Help! I'm having a party for 40!
I 'have never had a party this big, and I am daunted by the quantities of food needed. I plan to feature a spiralcut ham, with biscuits and condiments (mayo, different mustards, pickle assortment), broccoli salad (from Sweet Tomatoes), and cake. I am OK getting the quantities of these and the drinks. What else do I need? I am thinking of an entree for those who do not eat/like ham, maybe a chicken and pasta salad? If I do that, can I decrease the amt of ham? Do I need a green salad? I will be passing some hors d'ouevres such as gougeres and stuffed mushrooms. The party runs from 4 pm Sunday afternoon. Any advice is most welcome.
The people who eat the ham will also eat the chicken and pasta salad. Just so you know.
I don't know the broccoli salad from sweet tomatoes, but that sounds good.
I'd do a fruit and cheese platter or three with crackers and breads. Serve nuts and olives.
Maybe a vegetarian pasta salad as a side dish - that will cover vegetarians, and be good for non-vegetarians as well.
No, don't reduce the amount of ham; the more choices you have, the more people will want to try everything if they eat what you're offering. Is it your intent that everything (other than the mushrooms) be cold?
I do think you need other dishes because you are having the party pretty much during what will be considered dinner time so people will be hungry. I would offer a different meat in addition to ham like a lemon chicken salad (sticking with the cold dish theme) and some side dishes.
Pasta salad is a good idea but I would make it with vegetables such as frozen & thawed peas, shredded carrot, red onions, seeded & diced cucumbers, zucchini & yellow squash, scallions, halved cherry tomatoes, etc tossed with a vinaigrette. You can also do a layered chopped salad with these same veggies and lettuce of choice.
I would do potato salad and or sweet potato salad which goes well with ham & biscuits. It's soup weather so adding a chowder or bean soup would be nice and it's easy.
Thank you. I looked up the recipe and see that the broccoli salad does indeed contain bacon.
I will be serving a cheese and fruit platter. Forgot to mention it.
I like the idea of doing a vegetarian pasta salad. But should I do that AND potato salad, or one or the other?
I do want everything to be room temperature, so no soup or other hot dish, except for the gougeres and mushrooms -I'lll have enough to do!
Here's a broccoli salad that is vegetarian and delicious - had it first when a friend made it for a cookout. While it does add another starch - it is very light.
Wild Rice, Broccoli & Cranberry Salad
1 (6-ounce) pkg long grain & wild rice mix
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries (I used Ocean Spray Craisins-1 pkg)
1 cup fresh broccoli flowerets, chopped
4 green onions, chopped
3 celery ribs, thinly sliced
1 (2-ounce) jar diced pimento, drained
1/2 cup sweet and sour dressing (1/2 cup orange juice & 2 tablespoons white vinegar)
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
• Prepare rice according to package directions; cool.
• Combine rice, cranberries, and next 4 ingredients; add dressing, and stir gently. Cover and chill at least 2 hours. Stir in peanuts just before serving.
I've doubled it for a covered dish meal at work - worked fine.