Post # 1
Hi ladies! I could really use your help. I am hosting Book Club at my house and not feeling very inspired about what to serve… I could either do dinner or heavy hors, and I am pretty good cook, but I don’t have a lot of prep time. There will be plenty of wine
What would you get excited to see served if you were coming to Book Club at my house? What do you like to make when you have people over?
Post # 3
I like the idea of a theme. Was food important to any part of the plot of the book? I’d serve that. Also, if the story has a destination, serve food from that region.
If you don’t want to use a theme, go for finger sandwiches, cookies, squares, cheese and crackers, fruit and veggies.
Post # 4
Agree with smiley. I think it would be neat to match the food to the book if possible.
Otherwise, cheese and crackers, fruit, veggies – things that can be made ahead of time and stashed in the fridge.
Post # 5
I vote for finger foods as the PP mentioned. I think it breaks up the flow of the conversation when you have to stop for a full meal. I would much prefer to nibble and drink wine as we discussed the book.
Post # 6
I like @smileyd:‘s idea.
What book was it?
If I were going to a book club meeting I definitely would not expect dinner. Drinks and some light finger foods would be great (i.e. something you can eat with one hand with the book, or wine, in the other!)
Post # 7
I love the idea of matching the theme of the book. I would go with heavy hors.
Post # 8
I’m a big fan of baked brie at functions like this:
- 1/2 cup raspberry preserves
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
- 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half of 17.3-ounce package), thawed
- 1 13.2-ounce Baby Brie cheese (about 6 to 7 inches in diameter)
- 1 large egg, beaten to blend (for glaze)
- Crackers and baguette slices
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Preheat oven to 400°F. Stir preserves, berries and rosemary in small bowl to blend. Season berry mixture with pepper. Roll out pastry on lightly floured surface to 12-inch square. Cut top rind off cheese; discard rind. Place cheese, rindless side up, in center of pastry. Spoon raspberry mixture onto cheese. Fold pastry on 2 opposite sides over cheese. Brush remaining 2 sides of pastry with glaze. Fold over cheese; press seams to seal. Brush pastry with glaze; place on baking sheet.
Bake cheese until pastry is deep golden brown (top of pastry may split open), about 30 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes. Place baked cheese on serving platter. Surround with crackers, baguette slices, and grapes.
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Post # 9
I used to be in a book club and one girl made the most INCREDIBLE grilled cheese sandwiches. I still make them 🙂 So basically, she used whole grain bread (one of the fancy ones with sunflower seeds or whatever in it) and put in goat cheese, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms and fresh basil leaves. Omg. To die for. Plus you can prep the onions and mushrooms before hand pretty easily. I’d just let the goat cheese warm up on the counter for an hour or so before you want to spread it on the bread. It’s totally a favourite around our house 🙂 I’d likely serve it with some homemade (or fancy store bought) soup, and maybe put out some a cheese tray and chips and salsa or something for an appetizer.
I agree with what Smileyd said too, pairing the food with an element in the book is always a cool idea too! I got a girlfriend of mine a bookclub cookbook once that had 3 books/month to choose from, and then recipes to go with each. I don’t know if she ever used it, but if she didn’t I’d totally take it off her hands! LOL!
Post # 10
@septcabride:Where do you live?? Haha I LOVE book clubs! 🙂 I agree with going with a theme with the book that can be hard sometimes…but definately WINE 🙂 Finger foods, lots of cheeses…and like Spinach dips, maybe a homeade bruchetta with little pieces of bread…
I think that your guests will be thrilled with anything you provide 🙂
Post # 11
I live in DC. :o) We are reading “The Red Tent,” and I had originally planned on making a bunch of Middle Eastern food to pair with the book. BUT, then I had the great idea of making all PMS-craveable food instead. I am just coming up with any great ideas for what that entails…
Thank you all for your ideas – I am getting some good inspiration.
Post # 12
@septcabride: Ha! I love your idea. What about fondue?
Post # 13
@septcabride: I always crave nachos when I have PMS! LOL! And of course, chocolate (specifically chocolate cake).
Post # 14
Not knowing anything about the book, I would still go with the Middle Eastern theme! It would be incredibly easy to do and would also be finger food for the most part! You could even find a lot of these items at deli’s/specialty shops if you don’t have enough time to make everything from scratch.
Pita bread and hummus
Foul mudammas (my recipe below)
Stuffed grape leaves (you could probably even find these at a local deli)
fatayer (a bit like spanakopita)
Chicken shawarma (I like this recipe and aside from actually cooking the meat, can be done the night before!)
Baklava for dessert
My recipe for foul mudammas is mainly by taste…
fresh parsley or cilantro
salt, pepper, cumin
I start with 1 can of fava beans rinsed and drained and start to heat them gently in a pan on the stove with some good olive oil. (use enough to coat them generously) I add salt and pepper to taste along with some ground cumin. While that is heating up I crumble feta cheese (1/2 cup maybe?), kalamata olives quartered (1/4-1/2 cup after being cut), cucumber (1/2 medium-large) peeled and diced, small tomato diced. When the beans are warm, but not quite hot, pour them over the cheese/veggie blend, and mix gently. Finish with parsley or cilantro to taste. It can be served either warm or cold, either alone or with pita bread.
Post # 15
@Penguingal06: Those ideas sound great! Thank you!!!
@bakerella: I am DEFINITELY having chocolate cake. Obviously. :o)
Post # 16
@septcabride: That’s one of my favorite books! Enjoy!