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Party food to pair with this BEET recipe

I am hosting a bridal shower and am at a loss for recipes that aren't boring. The main event will be drinking champagne, I'm sure, but I would like to have some delicious munchies as well.

The bride LOVES beets, and i got this amazing jar of pickled beets from rick's picks nyc as a gift so i thought now would be the time to use them. they are sweet and aromatic - pickled with rosemary, ginger, and lemon - and delicious. they will be sliced on a little crostini with goat cheese and some sort of garnish.

What the hell should i serve with these? The bride is pescatarian.

The CHOW roasted eggplant and walnut dip also sounded good. Maybe go with a mediterranean kind of thing?

i have never hosted a 20+ person party and would be very grateful for any advice or ideas.

thanks in advance!

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  1. to go with your Medi-theme, and something i've made for a baby shower... Feta/lemon/mint pasta salad. Bowtie pasta, cooked and cooled to room temp., then add olive oil, chiffonaded mint, crumbled feta, tons of lemon juice, salt, pepper, grated parm regg. just keep addiing til it all tastes good, It's very pretty, light, fancy looking, and tasty! also sometimes i add toasted pine nuts for texture.

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    1. re: mariacarmen

      That sounds lovely, I'd add lots of lemon zest too.

      Thanks for the recipe!

      1. re: BamiaWruz

        oh yes, i forgot about the lemon zest, definitely!

      2. re: mariacarmen

        Oooh, nice. LOVE the lemon/mint combo. would just a scattering of Kalamatas throw it off-balance, saltwise, do you think? And what about adding cooked shrimp to make it a heavier main?

        1. re: mamachef

          I think that would be good and add a nice color to the dish too!
          i have actually made that dish hot as a main, but didn't add any protein. shrimp, why not? all those ingredients would go very well shrimp.

      3. Those crostini sound marvelous and so very pretty. An absolutely delicious light main salad would be lentils, dressed with citrus and garlic and oil and some oregano and a little diced onion, served on a bed of shredded escarole. Something about the earthiness and sweetness of the beets and lentils work like magic together. The dip you mentioned would be tasty served with herbed breadsticks. Certainly, bowls of marinated olives, and grilled artichoke hearts w/ a smoky tomato aioli would be dellicious; ditto a bagna cauda. You can spread puff pastry with dilled cream cheese and layer with lox and roll it end to end lengthwise (like a butterfly), slice and bake. These will disappear lilke nobody's business. Grill chicken livers en brochette, sprinkle witih sherry, and lemon zest and pepper. Grill prawns on a skewer after a quick marinade in olive oil, garlic and chili flakes; serve with a yogurt and cucumber tzatziki. If you wanted to stay mediterranean but go a little more substantial, you could roast a leg of lamb with rosemary a and, carve it, and serve it in mini pitas with tomato and mint chutney. Yum, I wanna come to your party! I promise not to wear a lampshade on my head!

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        1. re: mamachef

          The bride is pescatarian.....leg of lamb and chicken livers wouldn't quite cut it.

          1. re: millygirl

            whoops, didn't see that. Nope, I guess the offal and the lambie wouldn't fit the bill.

            1. re: mamachef

              sure sounded good though mamchef LOL

            2. re: millygirl

              Yes, the bride is, but certainly not all of the guests. An app or two of something other than fish would be welcome here.

          2. Add Hummus with toasted pita, stuffed grape leaves with lemmon sauce, and skewers with grape tomatos ( red & yellow )mozzarella & olives. Also bowls of assorted nuts. also like to add dried furits to my mediterranean spread.

            1. Thank you all so much for the advice!

              i think i am going with a lentil salad, the eggplant dip, hummus and crudite, and maybe a fresh tomato and oregano pie with puff pastry. i am so excited about all these light and fresh recipes!

              i knew the chowhounds would be able to help a girl out!

              1. I would go with something with a little richness like phyllo triangles or boureki. The canap├ęs you are making are tart so a little buttery bite would be a good balance.

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                1. re: JungMann

                  Agree JM, she needs something a bit richer. And when is this party to be? Tomatoes may or may not be very good, if it's later in the year.

                  My suggestions:

                  Leek & gruyere tart (puff pastry)
                  spicy wonton samosas
                  sauteed shrimp cocktail (easy & tasty Giada recipe)
                  foie gras pate on brioche ( just a small amount for those looking for something other than fish or vegetarian).

                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    PL, I absolutely must have the recipe for the spicy wonton samosas if you're willing to share.

                    1. re: mamachef

                      the party is actually this saturday, and tomatoes are still wonderful here in savannah. i will definitely add something rich, i love acidy foods but you're right, i need to consider something buttery. probably use tomatoes from my garden in the lentil salad or something, and make a richer puff pastry pie. thanks to all!

                      1. re: mamachef

                        Of course!! Wish I could say I thought it up, but must give credit where credit is due, these are delicious and very versatile. Here it is:

                        Spicy Wonton Samosas
                        From Chowhound, Layne Murphy
                        Makes about 3 dozen

                        2 or 3 large baking potatoes

                        1/2 onion, minced
                        1 serrano pepper, seeded & minced
                        1 tsp. curry powder
                        1 tsp turmeric
                        salt & pepper

                        1 small package of frozen peas, thawed about 5 mins.

                        1 package wonton wrappers
                        olive oil

                        Bake potatoes ahead of time. When cool enough to handle, scoop out flesh into a large bowl. Mash it coarsely. In a small saute pan, cook the onion until translucent, then add the pepper; cook for another 30 seconds. Add the curry & turmeric, and cook until fragrant. Remove from heat and add to the mashed potato.

                        Mix in the peas, season potato mixture with salt and pepper.

                        Preheat oven to 375. Take out a wonton wrapper and place about a teaspoon of the potato mixture in the middle. Using wet fingers, seal the wrapper by twisting. Place seam side down in mini muffin tin. When tin is full, brush wontons with olive oil and curry, turmeric or smoked paprika, about 1 tsp. Bake for 15 - 18 mins.

                        Let cool about 5 mins before serving.

                        Can be frozen. Place wontons seam side down in tin, and place in freezer for 20 mins, or until hardened. Place in ziploc. Bake for 18 - 20 mins.

                        1. re: Phurstluv

                          That sounds so good phurstluv. To clarify please, when you say twist them up to seal - I take it that these are not folded over like a ravioli but rather like a bundle?

                          1. re: millygirl

                            Exactly, milly girl, like little bundles. And that's why they get baked upside down, I guess the original person who came up with this decided they might open up during baking.