove steaks to platter or individual plates.
            5 Add mustard and Worcestershire to skillet.
            6 Season with pepper and stir to combine.
            7 Remove skillet from heat.
            8 Add brandy and ignite with match.
            9 When flames cease, return skillet to heat.
            10 Add cream and boil about 2 minutes until reduced to a thin sauce.
            11 Pour over steaks to serve