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 Post subject: Family party in two days - what to serve?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:46 pm 
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My partner's family has been hinting at having them over to see our new (see: a year old) apartment, so the entire family (at least 15 people) is coming over on Sunday. The party starts around 2 in the afternoon and I want to have finger foods that people can snack on. But I'm at a loss about what to serve.

One thing that came to mind were the lemony/potato square things from vegan brunch. Then I also thought about mini quiches and more brunch-ish, food, but I'm not married to that idea. I just want to go easy on myself and make things that will be yummy to omnivores.

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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:21 pm 
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idea: since everyone is coming over at around 2pm, maybe you could do a combo of sweet and savory? as for savory, there are some recent discussion threads on the first page of this forum that might give you some ideas.

boring savory idea: triscuits, hummus, veggies, olives

for the sweet, you could make some plates of cookies, those are pretty easy and you could do them the day before

if you don't have VCIYCJ, the mexican hot choc snickerdoodles are on the blog and are awesome
http://www.theppk.com/category/recipe/cookie/

the choc chip cookies in vegan diner are awesome, julie also put the recipe on her blog. If you don’t need a gluten-free version, you can prepare the cookies the way I did, just replace the 3/4 cup sorghum/brownrice flour with 1 cup of all-purpose flour and omit the following ingredients: potato starch, tapioca flour, xanthan gum.
http://www.juliehasson.com/2012/09/glut ... ipcookies/

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:26 pm 
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I always dig stuffed stuff. Grape leaves, spring rolls, mushrooms. And if you get your partner to help with the stuffing and/or rolling you can get dozens knocked out in an hour or so.

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Stuffed things are a good idea. If you're feeling really lazy, a platter of hummus & cucumber finger sandwiches is pretty much the easiest thing you can make. I would also consider making some sort of savory dish in a muffin pan... think mini mac-n-cheezes, mini-lentil loaves, something like that that automatically comes out of the oven in individual portion sizes. Speaking of muffin tins, 2pm seems early enough in the day to me to have some muffins and other stuff like that.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:38 pm 
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the lemon coconut bundt cake from Vcon is AMAZING and super omni-friendly.

i made the muhammara from Vegan Table after Thanksgiving and everyone liked that too.
there's also a very simple "no queso quesadilla" reciple in Vegan Table that i havent tried yet but it looks insanely quick and easy yet yummy. i think it's basically a baked quesidilla filled with hummus. very simple snacky food.

homemade hummus is always a hit.

olive tapenade?
cupcakes?

are you looking for mainly finger foods or maybe buffet style foods?

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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:46 am 
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Thanks guys! I think I will make something in the muffin tins - like mini quiches. I also like the idea of stuffed mushrooms. I haven't had those in forever. Anyone have a good recipe?

I want mostly finger foods. We will have a lot of people here, including kids, a newborn, a cat and a new kitten. I would like the food to be easy. My partner's grandparents are really traditional. For example, they think "noodles" are weird food. They eat only a piece of meat and a vegetable for dinner every day. I don't want to weird them out too much!

So far I'm thinking:
- baguette slices
- crackers and veggie slices for dipping
- tapenades (store bought probably)
- cucumber and hummus tea sandwiches (I forgot how easy and good those are)
- stuffed mushrooms
- mini quiches (probably crustless since I can't bring myself to mess with filo dough)
- muffins and/or a lemon bundt cake

I was thinking of making mini cinnamon rolls. That would be awesome and delicious as a dessert, but probably too much work. For drinks we'll have lots of things like wine, beer, tea, coffee, juices, sparkling water. I wanted to make a pitcher cocktail, but I'm already stressing myself out.

Some kind of pinwheel sandwich would be good, too. If I were in the states I would get some Tofurkey slices and vegan mayo, but not really sure what to do here. We have vegan mayo, but no faux meat slices. Any ideas for what I could use for tortilla/pinwheel type sandwiches? Those are so easy to make ahead of time.


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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:56 am 
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Spinach and ricotta? Dill and cream cheese with cucumber? Mushroom pate or a spiced hummus, maybe. I usually like cream cheese things for pinwheels.

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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:14 am 
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Thanks, lavawitch! Good ideas. I'll probably go with some cream cheese mixed with herbs.


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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
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A big no brainer, but Dutch people enjoy bowls of nuts and potato chips, especially later in the afternoon. The kids among your visitors will love you forever. You could also serve some olives and/or pickles. Our local Turkish shop sells delicious canned dolmas such as rice stuffed wine leaves and eggplants. Not very grandparent friendly, but other people might enjoy them and they don't need any work, just pop them out of the can onto a plate.

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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:14 pm 
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I think you already have some great ideas! If you don't already have a mini crustless quiche recipes, I highly recommend these.

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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
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I really like the mini crustless quiches from fat free vegan. I'm considering those, but they will be a last-minute decision based on what I make tonight. I decided to make the spinach artichoke dip from kmouse using some vegan mayo they sell here. It's not veganaise, but it will do. I love that spinach artichoke dip!


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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
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so how did the party go?

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Great! Everyone was surprised by the food. We had:

- nuts
- chips and salsa
- tapenade
- stuffed mushrooms
- kmouse's spinach artichoke dip (always a hit)
- pinwheels with herbed cream cheese
- potato spinach squares from vegan brunch
- cucumber hummus sandwiches
- lentil salad
- coconut lemon bundt cake with berries from VCON


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 Post subject: Re: Family party in two days - what to serve?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 8:48 am 
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sounds like you had an awesome spread!

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Nice menu! Glad to hear it went well.

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