party menu help
Having a casual birthday party for a child- need to have adult & kid friendly food (30people), nothing fancy. It would be really nice to have room temp foods too! Suggestions please. Also, I was thinking about a tray of mini sandwiches or wraps- suggestions for fillings would be great!
What about buying a package of giant flour tortillas (or even better lavash bread if you can get it) and making little pinwheel sandwiches. Spread a fine, thin layer of mayo all over the flatbread, add a layer of thinly sliced turkey, a layer of thinly sliced havarti, a layer of lettuce (whole leaf, not chopped or shredded) and a layer of paper thin sliced tomatoes. The key is that the layers have to be thin and, more importantly, pliable and it's also important to cover most of the surface of the flatbread...leave a small border around so that you don't have things sticking out of the roll up when you're done. Roll the whole thing fairly tightly and wrap securely with some plastic wrap and stick in the fridge until ready to serve...it's a bit like an uncut maki roll at this point. As you're about to make your sandwich platter, cut the roll into discs about an inch to an inch and a half tall (use the uneven ends as garnish, or a cook's treat, or toss 'em), I wouldn't suggest cutting on angle because the pinwheel is more likely to fall to bits.
I buy a large focaccia loaf from TJ's and slice in half for the sandwich bread... fille with pesto, grilled chicken, lettuce and havarti cheese. Put the top on and slice into large triangles... I have also filled it with grilled zucchine, bell pepper, onion, eggplant with feta cheese and balsamic vinegar... It is easy to do ahead, wrap in syran, and when ready to serve, slice and plate. I like the idea of the PBJ cut out with cookie cutters
You can make this dip the day before and refrigerate. Put in the bread just before baking. Both kids and adults always like it.
GATHER ROUND BREAD DIP
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups sour cream
1 large jar dried beef
8 green onions, chopped
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp garlic salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 large round loaf uncut bread
Cut hole in center of bread, save the top of the bread, and pull out the bread from the center. Tear dried beef into small pieces and mix with the other ingredients. Fill the loaf of bread with this mixture and put the top back on. Wrap in foil tightly and bake in a 300 degree preheated oven for 1 hour. Roll back foil. Sprinkle parsley on hot dip. Good served with crisp bagel chips.
I made little open faced roast beef sandwiches on mini pumpernickel recently, with caramelized onions and swiss cheese melted on top. Easy and delicious in each bite. They were a big hit. You could do many variations on this theme.
My family often makes "party sandwiches". Buy loaves of bread and ask the bakery (counter at the supermarket) to slice them lengthwise. Then take a slice, spread it with your filling (tuna, egg, etc.). On the tuna, you could put gherkins in the middle, on the egg, red pepper, etc. and then roll them up in wax paper tightly. Refrigerate for a day and then take out and slice and display for eating on a platter when near ready to serve.
Another good sandwich idea is muffalettas - Calabrese bread, sliced horizontally so there are 3 levels. Spread with cold meats, roasted pepper, cheese, sun dried tomato spread, pesto, tapponade, etc. on the different levels. Wrap and let compress in the fridge for several hours or the day before. Then slice wedges and secure with toothpicks.
For dessert would recommend doing cupcakes -- easier to serve and neater than cake. Big bowl of washed strawberries tends to go over well too. Watermellon slices.
For main -- Sandwiches a great and convenient idea -- few other thoughts --
- devilled eggs (haven't attempted myself but wish people would serve more)
- muffin-tin quiches (got some great tips on easy ways to make in earlier post -- can post thread if you're interested)
- fried of BBQ drumsticks
- for grown-ups a salad with chicken, goat cheese, currents and toasted walnuts w/lime and olive oil dressing
- cut up carrots and celery
- bagals and different flavored cream cheese spreads
- juice/water for kids
- coffee for grown-ups
re: bite bite
Love the deviled egg idea, I make them all the time for family brunch meals- but at a party/leaving them out, I'd worry they would tend to get funky on top (like a dryish look), I sometimes see on egg salad in a case at stores- is there a way to prevent that? .....Or just hope they get eaten quickly!
My mom used to put a plate of them on top of a bowl filled with ice -- but they got eaten so quickly probably wasn't necessary. In any event -- not sure this would help with the dryish look issue. Maybe misting with water? That's what they do with fish at stores -- but probably too much bother and kind of werd for a party...
You might consider cutting the mini sandwiches into shapes with cookie cutters - fussy, but the kids would like it.
Sandwich filling suggestions: PB and Banana, Pimento Cheese, Ham and Cheese, Egg Salad, Tuna Salad
Wrap Filling suggestions: Spread with cream cheese and then layer with lunch meat and some plain veggies (lettuce, chopped tomatoes)
You might also consider:
Mini pizzas - they serve well at room temp and everyone loves them
A Taco or Nacho Bar - a little messy, but fun