Theme Party Ideas: Theme: Black & Tan
We're hosting a party with a theme of Black & Tan. The theme will apply to the decor, dress and of course food. So, here's my question...what foods do you think fall into this category? I've come up with a few so far....squid ink pasta, hummus with black chips, black bean soup. Thoughts & ideas appreciated.
Black pudding/blood sausages, forbidden or wild rice, dark chocolate drops or squares topped by a nut butter or drizzle of butterscotch or over toffee, oatmeal raisin cookies, dark chocolate Petit Ecolier cookies, mind erasers (kahlua+soda water), anything blackened or made with mushrooms...
I think this is available all over- there is a chocolate peanut butter dessert by Jello brand that usually is stocked in grocery stores near the cake mixes, It ends up looking like a layered peanut butter (tan) and chocolate (black) loaf. Never made it myself and it probably is not that great tasting since its from a box, but it fits the theme.
There are some cheeses that have a black wax coating which would look great cut into wedges, and I think I've seen some goat cheeses rolled in black peppercorns. You could make a cheese platter with dark plums and Concord grapes (if you can find them).
Oven-fried potatoes with coarse black pepper.
There's Russian black bread, which is really dark brown but darker than rye due to the inclusion of cocoa powder and coffee. Would make great little Reuben sandwiches. But you'd have to call the coleslaw the tan.
Eggplant aren't really even purple, but they often look black to me. Maybe little stacks of eggplant parmesan sandwiches.
Black Sesame ice cream.
Salad with Japanese black sesame vinaigrette (available in Japanese grocery store)
Black pepper crusted beef fillets / Blackened catfish fillets / salmon etc, etc. You can also sue black sesame crust instead of black pepper (black sesame crusted tuna steak, for instance)
Mussels? (the shells are close to black)
Roasted whole Black bass (with skin, of course)
For tan, may be mushroom anything? (mushroom cream soup, pasta, etc.); Gravy on something.
black lentil and garbanzo salad
peanut butter cups (tho really tan and brown...)
devil's food cupcakes with a butterscotch frosting
black pepper chicken
black grapes, blackberries and cheese plate
toasted nori with a chop of seared albacore on top
black lentils toasted with seared scallops (that have been coated in tan crumbs?)
For desserts, Meringue "Mushrooms"... cap and stem (piped through a pastry bag) of mushroom made by meringue , attached by melted chocolate and sprinkled with cocoa...
Dark chocolate pastry shells (available at local markets or online) filled with fresh vanilla bean-infused home-made whipped cream and garnished with a half of strawberry and/or a chocolate "curl".
Alternating Vanilla and Chocolate custard/pudding layered in pretty, tall, cocktail glasses...garnished with curls of chocolate peeled with a veggie peeler.
I baked a black and tan pie last year. Blindbake a single pie crust, fill with caramel pudding on the bottom, top with dark chocolate french silk pie filling, then broiled meringue for the faux head of foam. Any light brown-colored filling can be put in the bottom, like peanut butter mousse, dulce de leche custard, butterscotch...
spicy garabanzo bean soup with sour dough olive bread - I've made this many times its very good..
little sandwiches with black russian bread and pastrami
butterscotch puddings with dark chocolate chips
or a dark chocolate crust pie crust with carmel ice cream, freeze it then slice
and I have a recipe from epicurious for mousse like dessert that is half dark chocholate and peanut butter, actually was their cover photo many years ago.