Post # 1
So FI’s family is coming over for dinner (parents, aunts, uncles, and all) and I need help putting together a menu.
FI really wants me to make turkey so I am thinking of making a big turkey and serving that with brussel sprouts and roasted potatoes and serving red velvet cake for dessert. Is that enough? Should I have something appetizery…? I have never hosted a dinner before… ever! I really want to make this one a success.
Post # 3
@CrazyCatLady13: I’d add another side, especially because brussel sprouts aren’t everyone’s favorite. Maybe a salad or a squash and cranberry salad or roasted tomatos. I also find a little bit of finger foods help people while I am finishing dinner. Cheese and crackers, carrots and hummus, and tomatos and mozzarella are easy.
Post # 4
When I cook for a lot of people I try and cook about 4-5 sides so everyone will find something they like. So if you’re cooking turkey you can do the brussel sprouts, potatoes, carrots, a vegetable casserole (corn pudding, green bean casserole or broccoli casserole) and dressing. As an appetizer I would make stuffed mushrooms, too. But thats just me, I like to cook way more than I’ll need. The dessert sounds nice, too.
Post # 5
@CrazyCatLady13: I say have your Fiance cook the Turkey so you can focus on the sides! That way the bird gets the attention it needs, and you can work on your sides without being distracted to pieces!
Post # 6
I’d do a salad. Maybe some dinner rolls?
For apps? Bread/crackers and cheese/dip? Then some veggie sticks and dip?
Post # 7
Thanks for the ideas. I think appetizers are a good idea and dinner rolls. Maybe carrots as another side dish? I just don’t like salad since that might involve taking the bowls out and I’m lazy.
I wouldn’t let FI anywhere near my kitchen. He barely knows how to use the microwave. Much safer if I handle everything myself
Post # 8
@CrazyCatLady13: I would add a salad, bread, and 2 other sides. I would also add some easy appetizers like cheese and crackers and veggies and dip. Also, be sure to have a variety of drink on hand, like water, soda, tea, coffee.
I know you said that you don’t want to do salad because you’re lazy, but you’re making a dinner for other people, not just yourself. You need to make sure that there’s plenty of food. If you’ve been to his family for dinner, base how much you need (quanity and variety) off of that.
Also, from personal experience, I would suggest preping the sides a day or 2 in advance, so it’s less work on the day of the dinner.