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Vegetarian Dinner Party

Hey guys,

I am planning a dinner party for five this coming Monday. Two of my guests are vegetarians, so I would like to plan a vegetarian menu. So far I am set on making Eggplant Parm, but other than that, I am clueless. I might do some roasted asparagus as a side dish, but if I see something more inspiring, I would definitely like to try it. I guess I am looking for ideas for an appetizer and sides.
Dessert would be great too!
Please help! Thanks!

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  1. doodle~
    will your entire meal be vegetarian? if not - what else are you serving?

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    1. re: lollya

      I think that my entire meal will be vegetarian. That way, my vegetarian friends will not feel like they are missing out on something if I do make a meat dish.

    2. Olive tapenade and tomato bruschetta with toast points or crostini. Assortment of cheeses. It's spring, so a nice salad and add fresh berries and sunflower seeds.

      1. Are your vegetarian friends vegan?

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        1. re: morebubbles

          They eat cheese and dairy products, but one of them won't eat anything that uses broth from chicken or beef.

        2. Well if you're doing eggplant parm, is serving pasta on the side too obvious? It could be an almost-normal Italian meal. If you want to make something more involved, you could do a stuffed pasta, but I don't think it's really necessary - eggplant parm is a pretty heavy entree.

          Salad would be another obvious choice, but as an app, you could make Polpette di Lupo - fake "sneaky" meatballs made with bread crumbs instead of meat - which is an Italian antipasto item.

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          1. re: Adrienne

            I was thinking of a pasta side dish. but I don't know which one. Eggplant Parm is already a pretty heavy entree, so I was looking for something light. I don't think an alfredo based pasta would work too well with it. Maybe a pesto?

            1. re: doodle

              Agree, keep the sauce lighter; maybe a pomodoro?

              1. re: doodle

                If you're doing a pasta course, you could do a pesto or pomodoro, but if you're planning to put it right next to the parm, I would either just do olive oil (like what lollya said below) or I'd give the pasta the same sauce as the eggplant -- a second sauce may not go that well on the same plate, or could seem like it's competing with the parm sauce.

            2. if you are going by way of the eggplant parm - i would serve up with a light tossed olive oil/tomato dressed pasta with fresh shaved pecorino, and a big beautiful salad with tomatoes, black olives, pepperocini, a vinaigrette and shaved parm or pec. a trifled tiramisu would be easy and delicious.