Tex-Mex Football Party
For Sunday night's football championship games, we're having some friends over for snacks and dinner. The first game starts at 3- so I'm expecting everyone around then. I'm going with a taco/tex-mex theme. Figured it was simple and the food could sit out for a while buffet style.
Any help with the menu would be appreciated. No cheese/dairy- has to be kosher.
Appetizers (will be on the table when guests arrive)
- hummus with veggies
- salsa with tortilla chips (all homemade)
* I need a good recipe for drummettes/wings- not fried. Something spicy and kind of tex mex...
* what else?? I know I need something else!!
- sliced grilled chicken
- sliced grilled steak
- sliced grilled portobellos
- brazilian black beans (mark bittman's recipe)
- sauteed peppers and onions
- shredded red cabbage and radish salad
*what else should I add? I know I need more veggies... but what?
- almond cake with cranberry sauce (from smitten kitchen)
- something else??
I've gotten a good reaction when I've served Bittman's Papaya Salsa to guests. Not a dipping salsa, more of a salad. Can be served as an appetizer or a side w/dinner. It is Mexican, in origin.
Also. a salad of cooked carrots & beets, both diced, corn & thinly sliced red onion, dressed w/Oil, lime juice, cilantro & a dash of chili powder.
I made curry-lime wings once that were absolutely amazing. The coating was basically melted butter, lime juice, curry paste, and mint. I don't see why you couldn't swing that tex-mex, with say, lime-chili sauce-cayenne-cilantro-melted butter. Or something like that.
bake. The initial recipe called for seasoning with s&p and baking them, then mixing with the sauce. I did that the first time and thought the meat needed more flavor. The second time I basted them with a little of the sauce before baking, then tossed with the sauce after and they were great!
If you are looking for kosher, I would be seriously concerned about you purchasing tamales as they are traditionally made with lard - ie, rendered pork fat. You could find them made ***otherwise, but if you're not absolutely certain, I would think you would want to steer clear.
Where are you from? I see Tex-Mex in the title and then see items such as HUMMUS and CABBAGE, ALMOND CAKE etc on the menu. With all due respect, kind of looks like pot-luck to me. ;) Salsa, chip and guac do not a Tex-Mex feast make.
I recently sent this to a friend concerning a very casually served Mexican Pile-On:
Taco seasoned ground beef
Both sliced and chopped tomatoes
Whole and sliced black olives
Shredded colby and jack cheese
*** Refried Beans (beware of lard - you'd want to get the vegetarian ones)
Tomatillo (green) salsa
Red tomato salsa
Corn and flour tortillas (wrapped in parchment and nuked to heat and soften)
And of course, a big pitcher of sangria!
Hope you enjoy your feast with the games! Geaux Saints!!!
I do keep kosher and that's why I asked if I could make the tamales. I've never seen or heard of a kosher tamale.
Re the other items- the hummus will be on the table because everyone loves it. The red cabbage salad has chiles and a cumin/lime dressing- to me that's considered tex mex. And the almond cake will be for my birthday.
It's sure as hell not a potluck- I'll be making everything from scratch myself!