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Holiday Cocktail Party - Ham or Tenderloin

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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.

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  1. 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

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

    2. 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

        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

          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

            room temp is fine for tenderloin.
            Party sounds yummy!