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What to make for a family get together?

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mamapants Sat 31-Oct-15 15:08:45

There will be about fifteen, including four children.
Two only eat meat and two veg type food.
One is a vegetarian and I think a bit fussy.
One doesn't like goats cheese.
One child is extremely limited and has previously not eaten anything at a do at my house before.
So what would you prepare to keep everyone happy.

KatharineClifton Sat 31-Oct-15 15:26:50

Pizza and pasta salad.

Boredofthinkingofnewnames Sat 31-Oct-15 15:34:32

Posh hot dogs and salad. Veg sausage for the veggie
Beef bourgignon or some type of stew - vat of it in oven or slow cooker with rice and salad and a fish pie (of veggie eats fish?)

desperatelyseekingamovingdate Sat 31-Oct-15 15:36:27

I am doing a similar thing - thankfully no fussy eaters.

I am making chicken kebabs, with salad and hm flatbreads. In the past i have done 3 types of soup - lentil and bacon, chinese chicken and a curried roasted veg served with hm bread.

Another time (i have done this alot!) bread, deli meats, salads and cheese- sort of spanish style.

Lasagne is a fail safe as is jacket potatoes with different help yourself fillings, cheese, beans, coleslaw, chilli.

Top yourself pizzas - using pre bought bases.

Or pasta and salad

I try and do make a head things so i am not tied to the kitchen.
Good luck

Clobbered Sat 31-Oct-15 15:36:39

Perhaps worth finding out from parent of very fussy eater and vegetarians what they will and won't eat. Then come up with something fairly simple that suits everyone, and you can do a smaller portion of veggie option
eg lasagnas, sausage and mash, quiches etc
or you could do a cold buffet with lots of plates of one ingredient and then everyone can assemble a meal of things that they like?

Chelsea26 Sat 31-Oct-15 15:41:24

Veggie and meat curry, rice, naan's and poppadoms. Fussy child can just eat the side orders - easy to prepare in advance and heat up on the day.

OSETmum Sat 31-Oct-15 15:52:34

I'm doing similar. No fussy eaters but dniece is coeliac and sil is vegetarian. I was going to do lasagne but I'd have to do 3 different ones so I'm going to do a load jacket potatoes, a chilli in the slow cooker (meat) then the usual jacket potato fillings, salad etc. That way there's something for everybody. I was worried it wasn't 'posh' enough but my brother and sil had this for their wedding evening do so if it's good enough for that...

Everyone is bringing a desert so there will be plenty!

mamapants Sat 31-Oct-15 15:55:49

Everything so far sounds lovely but none of them would work for the fussy ones. The meat and veg men wouldn't eat lasagne or curry or pasta or anything like that.
So I'm thinking I need to do a buffet type thing but I want it to be a hot buffet that caters to everyone without being too random.
I was thinking a cooked ham and maybe jacket potatoes for the plain food lovers, but would need things to go with it and something vegetarian. Have previously made a lovely leek and goats cheese pie but the vegetarian didn't have any just ate a bit of pastry off the side so am assuming they didn't fancy that.

mamapants Sat 31-Oct-15 15:59:12

Cross post OSET. That could potentially work. Various options for jacket potatoes might please everyone.
Could do curry or chilli veggie and meat versions. Maybe just a load of grated cheese or something as a fail safe. And some veg sides that people can eat or not.

OSETmum Sat 31-Oct-15 16:02:26

Sounds perfect to me! With cheese, tuna, coleslaw, even baked beans to go alongside more adventurous options, there has to be something the fussy eaters will like!

mamapants Sat 31-Oct-15 16:02:41

Or is that too random. Cooked ham, and chilli and jacket potatoes ... And something specifically veggie or not...

Penfold007 Sat 31-Oct-15 16:03:03

mamapants do you if there are any foods that fussy, veggie and child do like? Might make planning a bit easier if you can include these foods.

mamapants Sat 31-Oct-15 16:10:57

OK I know one of them likes cooked ham and cheese sandwiches.
Other one likes cooked ham, cheese sandwiches, cheese and ham sandwiches.
Veggie says shes not fussy but I think is really, I've seen her eat salad before.
Not sure about the child either the mum says he will eat most things but last time I had them round I'd done boiled potatoes, salad, sausages, cold meats, cous cous salad, meat pie, vegetarian pie, and some other stuff I can't remember and he didn't eat anything.

Penfold007 Sat 31-Oct-15 16:47:56

So cooking a decent sized ham would make sense, I do mine in ginger beer then glaze it with a mix of ginger jam and mustard.

Slice the ham, offer a selection of cheeses alongside salad, jacket potatoes and fresh rolls. Guests can help themselves to what ever they fancy.

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