purim seudah reccomendations
Does anyone have any fun menu / recipe suggestions ? Its our turn to host the whole family for purim and we are looking for something different.
We've done the backwards seudah at my kids' school is a lot of fun for them especially since we're always nagging them to finish their food before they get dessert. I've always wanted to do a Foods in Disguise theme, but I'm usually too exhausted to pull off anything elaborate for the seudah. The thought behind it is to serve foods that do not taste the way they are supposed to look. Salad that looks like salad but tastes like dessert, dessert that looks like dessert but tastes like chicken etc. Perhaps when I retire :)
The Shabbat before Purim a few years ago, I did a disguised food meal. I made a meatloaf cake "frosted" with mashed potatos to look like chocolate cake with vanilla frosting; fake crab sushi salad (basically pollack with rice, avocado, soy sauce, cucumber) as an appetizer. Dessert was vanilla ice cream (Soy delicious) rolled in nestle quik powder made to look like a baked potato. There were other elements that I'm totally forgetting at this point.
I did the same for the seuda a few years ago. Also did the meatloaf cake. Dessert was mini muffins that looked like meatballs, on top of white frosting piped to look like spaghetti, topped with jelly or cherry pie filling as the sauce. My shaloch manos that year was a tray of fake sushi (cake wrapped with fruit roll-ups, "rice" made of a coconut base, etc.). One recipient called me that night to say how shocked she was when she realized what it was. She had put it in the fridge and then went to eat it, thinking it was actually real sushi!
If you're going to be a large group, a taco setup could be really fun. You could do different fillings and shells/tortillas with a bunch of different toppings.
Some filling ideas:
- sliced skirt steak (can marinate in tequila for a purim theme)
- sliced grilled chicken
- cubes of grilled or baked tofu
- fried fish in seasoned breading
- taco mix (ground beef or turkey sauteed with onions and seasonings)
- portobello mushroom strips
- grilled/sauteed peppers and onions
- black beans
- salsa (red, green, fresh fruit...)
- red cabbage slaw
- pickles- radishes, jalepenos, carrots
Trader Joe's has tons of different types and flavors of tortillas - most of them are parve. You can set those out along with hard taco shells and a tray of hot sauces and parve sour cream. Seems like a ton of prep, but a lot can be done in advance and the steak/chicken/tofu can be served at room temp.
You guys are way too creative for me! The best I ever did was cashing in on the "dag" theme for Adar and making boatloads of homemade kosher sushi. Our shul always did a Chinese buffet; I can see the bar has been raised!