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Menu for a brunch fingerfood party?

allisonjayne Feb 7, 2011 08:11 AM

Looking for input about quantities (and options) for a vegetarian brunch fingerfood party. It'll be held at around 1pm or 2pm, so the idea isn't that it's a full meal necessarily, but good food that'll fill people up sufficiently! It's for a baby shower.

How much of each? Any other suggestions or anything that doesn't sound like a good idea? It needs to be stuff that can be eaten without a table primarily. We'll have a couple of tables maybe but mostly fingerfoods.

For around 30-40 people, plus about 10 kids under the age of 10.

-deviled eggs OR mini quiches?
-bagels/cream cheese
-fruit platter
-pizza (cut into 'finger sized portions' - this isn't very brunch-like, I know, but a friend owns a pizza shop and offered to provide some pizza gratis!)
-cut up vegetable platter w/ dip
-mini latkes

(and there'll be cupcakes)

(with coffee, tea, mimosas and non-alcoholic punch)

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    LeoLioness Feb 7, 2011 08:18 AM

    Seems a bit bread-heavy. I would maybe do crustless quiches, cut into squares.

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    1. re: LeoLioness
      allisonjayne Feb 7, 2011 10:07 AM

      Is there something you think would be better than the latkes maybe since theyll be a bit heavy?

      The quiches we're ordering from a restaurant, so I think they're going to have have crusts...

    2. CarrieWas218 Feb 7, 2011 08:23 AM

      What kind of dip with the vegetables? Like Leo said, this is all very bread heavy and for those who are health-conscious, consider baba ghanouj or hummus for a dip instead of something more caloric and sour cream-based.

      You might also consider a pure meat platter of sausages or sliced salamis or a cheese platter or smoked salmon with the bagels. Right now, your only protein is eggs.

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      1. re: CarrieWas218
        allisonjayne Feb 7, 2011 08:32 AM

        It'll be all vegetarian.

        Yes, the dip will be something vegan since there will be one or two vegans in attendance as well.

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        ola Feb 7, 2011 10:14 AM

        I have made fritatta in cupcake pans but may be too much like your quiches.

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          fryerlover Feb 7, 2011 11:39 AM

          I would also say a cheese tray and maybe even some roasted garlic bulbs as they are quick and easy. The roasted garlic is great on most things, however I usually serve it with goat cheese and rice crackers. Maybe cut out one of the muffins/pastries/croissants as that is very heavy on top of the bagels.

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            allisonjayne Feb 7, 2011 12:30 PM

            Thanks for the feedback! This is really helpful.

            Does anyone have a sense of how much of everything we should plan for?

            Was thinking muffins OR pastries OR croissants - sorry if that wasn't clear. probably mini-croissants.

            Latkes OR maybe some other kind of potato thing? The plan is finger foods, so that's why we were thinking latkes.

            Something else? Some kind of salad? Any other suggestions?

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              AussieBeth Feb 7, 2011 01:17 PM

              My feeling is there is lack of protein - what about adding some smoked salmon for non-vego's and pescatarians? Perhaps with the bagels?

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              1. re: AussieBeth
                allisonjayne Feb 7, 2011 01:23 PM

                Not to be snarky, but it is definitely absolutely going to be vegetarian. Many of the people attending will be vegetarian, and those that aren't can absolutely not eat meat for one afternoon.

                Maybe we'll consider adding a something with beans.

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                laliz Feb 7, 2011 01:19 PM

                -deviled eggs
                -mini bagels/cream cheese
                pb&j sammies in decorative shapes for the under 10 crowd
                -fruit platter
                -cheese platter
                -baba ganoush w/pitas
                marinated olives
                -pizza (cut into 'finger sized portions' - this isn't very brunch-like, I know, but a friend owns a pizza shop and offered to provide some pizza gratis!)
                -cut up vegetable platter w/ dip
                (and there'll be cupcakes)
                (with coffee, tea, mimosas and non-alcoholic punch)

                1. mamachef Feb 7, 2011 01:41 PM

                  What about little brunch flautas, with soyrizo, egg, seasonings and salsa? And some fruit kabobs with a yogurt dipping sauce. Buncha olives and marinated veg. from the olive/marinade bar, to boot. I think it would round things out.
                  I have a beautiful coupla recipes for vegetarian or vegan dips, if you're interested.

                  1. gaffk Feb 7, 2011 01:59 PM

                    My latest discovery is puff pastry sheets--anything can be rolled in them. You can prep the night before then slice into pinwheels and bake (quickly) on the day and they are good hot or cold. For a recent gathering I did both savory and sweet. For savory I had fresh basil and parm pinwheels and a chocolate and marshmallow pinwheel. I was introduced to the idea by a friend who had broccoli and cheddar wheeels and cinnamon and sugar wheels.

                    Fast, easy and not one left on the trays.


                    1. meatn3 Feb 7, 2011 03:42 PM

                      The mini latkes don't seem like finger food to me. They are best hot right out of the skillet and always retain a bit of oil.

                      Other, less oily potato options could be mini twice baked potatoes, various toppings available. Or steam/boil small redskins and cool. Cut in half, scoop flesh. Make potato salad, fill the potato shell with the salad.

                      As others have said, the menu feels very starchy. A nice vegetable terrine would add color and work well at room temperature. Veggie spring rolls would be lighter and fresh.

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