Caribbean Christmas Cocktail Party, Ideas?
I am enthralled with the idea of a caribbean christmas cocktail party. Can't you hear the reggae christmas songs now???
I am looking for menu ideas/drink ideas
I was thinking a Shrimp marinade or ceviche
Maybe a jerk slow cooker dish with rolls (this would be more substantial)
I know I am involving Malibu Rum somehow.
I will need make ahead appetizers so anyone have ideas?
Great idea -- I absolutely love food from the Caribbean.
I think Jerk Chicken skewers are a great idea, and so is ceviche. Conch fritters?
How about baking or frying some coconut shrimp. Mix some flour, beer, cream of coconut and coconut cream and dip the shrimp in that batter and then fry or bake them. Serve them with a dipping sauce, maybe with hot pepper or a banana "ketchup."
You could serve individual spoons or shot glasses filled with a tropical gazpacho or a Caribbean-spiced pumpkin soup.
For dessert, maybe a rum cake . . . I've always been a fan of the Tortuga brand and that might be a nice one to re-create.
You could also do a banana bread pudding for dessert. Saute some bananas, butter, rum and brown sugar, mix with brioche and milk/eggs and top with a thickened rum sauce.
As for drinks, every year I host a bbq where I make a version of rum punch that is always a hit. I make enough for about 50 people, so I couldn't tell you exact measurements. I merely mix to taste using dark and/or spiced rum, orange and grapefruit juices, passion fruit syrup or juice, sometimes an addition of a mixed tropical fruit juice, grenadine, and then just before serving, I sprinkle with nutmeg. I love it.
All great ideas so far. Here's a few more.
Cocktail size jamaican patties (if you are in Metro NYC, these can be purchased frozen at a patty shop and baked later).
Coconut Bread/Coconut Tarts etc
Curried chicken, shrimp or beef
Rice & peas
stewed chicken or beef
jerk chicken wings/fish fingers
fried fish using caribbean spices
johnnie cakes or bakes
Non-alcoholic Drinks: ginger beer, sorrell, mauby, sour sop
Alcoholic: pina coladas, daiquiris & combos (like Miami Vice, Kiss on the Lips etc), rum & juice combos (like Caribbean Breeze, sex on the beach, mojitos).
Too many ideas to list really--look at the Culinaria Caribbean cookbook if you can find it at a library (its out of print).
rum & liquor punches like planter's punch & hurricanes are fun but super strong, you want to have some weaker mixed cocktails too.
i love this caribbean cookbook by jessica b. harris
and i think it would be great to have a big ol' pot of callaloo somewhere, but might not fit in with a small-bites cocktail party.
Jamaican beef patties
Ham and cheese croquetas
Mini Cuban sandwiches
Pernil tea sandwiches
Jerk chicken/pork skewers (which should be roasted, not made in the slow-cooker)
Yellow rice cakes with ropa vieja, chicken or black beans
For a drink, you might try coquito: a sort of coconut rum eggnog.
I am from the Dominican Republic and we always have:
beef filled empanadas
pasteles (like Mexican tamales but made with plantains and wrapped in plantain leaves)
quipes (football shaped croquettes made with ground beef and bulgur wheat)
always a roast pork
We also drink a version of coquito.
There is a great website devoted to Domincan Cooking that has lots of great recipes
The filling is essentially a good PICADILLO recipe (I use/doctor up the recipe from a book called a TASTE OF CUBA, and yes, raisins are a MUST). And I've made baked empanadas using the premade disks. They were good baked, but would have been better fried. If you want to bake the empanada using a premade dough, just get pillsbury dough and cut the disk shape yourself.
We've made two different Caribbean cocktails: Coquito (from Puerto Rico) and Ponche de Crema (from Trinidad). Both are yummy. Here's the basics that we do:
COQUITO: 2 egg yolks, 1 12-oz can evaporated milk, 1 14-oz can cream of coconut, 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk, 1 1/2 c white rum, 1/2 c water, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla -- in a double boiler combine egg yolks and evaporated milk and heat slowly until it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon; transfer to a blender and add all other ingredients; pour into a glass bottle and chill overnight.
PONCHE DE CREMA: 6 eggs, 4 c whole milk, 1 c sugar, 3 c white rum, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 tsp Angostura bitters, lime zest for garnish, freshly grated nutmeg for garnish -- in saucepan over very low heat cook milk for about 7 minutes, stirring; add eggs & sugar and keep cooking, stirring constantly and don't let it boil; remove from heat and let cool; stir in rum, vanilla and bitters; refrigerate until ready to serve; pour into glasses and garnish with lime zest and grated nutmeg.
Have a great party!
I'm grossed out by flavored rums, so my cocktail suggestion might not be the one for you
Punch Coco is the French Caribbean answer to egg nog. White rhum agricole, coconut milk (or is it coco creme?) and cane sugar syrup. Serve over crushed ice -- it's a knock out.
You can google the particulars.