I'm going to have to try and copy them and make my own. Any tips, thoughts, alternative recipes gratefully received. It's for DS's birthday BBQ, approx. 8 teenagers, 14/16 adults. A Good housekeeping entertaining guide suggest I keep it fairly simple so I'm thinking..
strozzapeti pasta salad with cherry toms, rocket, pine nuts (copied from M&S party food website)
roasted sweet potato pieces with roasted peppers and red onion, mixed with kale, pumpkin seed and spring onion. drizzle of soured cream on top(copied from M&S party food website)
lettuce (green and red leaves), santini tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, yellow peppers (coped from M&S party food website)
shop bought coleslaw tub (or should I make my own?) new potatoes and of course, the bbq meat which will be whatever DH chooses but usually chicken, ribs and burgers.
thoughts very gratefully received. I'm not good at entertaining; I don't do it enough and so have no confidence in my food choices etc.
I think potato salad is nicer than pasta, especially at this time of year with fresh new potatoes. I would be fine with shop bought coleslaw, but it is easy to make if you have a food processor. I think Greek salad (sliced toms, red onion, olives, feta, cucumber, dried oregano and a dash of oil and vinegar) is really hard to beat for a bbq.
thanks for the replies. I'm with you on leaving the dressings on the side Superloud. What do I add to the new potatoes to make then look (and teste) special? Would I do the greek salad instead of one of the options above or as well as?
Potato salad made with thinly sliced spring onions (or very finely sliced red or ordinary onions), well seasoned with salt and pepper, dressing made by mixing about 50-60% mayonnaise with 40-50% natural yoghurt, or perhaps a couple of large tablespoons of each and a teaspoon or so of crème fraiche. Makes the dressing much nicer, and lighter, than fully mayonnaise. If at all possible, add the dressing while the potatoes are still hot, as they will absorb some of it and makes them even more nom nom nom!
I also like capers sometimes - but you could put some on the side for anyone who would like to add them themselves.