Help with a Southern Menu
Hi everyone I'm working on a southern style menu for a big party that I'm having in November. Here is what I'm having so far:
Slow Cooked BBQ Pork (?)
Mac & Cheese
Beans & Rice
As you can see I need some help with Apps, I just want some good finger foods with a southern touch. Also what kind of Dessert would be good? We are having a birthday cake but we would also like some something else.
For the entrees we were thinking of adding a slow cooked BBQ Pork dish, but I'm still looking for one more suggestion.
We want a signature drink and my wife doesn't like Mint Juleps so we need something besides that. We would like to serve it in a punch bowl so we were thinking of something like planter's punch or lynchburg lemonade.
I'm just looking for some advice to tidy up the menu, this is going to be a serve yourself buffett type of dinner. Any other suggestions are welcome too.
"FRIED GREEN TOMATOES" for an hors d'oeuvre
Biscotti-encrusted fried green tomatoes with a goat cheese mousse, smoky-flavored corn salsa and a blackened poblano pepper and scallion-spiked cream. The tower of Southern/Mediterranean/Mexican ingredients melds into simple lip-smacking deliciousness. <GRIN>
Definitely need some slaw -
Fried Green Tomatos
A good Fruit pie
Sweet Tea - This is a must you can not get this anywhere but in the south
Mint Juleps - really anyhting with bourbon
For appetizers fried okra and hushpuppies are a must. Paula Dean has a great recipe for hushpuppies, and I like Alton Brown's recipe for fried okra.
Pecan Pie is a must for dessert, especially with Bourbon added to it :). I would also check out Paula Dean's books for dessert recipes. She has great Southern dessert recipes.
For drinks...What's a great Southern meal without Sweet Tea??? Lemonade is also a good idea. What's wrong with Mint Juleps? Your wife doesn't have to drink them, but I bet your other quests would appreciate them.
Also, I see cornbread, but no biscuits??? Gotta have biscuits.