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Can anyone think of a list of round/circular foods?

Hello! Our dinner group meets once a month and my cohost and I are considering doing the theme of round foods. We need to think of a few apps, 2 entrees and a few desserts. Food is generally interesting and special occasion/ethnic food is encouraged.

I have already thought of scallops over couscous for an entree and an angel food cake with blueberry sauce for dessert (there are a few diabetics in the group so we were going to use sugar substitute and bake the cake in a bundt pan).

Can anyone think of other ideas? Vegetarian options are always encouraged.


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  1. Pizzaili's (sp?) another great dessert that's low cal.
    Melba rounds with slice of cuke and salmon mousse on top for an app. (or anything on top)
    A nice pork loin sliced in disc's. on polenta rounds.

    Also make a nice round salad, crabmeat would go nice with your scallops. See one version of what I mean:

    Or you could go with mediterrain salad tower with tomato, sliced motz and sliced onion

    Have fun!

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    1. re: lexpatti

      Highball glasses for the drinks.

      Mini pizzas. A round bread hollowed out with a dip inside. Mini bagels with any number of toppings.

      Fancy sliders.

      Cookies. An ice cream bombe. Pie.

    2. dip in a round bread "bowl"
      eggplant....the globes
      zucchini & yellow squash
      acorn squash, sliced in rounds
      grilled round radicchio, halved
      grilled portobello caps
      stuffed tomatoes

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      1. re: Gio

        some kind of salad with roasted beets and hearts of palm?

      2. deviled eggs
        mini bagels
        there are so many options!!!

        Oh, I don't think you can make an angel food cake in a bundt pan, it won't come out. You need an angel food cake / sponge cake pan. The kind where the bottom detatches.

        1. Well, you should have lots of options, half the food world is round, or so it seems.

          - Ravioli's - deep fried with a dipping sauce for an app. Also, can be cooked, cooled and served at room temp with a basic salsa as an app. Jumbo ravolis with - your choice of filling if you make your own - with sauce.

          - Eggplants are round if you cut them crosswise, not length wise. Eggplant parmesan for an etnree.

          - Zucchini are round too, so you could do a zucchini lasagna. Or take lasgna noodles, lay them out flat, put some filling in, roll up, put in your baking dish, cover with sauce and cheese and bake.

          - Brushetta for an app, makes use of round baugettes and round tomatoes

          - Potatoes are round if cut crosswise, you can do tons of things with them.

          - Use various widths of PVC piping to construct composed salads or side dishes by layering ingredients into the PVC piping and then removing the mold. The end result will be a prefectly round finished dish. Look into Peruvian causas, they're extremely versatile and make a great appetizer if made small or a nice entree if made with wider piping.

          - Beef tenderloin is round, do a classic by wrapping pieces of tenderloin in bacon, and then saute and finish in the oven, sauce of your choice.

          - Pork tenderloin is round too and very versatile in preparation styles

          - Depending upon your group, eels are round

          - Carrots are round, slice and finish however your want

          - Beets are round and there are probably a gazillion recipes and variations for the ubiquitous beet & goat cheese salad

          - Tortillas are round, do quesadillas, or tacos or taquitos/rolled tacos for appetizers

          Think about using agave nectar as a sugar substitute (directions for substituting for sugar are on the package). Many diabetics can tolerate agave nectar. It also makes a pretty decent substitute for simple sugar in cocktails.

          1. Pork Tenderloin cut into slices and pan-sauteed with slices of apple on top.

            Grilled tomatoes and portobello mushroom caps

            And everything DiningDiva said. :-)

            1. A round of brie with the blueberry sauce, or some other sauce, would be a good dessert. Or any other round cheese would do as well. You could slice strawberries to serve along side with the cheese.

              1. MEATBALLS!!!

                How could any of us forget to mention meatballs. Talk about versatile, you can make them with any meat or combination of meats, sauces and sizes. Make them small for appetizers or large for entrees. From Swedish meatballs to albondigas you can't go wrong with a meatball.

                1. a few ideas:

                  mini felafal balls with tahini-yogurt dip as an appetizer
                  chinese "lion's head" meatballs as an entree (after diningdiva's meatball idea)
                  rounds of bread of all sorts (from mantou to pita to those donut shaped greek breads)
                  caprese salad that includes cherry tomatoes and small mozzarella spheres
                  gulab jamun or any matter of indian desserts involving spheres of cake-like things in syrup
                  small, round scoops of sorbet or ice cream or melons

                  1. Round shaped ravioli! You can make both meat or vegetarian version (such as ricotta cheese, spinach, or muchroom, etc.)

                    You can also use a mold to make poached / fried eggs and put them on top of vegetables or potatoes or hash.

                    You can make cupcake / cream cheese "lollipops" (you can find it at Martha Stewart 's website)

                    Mini fruit tarts or clafoutis. Or even mochi ice-cream

                    1. Quesadillas
                      Pizza is round, and round pepperoni or sausage slices would add to it.
                      Swiss cheese has round holes in it.
                      Cupcakes. Donuts are round with round holes.
                      If you have potatoes, of course they'll have to be spiral sliced.
                      Eggplant parmesiagn
                      Marshmallows on or in round jello molds
                      Pie. Mmmm, pie.

                      1. Arancini, Italian rice balls will little bits of goodies inside (cheese, meat, veggies), dredged in bread crumbs and fried, with a tangy tomato-based dipping sauce of some sort.

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                        1. There's a 2007 thread called "balls!" with more than 170 replies. If I knew how to do a link, I would.

