Ideas for informal 'supper' type meals for friends please

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Okay - need veggie idea to feed about eight people. Have already done curry night and lasgagne night. Don't want to do chilli night as have overloaded on veggie chilli lately.

Any more ideas please?

KellyMarieTunstall Sun 04-Nov-12 19:14:31

Tapas or mezze would be as informal as you want.

Mrscog Sun 04-Nov-12 19:18:21

What about roasted veg (with roasted garlic) with mozzerela melted over the top with crusty bread and salad?

That sounds nice Mrscog but probably too lasagne-ish.

I like meals that have lots of 'bits' to go with them so tapas or mezze type things would be good. In fact, you've reminded me of a lovely Greek bean dish I like.

What could veggie tapas involve apart from tortilla and potatas bravas?

cleanandclothed Sun 04-Nov-12 19:25:55

Garlic mushrooms? Quince paste and manchego?

Sparkles23 Sun 04-Nov-12 19:27:41

Fajitas always works well with a group

KarenHL Sun 04-Nov-12 19:27:48

Something we used to have a fair bit (need to have it again, thanks for the reminder!) is Nigella Lawson's supper onion dish.

Slow cook red onions (they only need quartering, that doesn't take long). Make up a cheese scone topping (can be done in advance, as needs to go in fridge for a while) - roll in the right shape, put on top of the onions and put in the oven. The recipe is in her 'domestic goddess' book (try library). We usually eat with baked beans and feel pogged afterward ('cause we eat a 4 person serving between 3). For a quick pud, I'd get something from the shop.

One quick pud MIL does at Christmas as an alternative to Christmas pud is frozen berries on a plate, with warm cream/custard sauce drizzled on top. It is yummy.

Allalonenow Sun 04-Nov-12 19:29:34

Garlic mushrooms
Roast pepper slices
Green beans with onion and tomato dressing
Butter beans with black olives
Cubed feta with spicy dressing
Membrillo with cheese
Aubergine with tomato

Lots of Hummus, Olives, pitta and flat breads, halloumi grilled on skewers, stuffed vine leaves... <drools>

dumdedah Sun 04-Nov-12 19:49:46

Fondue perhaps. Getting to be the weather for it. With baby potatoes, bread, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, peppers ... And a salad or two on the side or for entrée to aid digestion - wine helps too! smile Probably need two sets though for 8 people, so things aren't too crowded. And then if really motivated can have chocolate fondue w/ fruit (or cake cubes!) for dessert.

Dolmades are a nice addition to a mezze.

Thanks. These are all great ideas but none of them is jumping up and down as the 'chosen one' yet. Love Supper Onion Pie but really want something more special than that.

Middle Eastern or Greek is probably my favourite idea so far. Hate dolmades though. Could do chocolate fondue for pud after a non-fondue meal, maybe!

SO: ideas for Greek/Middle Eastern - or any more ideas please. Filing them away for family dinners too.

CaptainNancy Sun 04-Nov-12 20:06:48

Where does one get membrillo these days?
Waitrose have stopped selling it sad
I luffs it!

|What is membrillo? Is it quince paste? If yes, I hate it - but am pretty sure you used to be able to buy it in the deli in Moseley, Captain Nancy.

Roseformeplease Sun 04-Nov-12 20:08:33

Mexican themed food?
Do they eat fish? Fish pie?

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 04-Nov-12 20:10:13

Spanakopita? (Spinach and feta pie)?

Lovely baked persian ricey thing?

No to fish. I don't like it and couldn't stand the smell anyway!

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 04-Nov-12 20:11:03

Or, not Med/ME, but a nice british pie. a chicken and mushroom pie, but with quorn.

Persian baked rice thing = gorgeous. Do you have a good recipe, Hazel?

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 04-Nov-12 20:12:59

Ooh, what about shakshuka? Lovely red peppers, onions and toms sauteed, then eggs added in and baked. WIth a green salad and crusty bread.

DameFanny Sun 04-Nov-12 20:15:36

Yy to spanakopita, also google the recipe for green beans in tomatoes - scary quantity of olive oil but delicious.

And baba ghanoush is another favourite

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 04-Nov-12 20:18:24

I've made a nice rice and potato pilav (baked Persian ricey thing). Do you want that rec? NB traditionally, you'd have it in one dish, then serve per plate. Then you'd add in a RAW egg yolk and yog, and sumac, and mix it all together. This is delicious, and I'm a bit gippy about raw egg. But you could of course miss out the eggy bit.

OhBuggerandArse Sun 04-Nov-12 20:19:59

You need Claudia Roden's Book of Middle Eastern Food. Full of inspiration for that kind of supper, and a real work of love and scholarship. It's a great read, as cookery books go!

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 04-Nov-12 20:21:27

OOh, or the Armenian cheese bread thing from Nigella's Feast?

can you tell I am fond of both carbs and cheese??

ImperialFireworksInMyKnickers Sun 04-Nov-12 20:22:47

We do Curry Feast night, proper Indian stuff is full of veg specials.

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 04-Nov-12 20:23:44

Or, you need this beauty - Arto de Haroutunian's Vegetarian dishes from the middle east...

Or Ottolenghi's books. Can vouch for 1st 2, not seen the recent one.

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