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Kaz2200 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:12:29

I'm looking for inspiration having some friends round Saturday, six of us in total. I'm doing a sharing platter to start so ham figs and mozzarella, a lemon sorbet for dessert but I'm stuck for a main. I would like something a bit different but not to heavy. I've all day Saturday to prepare so happy give anything a go. I'm tempted to do a meze but think it's a bit samey as starter.

Brianna83 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:13:54

Ooh I did stuffed pasta shells for a similar meal with family. Giant pasta shells stuffed with Italian sausage meat and baked with a rich tomato sauce on top and a little cheese. Lovely side salad to go with.

Kaz2200 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:15:17

That was meant to be lemon posset for dessert.

Kaz2200 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:18:56

Pasta sound nice did you follow a recipe or just make it up.

Ellabella989 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:18:57

Could you do something like a moussaka with a couple of different side salads (meditarreanen leafy one and a Middle Eastern type couscous one) and also some griddled halloumi?

Kaz2200 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:19:43

Hmm I'm not keen on moussaka, but I could do something similar with the sides.

Ellabella989 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:24:47

Some sort of tagine would also work. Or a coq au vin type thing with salad sides and a dauphinois side

SummerintoAutumn Thu 03-Oct-19 09:28:22

Sausage and mushroom red wine casserole with mash and greens or crusty bread and salad.

Kaz2200 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:30:25

Just looking though Sabrina ghayour Persian a book thinking of doing rose petal lamb chops and seared beef with pomegranate and balsamic dressing.

Brianna83 Thu 03-Oct-19 09:44:08

It was this one op https://www.forkknifeswoon.com/spinach-and-ricotta-stuffed-shells/

Ricekrispie22 Thu 03-Oct-19 17:38:13

Salmon en croute

iklboo Thu 03-Oct-19 17:45:20

DS has just made savoury Chelsea buns with tomato purée, cheese, chorizo & mixed herbs. We had it with some anti pasti. Really easy and tasty.

Thenotes Thu 03-Oct-19 17:48:48

Casual dinner here means anything done in the slowcooket with simple sides. Curry, Chilli,Tagine.

It can wait until people are ready to eat and I can be with friends instead of in the kitchen

Legomadx2 Wed 09-Oct-19 17:18:13

Just looking though Sabrina ghayour Persian a book thinking of doing rose petal lamb chops and seared beef with pomegranate and balsamic dressing.

Fuck me, I wonder what a smart dinner party at yours looks like OP if this is casual!

Kaz2200 Wed 09-Oct-19 19:26:21

I meant casual eating as opposed to a heavy plated dinner. I ended up doing a shoulder of lamb cooked with spices and rose petal served with flatbreads, spiced roast potatoes and salads, and seared steak with a dressing all plonked on the table to help yourself.

managedmis Wed 09-Oct-19 19:29:40

www.google.com/url?q=https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1521/summerinwinter-chicken&sa=U&ved=2ahUKEwjHpNqv54_lAhWnVN8KHUt7C1gQFjAAegQICxAB&usg=AOvVaw0n41rVeg8vIQm5hyXjlu0U

This is very nice, elegant too

walkintheparc Wed 09-Oct-19 19:30:08

Fill Your own tacos... But fancy, stay away from the old del Paso.

Buy a load of shells, grill them and put on table.

I'd do one bowl of roasted butternut squash, a bowl of black beans, some grilled corn trimmed off the cob, and some feta for a veggie one, then slow cooked beef or pork shredded up in a spicy barbeque sauce.

Bowls of coriander, sour cream, guacamole, jalapeños.

managedmis Wed 09-Oct-19 19:30:58

Oops, just saw you cooked it already grin

walkintheparc Wed 09-Oct-19 19:31:27

Oops didn't read your last update

Cauliflowerpower Wed 09-Oct-19 19:41:53

I love nigella coq au riesling for an easy be very tasty one pot main... always goes down well

Cauliflowerpower Wed 09-Oct-19 19:43:41

Ooooh see you've already done it...

(((Waits patiently for invitation for next casual dinner party)))

Cordial11 Sun 13-Oct-19 13:23:49

@walkintheparc oh Im making this sounds yum! Is the butternut and black beans together?

Lunaballoon Wed 16-Oct-19 19:25:17

Brianna83 - the recipe you linked doesn’t have sausage in it. Did you adapt it?

doginthekitchen Wed 16-Oct-19 20:08:12

I ended up doing a shoulder of lamb cooked with spices and rose petal served with flatbreads, spiced roast potatoes and salads, and seared steak with a dressing all plonked on the table to help yourself The Americans call that family style. From your OP I would never have suggested anything like the menu you arrived at.
Hope you had a lovely time.

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