Shabbos menu ideas
So this week, we are hosting our first big shabbos dinner in London. Two other families, 12 people in total.
We'll start with chicken soup. Then, I'm planning to make arroz con pollo, which should stay in good shape on the heating tray--shabbos still starts before 5pm so that's a concern. I also expect to make a brisket in the slow cooker again, because that's really easy to keep hot that way!
So I was looking ideas for other sides. Do you think we need another starch? Any other veggie ideas? Maybe black beans?
I wouldn't add a starch to the rice. I'd probably do two vegetable dishes. Perhaps green beans or asparagus cooked crisp and served at room temp with vinaigrette. And the second something like curried cauliflower and spinach in a red sauce, or a tagine of red peppers and summer squash.
Thanks, all. As many of you know, we are not usually so strict about heating but some of our guests are more observant so we are being more careful. As such, we have to re-think some of our usual dishes.
We did roasted root veggies last week, which was nice, but I was thinking of aligning with the arroz con pollo--you can take the kid out of Miami...
Thanks again for your tips.
Black beans may be nice if you are having any vegetarians - good source of protein for them.
I think a vegetable would be good (not sure what's in the arroz con pollo besides the rice and chicken). Perhaps some sort of roasted pepper medley (with poblanos and other chili-style peppers, and maybe some onion for a counter-balance to the spicy sweet of the roasted peppers). Another option might be a taco salad - some sort of lettuce/green, corn, beans, red onion, diced tomato, a salsa-type dressing, etc. I know that neither of these suggestions are the most seasonal, but I think they'd go with your menu - and don't need to be super hot.
Crispy green beans would go with either dish, and also doesn't need to be especially hot. And, they can be done without a sauce, so you don't have to worry about keeping them warm from the beginning of shabbos. You can always make a sauce for them that is kept warm from the beginning of shabbos, and put it on the beans just before serving.
Good luck, and have a great time with your guests!