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Day After Thanksgiving Party Help

For some reason I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my house for about 16 people and the next night hosting a evening/ adult only cocktail party for friends (probably about 20-30 ppl). We can talk about my poor judgement later, but first....

I plan on making a very fun and involved Thanksgiving menu, so that's my focus. For the party I'm looking for very easy recipes that will still impress. I am very open to prepackaged food, but I get nervous not making things from scratch... I want to avoid any turkey things... I was thinking more of classy-tailgating type casual food... pork sliders and the like...

All ideas are appreciated!

 
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  1. Puff pastry is your friend, as is filo dough. You can make a lot of great finger foods in advance, freeze and bake as needed. I've done pulled hoisin pork in filo cigars with thai chile sauce, mushrooms and blue cheese in puff pastry, spinach and feta in filo triangles, etc. Gougeres also freeze well and just need to be reheated. Or you could do an assortment of sliders, since you mentioned though, and have your pulled pork done in advance, then maybe crab cakes prepared in advanced and quickly baked and placed on the rolls?

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    1. re: katecm

      Could you elaborate on the hoisin pork in filo cigars? Sounds fabulous.

      1. re: nomadchowwoman

        Sure, I got country style pork ribs, seasoned with five-spice, browned and braised in a very simple broth with garlic and ginger. Once it's totally fork-tender, shred and then mix with some hoisin, sesame oil, some of the cooking liquid, soy if you need salt, and fresh grated ginger. Then depending on how bit your filo is, cut it into strips, spread some meat down one short end of a strip, and roll. Throw them in the freezer so they aren't toughing, and then once they're frozen you can throw them in a bag and take out just as many as you need. You can bake them straight from the freezer if you're making a lot of them, but they're really awesome pan-fried.

        1. re: katecm

          Thank you! I will be trying this one.

    2. Would re-purposing leftovers from Thanksgiving help you? Leftover mash potatoes can be turned into a fried or baked potato cake with some bacon, sour cream/creme fraiche, and chive topping. Crostini with a variety of toppings.
      In case you've got your heart set on the tailgating theme, I've stuffed mini burgers with cheese and condiments inside puff pastry. That's a favorite of mine.

      1. Love the idea of a barsnack menu, sliders included. Soooo far away from Txgiving that it's just about perfect. Also the above suggs. on phyllo and puff pastries are totally on the money. A taco bar would work well and involve only advance prep, too, or a pasta bar or somesuch with several diferent toppings. Bon Apetit! Happy Holidays!

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        1. re: mamachef

          yes! Bar food is what I was thinking, tailgaiting wasn't the right word... I love the idea of the taco bar, genius!

        2. A friend of ours in Nashville used to have an open house every post-TG Friday, with all the hot dogs you'd want to eat. Pizza, too, and maybe chili (though never TURKEY chili!). No pie, no mashed potatoes, not one damn cranberry in sight. I'd usually make coleslaw or devilled eggs to bring. Then he went and got married, and that was the end of that.

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          1. re: Will Owen

            well, when I get married, I'll make sure to keep the tradition alive! It's great seeing all our old college and highschool buddies come back into town and it's a nice break from the very family heavy weekend... Hopefully it's still warm enough out, i would love to grill up some good kielbasi and sausages... maybe zazz up some hot dogs...

          2. You could also do an antipasti plate, w/nice salami, cheeses, olives, other marinated veggies, all of which can be purchased.