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Holiday Cocktail Party - Ham or Tenderloin

sillysully Nov 30, 2007 06:31 AM

Which would you prefer to serve alongside several app's (spanikopita, shrimp ctail, salami crisps, mini crabcakes, spicy nuts, parm. walnut salad in endive, etc. etc.) beef tenderloin sliced thinly w/horseradish cream or something similar, or spiral sliced ham w/mustards, chutney - both with small rolls? I am going for elegant, so I was leaning toward tenderloin, but ham just tastes yummy even after sitting on buffet for a few hours! TIA for your opinions.

  1. stellamystar Nov 30, 2007 01:19 PM

    Yes, your apps seem upscale. When I think ham (which I LOVE), I would gear toward potato/creamy apps, rolls, cheeses.
    The tenderloin goes better with the the other. Plus, everyone loves tenderloin. You could two smaller pieces of meat and have both

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    1. re: stellamystar
      sillysully Dec 2, 2007 08:33 AM

      Thanks! I decided tenderloin and I'll make a fondue w/bread and chunks of ham for dipping. Another quick question - should I make the tenderloin and slice in advance, or finish roasting and slice during party? Obviously earlier is easier, but will it taste "almost" as good? Also, are potato rolls something I can purchase at market or must they be homemade? I am not a good baker, so I need store bought ideas. I have TJs locally; they probably have something, yes? THX

      1. re: sillysully
        danhole Dec 2, 2007 09:34 AM

        You can get potato rolls just about anywhere. Look for Orowheat, or other name brands, maybe even in-store bakeries have them - many do.

        I don't think it would hurt to have it pre-sliced and served at room temperature.

        1. re: sillysully
          stellamystar Dec 2, 2007 11:38 AM

          room temp is fine for tenderloin.
          Party sounds yummy!

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        rumple Nov 30, 2007 07:31 AM

        If you are going for elegant, I would make the tenderloin. Since you already have salty spicey things, the tenderloin will be more neutral.

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        1. re: rumple
          danhole Nov 30, 2007 11:56 AM

          I agree that tenderloin would be more complementary to your menu. And yes, small rolls along side. Potato rolls would be tasty.

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