"Bring a plate"

(26 Posts)
ManicMinor Thu 24-Apr-14 21:35:19

Going to a family (in-law) do next week, with the above request. It'll be mostly adults with a smattering of children. Could be savoury or sweet. People are going to be eating standing up, though they will have plates, so finger food options seem to be the best way to go - tell me all your best ideas please?

ImSoOverIt Thu 24-Apr-14 21:36:03

Homemade pizza?

Lilaclily Thu 24-Apr-14 21:36:25

sausage rolls will go down a storm with the kids

ImSoOverIt Thu 24-Apr-14 21:36:46

I have done the pizza thing before by making the dough base then buying jars of antipasti from lidl.

I would probably make a cheese & onion pie. And a ginger and pineapple pavlova.

TyneTeas Thu 24-Apr-14 21:43:22

These spicy chicken drumsticks are pretty tasty : )

tyne-teas.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/spicy-chicken-drumsticks.html

littlegreengloworm Thu 24-Apr-14 21:44:52

I do quiche I think

Or a nice Greek salad

Or a cheesecake - probably this and I would do a few rice crispie buns too

ThinkIveBeenHacked Thu 24-Apr-14 21:46:00

Bruschetta?
Some topped with tomato, basil, oil and garlic and some topped with goats cheese and caramelised onions.

Nocomet Thu 24-Apr-14 22:15:53

DD2 would love you if you do pizza, sausage rolls or chicken drumsticks. Also grapes, red pepper, cucumber & carrot sticks.

Lots of DCs look at buffets and go hmm. They don't necessarily like quiche and are very suspicious of salad dressing and mayonnaise.

Even at 13, DD2 insists mayonnaise is evil (and fattening too. This is true, but so are Jaffa cakes and ice cream and she never pulls a face at those.)

MrsGarvey Thu 24-Apr-14 23:18:36

Homemade sausage rolls - easy and taste so much better than shop bought, baste with egg and sprinkle the top with a little sea salt for a great taste. Sweets - rocky road or malteser cake. Orange and almond cake.

Gerty1002 Fri 25-Apr-14 07:56:28

I'd probably make some flatbreads, crusty bread and dips - tzatziki and my famous sweet potato houmous!

For sweet I'd probably do lemon drizzle cake

misshoohaa Fri 25-Apr-14 07:57:59

Gerty - would you share that recipe? Sweet potato hommus sounds delicious!!!! Pretty please??

Gerty1002 Fri 25-Apr-14 10:23:33

Well I just kind of wing it! I personally think it's all about tasting as you go with houmous, so roughly follow a basic recipe like the one below and taste for seasoning. I then just add a few boiled/steamed sweet potatoes and some lots of paprika until it tastes good!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/quickhummousandolive_71473

Sorry I can't link as on mobile app.

Enjoy!

ManicMinor Fri 25-Apr-14 11:11:38

Thanks all! Agree that flatbreads and houmous sounds nice! My natural preference would be something easy but in-laws tend to think I'm not as 'homemaker' as I could be (ie I have a job!), so would like it to look like I've made an effort!

The hairy bikers mince beef pinwheels are always popular at my parties with children and adults, but they are not what I would deem impressive. They are googleable but I'm on phone so can't link.

Spanish style tortilla? It's sliceable and better cold. Or pea and asparagus quiche given the time of year.

I also like to make two pates, one mackerel and one chicken liver and take these in glass jars to family parties with a French stick. Homemade pate is stupidly easy but quite impressive homemaker wise.

I am not a fan of drumsticks at standing parties due to the bone issue, but they did look very nice.

Fcukfifa Fri 25-Apr-14 11:53:31

We made some Jamaican patties for my sons 1st party, they disappeared in about 3 minutes!
Also did jerk chicken, rice etc, went down a treat

starfishmummy Fri 25-Apr-14 12:01:53

Delias chocolate trifles are easy (especially if you do them all plain rolled in cocoa). They can be made ahead and frozen. So you could add a few to whatever else you take for extra brownie points!

Quinteszilla Fri 25-Apr-14 12:04:46

Olive and goats cheese savoury muffins with rosemary. Even kids love them. Well, my kids do.

starfishmummy Fri 25-Apr-14 12:06:15

Sorry that should be truffles

WilsonFrickett Fri 25-Apr-14 12:45:06

I have fed all sorts of people all sorts of things in my time, and I am always shock by the kudos you get for making your own houmous. Easiest thing in the world but people seem to think you're some sort of domestic goddess...

Gerty1002 Fri 25-Apr-14 13:09:56

Agree Wilson, and OP if you can make a decent loaf and a few flatbreads yourself you'll be hailed as the high priestess of domesticity grin

WilsonFrickett Fri 25-Apr-14 14:30:01

The first few times I did a lot of 'Seriously? Chickpeas in a blender? You think that's cooking??' Gerty but now I simply smile and nod in a suitably enigmatic way, thus preserving the fiction that I have worked Very Hard Indeed. grin

Baklava will go down well in a buffet, or onion bhajis/tempura/onion rings/falafel

Gerty1002 Fri 25-Apr-14 15:35:05

Ooh falafel is another very good 'chickpeas in a blender' food! Very easy and would be nice with the flatbreads and dip actually!

Shosha1 Fri 25-Apr-14 15:49:18

Salmon Pie

Made it last week with just stuff I had in. Was a brilliant success.

Filo pastry
Salmon slices
3 eggs
Creme fraiche
Oil

Tart tray

Baking paper on bottom of tart tray, make it bigger to lift pie out with

8 leaves if filo, brush each with oil and make sure they are over hanging the tray.

Mix eggs and creme fraiche together. Season and tip on top of the filo. Tear up the salmon and add to filling.

Fold over lapping ends back over the pie till enclosed

Put into a medium oven ( gas 5) for 30 minutes.

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