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New Year's Eve middle-eastern-style buffet - does this sound ok? am I missing anything obvious?

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TheKitchenWitch Fri 29-Dec-17 11:58:19

Catering for 8 adults, 2 preteens, 2 small children
1 is a vegetarian

Warm dish:
Chicken Tagine with Couscous

Finger Foods:
Spicy Meatballs

Sauces (for eating with meatballs, falafel and bread):
Muhammara (red pepper dip)
Baba Ganoush
Shakshuka -style (spicy tomato) Sauce

Tomato & Cucumber Herbed Salad

Pita Breads

Chocolate Mousse

Cheese Board

Pomegranate Punch Bowl (non alcoholic)

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IHeartKingThistle Fri 29-Dec-17 12:01:55

I love this sort of food. Sounds fab but I'd maybe swap out one of the red dips for a yogurt/mint/cucumber one.

TheKitchenWitch Fri 29-Dec-17 12:05:55

Labneh is a thick yogurt-cheese dip.
The only real problem I have is that I would like to make the meatballs very spicy but not everyone eats hot. So I thought I'd do a really spicy tomoato sauce to dip them in, but so the non-spicers also get a "red" dipping sauce, I'm doing the red pepper one.
Am I over think this? :D

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amistillsexy Fri 29-Dec-17 12:06:34

I'd want to do something like the chicken dish that is vegetarian...maybe just roast some peppers, courgette and aubergine to eat with the couscous. Otherwise, all the vegetarian can eat is falafel, pitta and dips.

TheKitchenWitch Fri 29-Dec-17 12:06:58

The cheese board later is obviously not very middle eastern, but we all just love cheese so after midnight if anyone fancies anything I figured they can either pick at buffet or have the cheese.

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SparklyUnicornTractors Fri 29-Dec-17 12:25:38

Nothing useful to add but drooling.... that sounds amazing!

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 29-Dec-17 12:27:32

It sounds lovely, but I'd make the tagine veggie, then the meat eaters can have the meatballs too.

ChardonnaysPrettySister Fri 29-Dec-17 12:28:06

You need some baklava.

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 29-Dec-17 12:35:14

I was eating baklava just last night, bought it as Sainsbos had run out of stollen

TheKitchenWitch Fri 29-Dec-17 12:50:06

I don't have the time & energy to make baklava, although I know it would be perfect.

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MiserableAsSin Fri 29-Dec-17 12:55:07

Could you do mahallabiya or umm Ali for pudding? It all sounds divine by the way although i second roasting some veggies so the vegetarian can have couscous too.

SuperLoudPoppingAction Fri 29-Dec-17 13:02:49

Not enough for a veggie - maybe sambosek with cheese?
Tabbouleh is a mainstay at any middle-eastern buffet I've been to.
I like bamya/okra in tomato sauce.

Hulder Fri 29-Dec-17 20:41:37

Sounds great. Agree would be nice to have at least one Middle Eastern pudding, doesn't need to be baklava I would buy this from Lidl

Mahallabiya (multiple spellings on google) is easy to do, doesn't need obscure ingredients and can be served in individual glasses.

TheKitchenWitch Sat 30-Dec-17 11:53:09

Thanks for the ideas! Googling to see what’s doable without having to brave the shops again....grin

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