Need Your Help with Finger Food Menu
Un-expectantly, I am hosting my book club (ten women) after work on Thursday to talk about Hemingway's The Moveable Feast. Not a book, really, but rather a collection of essays about his life in Paris in the 1920s. I am at a loss of what to offer to nosh on. We do not focus on food but many are coming right after work and hungry. I would like to offer something that I can organize a night or two ahead (have a Thai class the evening before) and that would somewhat represent Paris in the 20s.
If you want to keep it really simple, Trader Joe's and Costco have frozen versions that are tasty. You can top with a dollop of sour cream or creme fraiche and chives.
Savory palmiers- simple made with Pillsbury dough.
Chevre and tomato tart.
Roquefort or brie with caramelized onion tart.
Pate de Campagne on brioche crostini
Chocolate mousse or pot de creme
If dinner with my French cousins is an indication, I would consider..... roasted nuts, olives, some cured meats, nice bread sliced, pate, cornichons, but since these are Americans that you are feeding, I would also offer some potato-leek soup, the quiche idea is a good one, or perhaps a simple omelette. Though you wouldn't serve cheese without a meal in France, again, you are feeding Americans, so perhaps a nice cheese platter with some fresh fruit and a fig marmalade could round out your offerings. All of this, well except the omelette, could be made in advance.
Oh! or some savory crepes with ham and gruyere. You can make the crepes in advance and then throw them in the oven before your book group folks arrive.
People, you are amazing! I'll ponder tomorrow over your great ideas and come up with a plan.
I neither eat nor serve pork at home but that's an easy sub.