Lunch party for meat eaters and vegetarians

(32 Posts)
GnomeDePlume Fri 22-Jul-16 22:12:21

It is our silver wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks. We have family coming over for a lunch party, 12 people to feed. 3 are vegetarian. Everyone else is a mixture of omnivore and dedicated carnivore

We are aiming for a sit down lunch, outdoors if weather permits.

So we were thinking starter of Charentais melon with grilled haloumi and saucisson served separately in different bowls.

We will have a cheese course (lots of cheese eaters in the family)

We will have desert probably including Eton mess.

We have an allotment with a plentiful supply of potatoes, onions, courgettes, garlic, french beans.

DH is a good cook.

Please, can anyone suggest a couple of main courses?

DrownedGirl Fri 22-Jul-16 22:21:23

Garlic potato wedges
Courgette quiche
Roasted chicken
Steamed green beans
Tomato salad?

DrownedGirl Fri 22-Jul-16 22:23:16

Or a ratatouille with couscous and a ratatouille-with-chicken in

DrownedGirl Fri 22-Jul-16 22:25:06

Vegetable or lamb kebabs
Herby potato salad with Greek yoghurt dressing

DrownedGirl Fri 22-Jul-16 22:27:35

Sliced potatoes and courgettes cooked with cream, garlic, Gruyere
A piece of beef or lamb
Carrots and green beans

bookbook Fri 22-Jul-16 22:31:02

Mushroom strogonoff
Chicken in yoghurt with cardomom - I love this recipe by Nigel Slater ( I use chicken breasts, not supremes )-
www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2003/mar/30/foodanddrink.shopping2

NewStickers Fri 22-Jul-16 23:22:45

Look at yotam ottolenghi for good vegetarian main courses. Also something from the Middle East - the book Veggiestan is very good for that. Imo creamy sauces or recipes where you replace the meat with a vegetable never really work.

GnomeDePlume Fri 22-Jul-16 23:44:00

Thanks everone, some deilcious food for thought

NewStickers I think you are right'

SuburbanRhonda Fri 22-Jul-16 23:48:13

Sliced potatoes and courgettes cooked with cream, garlic, Gruyere

Gruyere isn't suitable for vegetarians.

lastqueenofscotland Sat 23-Jul-16 07:34:49

Have a veggie main?
Risotto, something pasta based, a veggie tagine with cous cous, ratatouille with nice bread etc

Soakingupsomesunshine Sat 23-Jul-16 07:45:44

A couple of quiches or puff pastry tarts with new potatoes and lots of nice salads? Maybe a side of salmon for the non veggies.

BikeRunSki Sat 23-Jul-16 07:48:07

I really hope this is about the family party we are going to soon!

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sat 23-Jul-16 07:50:34

All sounds great, and congratulations in advance! I'd just say that you should be prepared (as I'm sure you are anyway) for the omnivores to try a bit of everything so you'll need lots of veggie stuff to make sure the vegetarians aren't left without a decent main course. I'm always puzzled by people (not on this thread) who think that people who eat meat will only eat meat, as my impression is that most of us will eat all sorts of things.

DrownedGirl Sat 23-Jul-16 09:38:55

That was my thought.
I actually do like things like potato and cream, veg, salads (been a veggy since I was 11)

I eat Gruyere, too blush

FenellaMaxwell Sat 23-Jul-16 09:48:56

I would do goats cheese and balsamic onion tarts (sooooo easy, you can use ready rolled puff pastry), a big green salad, a tomato and mozzarella salad, and potato salad with lots of herbs in and lots of very cold white wine. summery and light, and very, very easy!

GnomeDePlume Sat 23-Jul-16 10:35:17

Some lovely suggestions here, thank you.

I looked at the yotam ottolenghi website (thank you for the tip NewStickers).

I am starting to lean towards the idea of having a number of different main course dishes along side roasted allotment veg:

roast vegetable flan
roasted pork belly
chicken with lemon

Right, I need another dish suitable for vegetarians.

GnomeDePlume Sat 23-Jul-16 10:36:42

I like the sound of goats cheese tarts.

SuburbanRhonda Sat 23-Jul-16 11:54:24

Any puff pastry tart can be la bit dry unless you serve it with some kind of sauce.

Also if you're serving a vegetable flan you might not want another pastry dish.

Is there anything you could do that would go with the accompaniments for the meat dishes?

DrownedGirl Sat 23-Jul-16 12:04:01

An aubergine parmigiana or something similar would go nicely with those other dishes. Or perhaps a spinach roulade or nut roast or a stuffed marrow if you could put your hands on one ... Or stuffed butternut squash

Or make stuffed sweet potatoes or peppers - I like the latter with a mix of breadcrumbs, almond powder, chopped mushrooms and cheese

DrownedGirl Sat 23-Jul-16 12:10:48

I also do a nice thing with sliced peppers (frozen are fine)
Cook till soft and sweet with onion, garlic, olive oil, turmeric, cumin, coriander

Layer with grated crumbly white cheese, pour over a jug of seasoned sour cream/beaten egg

DrownedGirl Sat 23-Jul-16 12:10:58

And bake

originaldoozy Sat 23-Jul-16 12:18:55

www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4540/crispy-greekstyle-pie-
This pie is yummy. as the recipe says ... keep it veggie or add chicken!

GnomeDePlume Sat 23-Jul-16 13:02:26

How about peppers stuffed with ratatouille and mushrooms stuffed with crumbly cheese and breadcrumbs

DrownedGirl your pepper fritata thing sounds delicious

GnomeDePlume Sat 23-Jul-16 13:31:12

Right, latest menu:

Starter
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Melon
Saucisson
Grilled haloumi
Olives
Goats cheese & honey

Main course
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Roast lamb
Vegetable lasagne
Roast vegetable flan
Guinea fowl cooked with rosemary & garlic

Sides:
Ratatouille
Potatoes cooked with garlic
Green salad

Does this sound okay?

DrownedGirl Sat 23-Jul-16 13:31:42

It is, very yummy
The sour cream is more like a custard ... Only one egg ... So it's just set. The spicy pepper juice sort of oozes up through it.

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