Seafood Main Course for 8 That Doesn't Break the Bank?
I may be asking for things that are mutally exclusive, but this weekend my wife and I will be hosting a gathering for my fishing buddies and their wives, for a total of 8 of us. Given that we're a "fishing" group (i.e., spend a lot of time drinking and eating and occasionally fishing), I would like to do a seafood dish, but here are the caveats:
a.) I don't want spend all of my time in the kitchen or at the grill while my friends are visiting. Ideally it's a dish I can do most of the prep before they arrive;
b.) It shouldn't be too expensive, like maybe $10 - $12 a plate (not including wine and so forth);
c.) If it's a one pot type meal, even better.
I should point out that in LA it's supposed to be hot this weekend and we'll be outside, so ideally I have something a bit "light" and summery. I will have a couple of salads as sides.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Peel 'n eat shrimp served with a variety of sauces/dips
Slaw and another green salad
Baked potatoes with several topping choices
Cobbler and watermelon
Spread your patio table with newspapers
How about a Nicoise Salad, made with fresh salmon, instead of tuna. Everything can be prepared ahead, and just assembled on a large platter for service. Ina Garten has a great recipe. I've recommended it many times. Google Ina's roasted salmon Nicoise Salad. Serve with some great bread, chilled wine, and it's perfect.
I was going to recommend the same thing. Most of it can be done ahead and the whole thing can be served at room temperature. Plus it's just really pretty! Here's the one I did for a party earlier this month, using local lake trout instead of salmon.
Here's Ina recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...
Note that there is a mistake in the recipe -- when you make the marinade for the salmon, do NOT add the lemon juice, just the zest. It's meant to be a paste, not a liquid marinade. Apparently if you watch the video, she doesn't add any juice, but the error hasn't been corrected.
I live on the other coast but we do a lowcountry boil for this type of thing! It hits all three of your points
We also do perloo / pilau that is easy and inexpensive
Roasted Red Pepper Crab pasta. Make your pasta.
Dice roasted peppers: I smoke bushels in the Fall and freeze, but canned works. Saute some garlic in butter and add the roasted peppers. Add a sweet onion diced or mushrooms diced if you like. Add canned crab meat or cleaned shrimp or both. Add sour cream and cheese (we like a mix of Italian hard cheeses), stir and serve. Add cooked pasta and stir until coated. Simple and stretches a pound or two of seafood.
And this flounder recipe--without the bok choy but shredded potato in it's place--is a good one we like. http://www.ucook.com/Recipes/RecipeFu...