ISO Fireside Picnic Ideas
Planning an evening fireside "picnic" in a hotel room (so no access to oven/stove for re-heating). I'm planning an antipasti platter to start but would love some creative ideas for something to make ahead for a main course that won't need to be reheated. Leaning to an Italian menu ...
I agree with monavano that an antipasti platter will pretty much cover it. Think of it as a deconstructed antipasti, not as a single dish. A selection of nice dry/cured meats, Italian cheeses, olives, marinated mushrooms, artichokes, eggplant, etc. roasted peppers, with some nuts and dried fruits like apricots, figs, some fresh grapes. Some fresh veggies like grape tomatoes, red/orange/yellow pepper slices, endive leaves. Maybe some roasted garlic to spread on bread. A bread basket with crusty Italian bread, whole grain rolls, crunchy bread sticks. Not served on one platter, but each served on/in separate plates or bowls and presented as a spread, not as "one" dish (i.e. an antipasti) would do it. If you want something hot and have a thermos or two or a crock pot, some homemade minestrone soup would be nice.
I would do something fairly sweet and simple for dessert.
How many people are you serving?
Bring a crock pot with homemade meatballs and sauce. Grab a fresh bread and some fresh grated parm reg, yummy
fireside? things on skewers? most hardware/home stores have cheap 2-pronged ones intended for s'mores that can be used for vegetables, kebabs etc. it's not a make ahead, but as an activity in regards to romance it sure beats playing cards.
ehh call it a day, throw some foil wrapped potatoes into the fireplace and have a cracked crab or lobster packed in ice for after/with the antipasti.
Sounds like crock pot stuffed shells time! I'm assuming (dangerously) that you will be preparing this in a kitchen and then moving to the hotel later?
Basically, cook the shells, then stuff them, place in crock pot with sauce of choice and put on low. Not "fancy" but yummy. Add a nice salad and some vino. . .