What else to serve with stuffed shells?
I am having 7 people over for dinner on Saturday, along with our 4....6 adults, the rest kids between 8 and 14. 2 vegetarians.
I am unfortunately attending a funeral Saturday earlier in the day, so I"m thinking of stuff I can prepare ahead of time, and pop in the oven (or wherever)
So I was thinking making stuffed shells or a lasagne (made a GREAT one 2 weeks ago from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone...Swiss Chard and Eggplant lasagne)
But what else to go with it? Since we have carnivores too, I figure a bit of variety would be good so there's something for everyone.
Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I will have time to shop and prep on Friday, and also Sat morning.
I'd keep to the Italian theme and do meatballs or sausage in red sauce. That way, you can put it in a crock pot earlier, or just reheat stovetop or in the oven after you're back home. That, salad, and bread sounds like a good spread, If you want soething ahead of time, it's easy enough to do an antipasti type tray with cheese, olives, good salami, etc.
I had 8 adults and 6 kids 2 days after Christmas ( and one day after having had 8 adults and 10 kids) so I was all about easy food. I did stuffed shells for the vegetarian, which were also a hit for the kids. In addition to salad & bread, I did a big pot of taco soup (more of a chili, really, than a soup) that was a huge hit with the carnivores. That way it was easy enough for me to throw together, and something for everyone. FIL even topped the taco soup with stuffed shells, although that was a little much for me!
I think both sound great and don't think you need anything with meat (I'm assuming the carnivores are really omnivores and eat more than just meat;-)). I'd probably just add good bread and a salad. If you really wanted something meat-based, you could do two, one w/ meat, one w/out. Or, if you have your heart set on a meat dish, you could do chicken marsala ahead of time and then just bake it.