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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)....in addition, we are doing a 35lb lamb on a spit and will have burgers, dogs, salads, etc....so, 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!

              2. Crudites.
                A chowhound asked for a recipe for pickled daikon. It reminds me of the yummy ones they serve at Pok Pok alongside their killer chicken wings.
                With all that meat, it's nice to get the veggies in.

                1. what other items are you serving *with* the meat?

                  1. At least three kegs of beer.

                    1. Last year I was asked to do pulled pork for 100 (70 or so showed up), and for snacks the host had the standard chips and crudités. And 200 ears of corn, a hotel pan sized tourtière, about 200 drumsticks, beans (no, it wasn't a side), and multiple salads. That's about what I recall, though I can confirm that most of the pork was untouched.

                      I'll side with those suggesting you keep it light, especially as you have a lamb alongside (I haven't had that combo in 20+ years back in Edmonton).

                      1. Pork rinds and hot sauce!

                        1. As long as you have sides, I would keep it exactly light. There are a number of spicy spreads, hummus, on pita and baguettes, a variety of olives,and then fruit like water melon or grapes. Foods that don't require a plate, but a napkin. As long as dinner is not stalled, that would work for me. Besides I would be saving myself for the roast pig.

                          1. Go with the Cajuns, in their complete bouchonnerie wisdom: Deep-fried spears of sweet potato (No, NOT Yams) dusted w/ powdered sugar.
                            Or crawfish popcorn.
                            Or deepfried chickpeas with Cajun spice, for drinks.
                            Or pimiento cheese biscuits with some of those dreaded crudite...and I bet people will snuffle them up like Hoover vacuums, especially if those crudite involve good cherry tomatoes and cucumber boats....and maybe baby endive spears, the better to double dip with.
                            Oh, you said "light." Well, you could re-define just a little bit.

                            1. How about cucumber slices topped with shrimp and dill sauce.
                              Maybe chicken cubes with a mango or pineapple salsa.
                              Lettuce wraps...not necessarily pre-made--let the guests fill em
                              Pita bread with cheese and fig jelly
                              Vegetable platter with dip

                              1. I'd go with a tease and put out foods that are commonly paired with pig (and lamb). For example, mint is often with lamb, so a refreshing mint drink is a go. Pork chops and apple sauce is eternal, so maybe some type of apple based bruschetta.