Another Hanukkah party menu request
10 adults, 3 kids
Kosher home -- dairy meal, fish okay
One guest hates salmon
Certainly on the menu -- green salad, latkes, sour cream, applesauce, dessert (either a decorated cake or 2-3 types of cookies). We'll have wine/beer/sparkling water/milk.
So, what could the main dish be? Should there also be appetizers? Is anything else needed? Any ideas?
Truth? I wouldn't serve much else. When else do you get a chance to just gorge out on latkes? If anything, I'd add another salad or two - maybe a pasta salad and something else (Greek? Grainy? Tomato?). And add some fruit and definitely have a cake. That's it - just make sure you have lots of latkes.
Ruglach are a great dairy dessert often served on Hannukah, and way less scary than sufganiyot to make. Plus the kids can have fun concocting their own fillings.
Here's the recipe I love: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
As for a main, I'm inclined to agree with the first bunch of posters who suggested making latkes the main event.
I make all that plus tuna salad and maybe jello. Who eats jello except during the holiday season?
Instead of just one cake, I have been baking cookies and people love them. You can take one or two or ... who's counting? I make 2 or 3 kinds. It's a casual dessert and just perfect with a latke dinner.
I would add a grain salad- like quinoa or pasta and another veggie salad. Baby spinach with tomatoes and feta or arugula with fennel and parmesean are both good. If you really want to make a main dish, my aunt usually serves fresh tuna kabobs with a bunch of dipping sauces. The adults like it because it's tasty and the kids like it because it involves a stick and sauces for dipping.
Are you making or buying the applesauce? My friend's mother usually puts out a bunch of applesauces- regular, granny smith, blueberry, spicy.
Some side dish or appetizer ideas: Tabbouleh Salad, Hummus dip, Grape Leaves Stuffed With Rice (rice dolmades).