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Jun 28, 2011 06:57 AM

Pre Pig Snack

Hi Everyone,

I am hosting a pig roast for about 100 people. While there will be plenty of food once the pig is served, I am having a hard time figuring out what to put out for snacks, etc. I want to avoid the obvious chips/dips that will most likely go to waste. Any ideas for a light snack for a large group before a big meal?



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  1. Grilled Kabobs......Yakatori, Satay


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    1. re: fourunder

      This is exactly what I would NOT serve - no one will want to fill up on meat before they're supposed to eat a roasted pig. Even I, a hard-core meat lover and low-carber, would want some type of vegetable, fruit or other "light" food before hand. The peanut/popcorn/watermelon suggestions below are great. However, I never find that chips and dips go to waste at parties, especially if they're more interesting than just plain Lays with French onion.

      1. re: biondanonima

        Have you considered some may not like roasted pig, or any pork item if served.....and would want something more than salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and watermelon?

        maybe you might not like meat, but then, that was only 30% of the suggestion. *no one* may be a stretch. I can tell you from running parties in a a catering facility, very many enjoy the kebobs and Lamb Lollipops/chops passed around during the reception hour. Some people come with an appetite.

        Yakatori and Satay are considered small skewered and bite sized when served as appetizers.....

        1. re: fourunder

          Just to clarify, the invite very clearly stated that there would be pig and lamb....I am spending a lot of money on having a professional pig roaster cater the event....he will also have 6 "beer can chickens", potato salad, corn, slaw, chips, melon, etc. I really hope people eat the pig and I think there is excitement for it. That being said,I do realize it is not for everyone....thus, the burgers and dogs. We will also have mac and cheese as well as the full lamb. If people are upset that they don't have salmon or veggie burgers, well, I'm not really going to worry about it.

          Thanks for all the help though!

          1. re: chowfreak

            I would recommend you purchase one of those large cans of Tuna available in stores and wholesale food stores. Chunk Light is about $6-7 and Albacore is about $10-13, depending on the store.

            I have a friend who is Pescetarian , and he is always happy if a scoop of tunafish salad is available.

    2. Assuming this is a casual, outdoor affair some suggestions would be:

      - fruit (watermelon slices, apples, grapes etc)
      - nuts, perhaps pails filled w shell-your-own peanuts
      - popcorn - we rented a carnival style popcorn machine for one outdoor event and everyone loved it
      - flatbreads or focaccia w cheese and/or tomato topping
      - shrimp

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      1. re: Breadcrumbs

        I love the peanut and popcorn ideas!

        How about a bunch of watermelons?

        1. re: Breadcrumbs

          I'm digging Breadcrumbs suggestions.
          Spiked watermelon bowl
          Grilled pineapple
          Garlic bread and beer
          Popcorn would be very cool sprinkled with fresh herbs, garlic, parm cheese
          I'd go with apps that are refreshing but not filling

          1. fruit kabobs, tomato, mozz, & basil kabob, spicy nuts, olives, celery with a thick blue cheese spread (Grandma used Gorgonzola, cream cheese and a bit of mayo) , Zapps potato chips in various flavors. Just a thought

            1. Let's back up a little. I have done a lot of pig roasts, and a single pig will not feed 100 people or close to it. Tell us more.

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              1. re: Veggo

                Thanks for the concern. I can clarify....we are having a 100 lb pig for ~80 adults and 30 kids (under 5) addition, we are doing a 35lb lamb on a spit and will have burgers, dogs, salads,, I think we should be fine. Thanks!

                1. re: chowfreak

                  Cool. I have never done a whole lamb. Let us know how it all goes! That's a big pig, by the way, if it is 100 lbs dressed. Somebody is getting up early!