Tex Mex backyard birthday cookout
I'm hosting a surprise party with about 20 attending. I'm praying for good weather. ;)
I'm trying to keep a number of things in mind:
-The birthday boy is an adventurous eater (as are most of the guests)
-There are a handful of vegetarians
-I want to set out make-ahead snacks/apps throughout the evening
-I want just enough to grill that evening so that the grilling chef can enjoy socializing by the fire. Nothing too complicated time or consuming.
black bean salad (red pepper, onion, cilantro)
brie, papaya & onion quesadillas
shrimp & lime mini tostadas
grilled corn with cheese and lime
chili lime marinated chicken, beef, and mixed pepper skewers
ice cold beer
pitchers of margarita
Am I missing anything? Sound appealing? I'll have a day and half to myself to put it all together. I want to make sure the veggie folks and picky eaters will all find something to enjoy. Thank you!
Sounds like a well-thought-out menu that will appeal to all. My 2 cents - always love a good guac that has some anejo tequila added.
Me too! would just have bowls of limes around for the beer and extra squeezes for the bbq and corn, maybe some of that mojo seasoning (or make your own-love that stuff) in cute shakers, have more than one so everyone has access. You have done a wonderful job planning a very lovely menu. Your guest will leave very happy, but what's for dessert?
A coffee flan? Something you can set out, and let them dig into?
We really like this idea when we camp or cook-out. Split some jalepenos down one side and scoop out seeds, stuff with cream cheese mixed with southwest seasoning, wrap in bacon and attach with toothpick and grill. Omit the bacon and brush with a little oil for the vegetarians. You can sprinkle more seasoning on either for a little more kick.