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                          1. Crab cakes, frittata and quiche (might be too brunchie for dinner), stuffed portabella caps, my special deep fried risotto balls (day-old sticky cold refridgerated risotto, any kind, roll like meatballs, roll in flour, dip in beaten egg, roll in seasoned or plain bread crumbs, deep fry with veg oil till golden brown), soup (round bowl), and, if you have cheese/crackers/whatever laying out while people arrive, skewered small ball of fresh mozzerella, cherry tomato, and a basil leaf, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic. Also melon balls, sorbet scooped in balls, homeade ice-cream sandwiches.

                            1. You can do so much with the pancake family. Regular pancakes, blinis & blintzes, potato pancakes & latkes...
                              Or how about tortellini?

                              1. Brilliant ideas! I am keeping note of all of them and will report to my cohost. Please keep thm coming!

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                                1. re: Main Line Tracey

                                  you'll have to let us know what you did, pics would be awesome - have fun

                                2. I'll add bisteeya. A wonky round, but reasonably so. And delicious


                                  1. Quiche
                                    round crackers with cheese cut into rounds
                                    cucumber slices
                                    sandwich bread cut into rounds
                                    melon balls

                                    1. Just to play, but here's a Korean-inflected list:

                                      Bindaedduk (fried mung bean pancakes)
                                      Cucumber or radish kimchee (cut into rounds)
                                      Hobak-jun (fried Korean squash or zucchini slices in egg batter)
                                      Gyeran-jjim (steamed egg custard in a round casserole dish or clay pot)
                                      Round bowls of rice and soup (I realize I'm stretching it here)

                                      1. For what it’s worth, here are a few in each category that pop to mind:

                                        SPHERICAL FOOD
                                        Pearl onions
                                        Turnips (well, sort of round anyway)
                                        cherry tomatoes
                                        grape tomatoes
                                        cous cous
                                        globe eggplant
                                        whole oranges
                                        whole grapefruit
                                        some watermelons
                                        some grapes

                                        DISK SHAPED FOOD
                                        Sliced carrots
                                        Sliced onions, green, white, yellow, red
                                        Sliced chiles
                                        Sliced okra
                                        Artichoke hearts
                                        Pasta wheels
                                        Sliced lemons
                                        Sliced oranges
                                        Sliced grapefruit
                                        Sliced watermelon
                                        Sliced cantaloup
                                        Sliced melons of all types
                                        Sliced kiwi
                                        Sliced eggplant
                                        Sliced squashes
                                        sliced cucumbers (usually)
                                        Cream puffs
                                        pita bread
                                        Any kind of food you form into a disk to cook or serve

                                        But I would add that I don’t think “round food” is an easy theme to execute with great success. The primary problem is that when everything is the same shape it gets visually boring. The second, and possibly more important problem, is that that if you truly do restrict yourself to using round or disk shaped food, you will likely end up thinking more about the shape of the ingredients going into the food and not enough about what the end-dish tastes like. But hey, I could be totally wrong… Maybe abalone waffles with a cherry taco for dessert would be great! ‘-)

                                        1. Great dinner party theme!

                                          If you have a salumeria or a Trader Joe's near you that sells the pre-made polenta in a tube (to be cut into one inch thick circles) they have a tasty sounding recipe on their site at http://www.traderjoesfan.com/Trader_J... . It is for polenta with a vodka, pancetta, Italian Sausage and pepper sauce, maybe a good heavy appetizer?

                                          1. Chicken (or Ham, or whatever strikes your fancy) Croquettes.

                                            1. For dessert:
                                              - those little round dippin dot ice cream thingies they now sell in the grocery store
                                              - small scoops of fruit sorbet or gelato
                                              -small round tarts, like mini key lime tarts

                                              1. most of my ideas are already listed, so i'll just add few that i didn't see yet [sorry if i'm repeating anything], and some of my ideas are somewhat oval or oblong, but still spherical so they might count!

                                                frittata prepared in a round pan [obviously] - once it's cooked, you could even use a cookie cutter or small ring mold to cut out frittata "rounds."
                                                salmon pinwheels
                                                chicken roulades
                                                roasted cipollini onions
                                                stuffed or prosciutto-wrapped dates or figs
                                                stuffed cherry peppers
                                                onion rings
                                                calamari rings
                                                hand-rolled confections - truffles, rum balls, etc.
                                                jelly roll cake
                                                mini shortcakes or napoleons - cut out rounds of puff pastry
                                                oh, and something with concord grapes!

                                                1. gasp! i can't believe i forgot maki (sushi rolls), earlier! sliced, of course, and filled with julienned carrots, cucumber, omelette or whatever else you want.

                                                  1. Tostadas! They're interactive, customizable, and encourage socializing.

                                                    1. I won't bother trying to repeat other suggestions, as there are so many great ones here already!

                                                      You can also do a recipe that gets stacked and baked in a metal ring to create the cylindrical shape (round as a cross section). Here's an example:

                                                      You could also do empanadas in a round shape, or even quesadillas but don't cut up the tortillas into wedes (do it with mini tortillas!


                                                      If an asian theme were in, Mushu pancakes and Bao

                                                      For dessert...
                                                      Floating Islands
                                                      Fried Pastry Rings http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
                                                      Cake Balls - the recipes that mix frosting with cake crumbs, form into balls, chill and dip in chocolate or other topping

                                                      1. You can always bake quiches or tarts in round cookie cutters! Or make anything in creme brulee ramekins.

                                                        1. Calf fries or testicles, if cut the right way.

                                                          1. check out the Hundred Corner Shrimp Balls recipe at epicurious.com

                                                            apps are easy.

                                                            if you were looking for a vegetarian main, you COULD try a melon baller or cookie cutter on tofu, and make a curry along with things such as those little round carrots, pearl onions, whole water chestnuts or some sort.

                                                            ALSO for a vegetarian main that is round: Chana Masala.

                                                            For deserts, Tangyuan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tangyuan

                                                            or apple dumplings, fried ice cream ( do minis ! ), truffles