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Hosting a 'Backwards' dinner party-need help with ideas

Funkypants Jan 9, 2007 07:33 PM


My girlfriends and I regularly host themed dinner parties. I am hosting the next one and it is going to be a 'backwards' dinner party. Desert first, then main course, salad then appies. I need some idea for backwards, upside down, inside out items to serve. So far i have only thought of an upside down cake, or reverse chicken cordon bleu. I am sure there are some great ideas out there so please send them my way!!

Thanks so much!

  1. orangewasabi Jan 9, 2007 07:54 PM

    would a turduekn be appropriate for the theme?


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    1. re: orangewasabi
      Funkypants Jan 9, 2007 08:05 PM

      hahah, i just checked the turducken out. Excellent idea, but it looks very timely (ie. deboning a chicken, a duck and a turkey). It did make me think of perhaps cooking up a turkey breast and then surrounding it with stuffing though, which could be an easier alternative.

      1. re: Funkypants
        ChinoWayne Jan 9, 2007 08:08 PM

        I believe there are purveyors that you can order an already prepared (but not cooked) turducken from, why don't you try Googling it. Don't forget, you are paying for both a turkey, duck and chicken, pre-prepared, so it might cost a few bucks.

        1. re: ChinoWayne
          luv2bake Jan 9, 2007 08:33 PM

          You can get prepared, uncooked turduckens. Obviously, though, you have to make sure the majority like duck, etc.

          1. re: luv2bake
            Funkypants Jan 9, 2007 08:40 PM

            I have been reading up on the turducken and the cooking process can take as long as 15 hours...sheesh. I have found a local butcher that does sell them though. I am liking the idea of roasting a turkey breast and rolling it in stuffing. What would be some nice backwards side dishes?

            1. re: Funkypants
              The Dairy Queen Jan 9, 2007 08:44 PM

              Instead of mashed potatoes and gravy with your turkey, can you scoop out the potato, mash it, and put it AND the gravy back in the baked potato skin? So, it looks like a gravy-stuffed-baked potato?


              1. re: The Dairy Queen
                Funkypants Jan 9, 2007 08:47 PM

                Thats a great idea. Or even just making stuffed baked potatoes would work.

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      curiousbaker Jan 9, 2007 08:07 PM

      I think you should actually make a pineapple right-side-up cake.

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      1. re: Bostonbob3
        Funkypants Jan 9, 2007 08:29 PM

        That recipe looks great, may I ask what is a bomb mold?

        1. re: Funkypants
          momjamin Jan 9, 2007 08:31 PM

          It's spelled bombe mold if you want to google it. It's a mold for fancy ice cream desserts -- think bundt pan without the tube in the middle ;-)

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        momjamin Jan 9, 2007 08:07 PM

        Uramaki sushi -- the rice instead of nori is on the outside, and I think it literally means inside-out.

        Anything that's stuffed could be assembled more like a casserole -- reverse the layers of your lasagna, put the sauce inside your pasta shells and cover it all with a cheese mixture, roll the meat inside the stuffing, just thinking out loud, not sure how the execution would work...

        Upside down brownie sundae -- chocolate sauce on the dish, ice cream on top of that, with a brownie balancing on top...

        Shell some snow peas or similar beans where you eat the pod as well as the peas, and cook up both parts together, so that the peas are on the outside instead of the inside...

        1. ElsieDee Jan 9, 2007 08:11 PM

          Inside-out stuffed bell peppers (basically the rice/tomato/cheese/meat mixture in a caserole dish, with the bell peppers either diced and mixed in, or cut into strips and layered throughout).

          A finely chopped salad on large "croutons".

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            Obessed Jan 9, 2007 08:12 PM

            What a clever theme! I'm part of a monthly supper club and we're always looking for fun and different themes...I'm going to suggest this one!

            1. blue room Jan 9, 2007 09:16 PM

              If you're in America, Canada, UK (northern hemisphere is what I mean.) anything from the upside-down part of the world Australia, Argentina, South Africa etc. would fit--they are having summer now!
              Also, Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass might provide some inspiration.
              Make sure you tell everyone Goodbye when they arrive!

              1. AnneInMpls Jan 9, 2007 11:45 PM

                There's a sweet Turkish pudding that has chicken in it - maybe that would work for your dessert-first theme.

                I think it's called Tavuk Gogsu. I've never had it, but I found two recipes:



                Have a good time - it sounds like a great party!


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                  piccola Jan 9, 2007 11:57 PM

                  How about shepherd's pie with the potatoes on the bottom?

                  Or if you want to be fancy, make some gnudi - basically, unwrapped ravioli.

                  1. NovoCuisine Jan 10, 2007 12:01 AM

                    What a fun idea! Just thinking out loud...

                    Scallops stuffed with bacon?

                    Inside out finger sandwiches - bread in the middle, meats and/or cheeses on the outside?

                    Upside down creme brulee? Would they keep their shape when inverted? ;)

                    Some sort of deconstructed, stacked mini-taco using circular corn chips?

                    Inside out stuffed potatoes - parisien potatoes on the inside, then a thin layer of some sort of cheese spread, then top with a small dollop of sour cream and a bacon bit?

                    1. MsDiPesto Jan 10, 2007 08:58 PM

                      Serve dessert as the appetizer!!

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