Make-ahead vegetarian meal for a crowd?
I am hosting my book club on a weeknight (which is, of course, also a work night). Do you have any ideas for a vegetarian meal that can mostly be made ahead of time? My book club ladies are an international group with sophisticated foodie taste :)
I thought about something like mushroom bourguignon, but we'll be eating on our laps, and the sauce would probably be too messy. Same problem with making a huge tureen of lentil soup. I also considered making an Indian curry, which could be thick enough to eat from a tray on your lap, but one of the book club ladies is Indian, and I'd hate to embarrass myself in front of an expert :)
A pan of veggie lasagne would be easy, but maybe a little uninspired.
Idea: Use bowls for your soup/curries/stew ideas. :)
-raw kale salad (I like mine with lemon, shredded beet, almonds and raisins/dried cranberries) - it tastes better as leftovers
-dolmas made in advance
-instead of Indian, go Ethiopian since it is pretty similar
-quinoa or bean salad
-no bake chocolate mousse pie for dessert!
what's your book about?? I'd work on a theme.. there's no such thing as a cuisine which doesn't have vegetarian food (except for maybe argentina!)
How about something like empanadas? Or maybe a butternut squash lasagna with a fennel and cream sauce? Or spanikopita? You could also do a mezze platter of hummus, olives and such.
So many possibilities.