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New Year's Eve menu - advice needed!

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mp413 Dec 29, 2010 01:31 AM

I am having a dinner party for New Year's and need help planning dishes. It's a multicultural dinner featuring NYE traditions from Japan and Czech Rep (so far) so I need ideas for hors d'oeuvres and other dishes that could complement the mains:

- Japanese noodles with shrimp and squid
- Lentil soup

Because that's all carb-heavy I was thinking salad or some kind of other raw/light dishes would be good? Any ideas?

Oh, and I can get decent steak, charcuteries, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, eggplant, peppers, and basil possibly. For sundries I have nice olive oil & vinegars, sesame oil, mirin, truffle oil, canned hearts of palm, kidney beans, capers, low quality olives, maybe cornichons (I live in Chad!)

Would very much appreciate menu planning advice!

Thanks

mp413

  1. mamachef Dec 29, 2010 11:17 AM

    I'm thinking you need to do something red-meat- centric here: maybe an asian-marinated steak kebab? I also think a dhal might be a better choice than soup; less liquidy/filling, served over rice. and a bellpepper, eggplant and tomato bake would taste excellent with any of these, or incorporate as eggplant stuffed with rice and lentils?

    1. hotoynoodle Dec 29, 2010 08:26 AM

      lol, these cuisines are not exaclty complimentary.

      instead of japanese noodles, maybe just the shrimp and squid with a miso or sesame sauce, or some other kind of japanese flavoring? it's too much to have two such carby dishes as mains, i think.

      this link has some nice asian dishes on it which may help you:

      http://rasamalaysia.com/recipes/hors-...

      a charcuterie plate with good pickles, or pickled veg like the eggplant and peppers, would be a fine czech appetizer.

      are you serving dessert?

      is this a buffet or served meal?

      1. mels Dec 29, 2010 06:42 AM

        Is this a formal dinner or buffet/grazing style?

        I would definitely add some vegetables in there to balance the meal. Also, in my opinion, you can never go wrong with a board with cheeses, charcuteries, some marinated vegetables (love mushrooms for this).

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