Dish to make a day ahead..no dairy
I'm having a little dinner party this coming week. I will be working all day and will only have about an hour to get everything ready for dinner when I come home.
I already have some appetizers...assortment of olives, peppers and bruschetta w/cannellini beans.
so far for dinner I'll be doing a quick chicken marsala, some roasted asparagus, maybe a penne w/pesto and peas...
can you please recommend a dish I can prepare the night before and stick in the fridge and just heat the night of??? just one catch, it has to be dairy free.
thanks so much
re: Old Spice
yes, in addition...oops, I almost forgot..I'm making a potato chip crusted salmon as well. is this enough food? I'm always worried I don't have enough.
should I forgot the penne and make a dish the night before and stick it in the oven???
also, it'll be the first time I'm entertaining this particular group of people so I do want to impress. I always seem to blank out.
perhaps a salad... garbanzos, lettuce, tomatoes, basil, olives... could offer grated mozzarella for those who could have it?
or a simple minestrone
if you don't do penne, you could do orzo
i know you've got bruschetta, but you could also do a flatbread - not quite with your theme (and mine uses cheese), but one i made for a bbq tomorrow - i took dough, stretched to a long rectangle pressed in halved red grapes, sprinkled with sea salt and rosemary, then baked for 6 minutes, sprinkled on blue cheese and baked again for 2 minutes at 450; once out of the oven i drizzled on honey and sprinkled with chopped chives ... i may add a few chopped pistachios tomorrow. you could do a similar foccacia with rosemary and garlic, and of course cheeseless
I like salsalisa's ideas of the added starches, although you do have a potato-chip crusted salmon.
The orzo or a nice rice pilaf can be made ahead and reheated gently in a strainer over a simmering pot of water.
Or perhaps a great green salad, since you have a pasta on the menu. One with lots of gorgeous greens and really fresh veggies. Just place your washed lettuces in a large, metal (if you have it) bowl covered with and lined with paper towels. Or, to save room, just wrap the greens in paper towels and store in a ziploc-type baggy. Toss salad with other vegs of choice when ready to serve.
if you're looking for app stuff, i made a ridiculously easy dairy free app using dairy free sour cream - salami crisps - bake slices of salami til crisp then dollop with sour cream and sprinkle with chives
do a watermelon, tomato, basil, red onion, and balsamic/olive oil salad --- was loved today at my party - can give proportions if interested