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Oct 30, 2009 09:38 PM

Your Best Italian Inspired Dishes

A car club has contacted me to cater their Christmas Dinner this year and have requested the dishes be Italian. It's going to be buffet, but don't want to give them the ordinary chicken parm, etc. I have a list of some things that would work well but am always open to new ideas. What are some of your favorite Italian dishes? Looking for the wow! factor :-)

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  1. Are You cooking for 10 or 100? What's your budget? Are you looking for sea foods, meats or antipasti.....

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    1. re: fourunder

      Cost is not a factor and the final number of guests have not been pinned down yet, as of now it's about 30. But I'm really interested in out of the ordinary dishes and not so much the basic antipasti, lasagna, etc.

      1. re: Cherylptw

        Well, in that case then, I like JEN's idea below of Braciole and Roasted Tomato with White Beans....however I would include the addition of Shrimp with the tomatoes and beans.


        Individual Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Roasted Red Pepper, Fresh, Mozzarella & Basil

        Blood Orange Salad with Red Onions, Mesculin, Arugula or Frisee

        Roasted/Grilled Seasonal Vegetables Antipasti

        Mini-sized ....Traditional Arancini or Vegetarian Stuffed

        Assorted Italian Cheese Platter with Fresh Figs and Nuts or as a Grilled Appetizer/Salad

        Grilled/ Roasted Asparagus with Shaved Parmigiano Regiano

        Slow Roasted Plum Tomatoes with Basil....with or without Fresh Mozzarella

        Warm Seafood Salad...Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Mussels, Calamari, Scungilli

        Roasted Veal Loin (Sliced Thin) with Tuna Aioli.......pork loin/tenderloin may be substituted

        Braised Pork Shoulder with Onions

        Roasted Suckling Pig

        Braised Short Ribs over Creamy Polenta with Parmigiano Reggiano

        Grilled Steak Florentine or Tuscan Style

        Olive Oil Poached Tuna or Swordfish Loin with Capers and Olives.

        Whole Roasted Fish (Snapper, Salmon, Bluefish)

        Universal Sauce/Topping made with Olives and Tomatoes for any of the above items

        Porcini Polenta

        1. re: fourunder

          Blood orange salad sounds outstanding, as well as the braised short ribs with polenta (thats one of my fav's to make), I was thinking of a lobster salad as well, at Easter I always like to make an platter of grilled veg and cheeses with some awesome bread. FOURUNDER, you had some great suggestions!!

    2. pizza rustica, roasted red bell peppers with garlic and basil, marinated in EVOO and balsamic, butternut squash lasagne, braciole, panzanella, roasted tomato and white bean salad, rosated eggplant, roasted shrimp and orzo salad, cioppino,stuffed rice fritters, manicotti.

      1. Italian oysters nothing but oysters and some breadcrumb binding, artichoke slice, oil/butter, usual garlic and eye-talian seasoning. Bake it and away you go...should be plenty of variations on line.

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        1. re: hazelhurst

          As the grandson of a Sicilian living in Brooklyn in the 50's in a Sicilian neighborhood(not a touristy"Little Italy") .We ate some foods you do not find in the restaurants today cappozella ,cuscisu with fave beans,Pasta cu le sardi and much more.Left over and fried (in olive oil) macaroni never made it to the pizza joints and how I wish that it would have.whole baked fish as well as fish soups.have also been eliminated from the Ita/american kitchen

        2. Would you like also recipes for biscuits? I've baked a delicious, i cantuccini (do you know it?) for dunking in sweet wine.