(Closed) Help with food ideas!

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@napabridekelsey:

Deviled eggs (old school, I know, but I love me some deviled eggs with dill and grainy mustard).

Mediterranean skewers with a cube of feta, a kalamata olive, & a cherry tomato drizzled with olive oil (we had something like that at our cocktail hour and it was a hit).

Fruit and cheese skewers.

Melon balls wrapped with prosciutto.

Brown bread squares or bagel chips with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

Post # 4
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4824 posts
Honey bee

I have given this site a few times, but its really helpful  http://www.ellenskitchen.com/bigpots/plan/wedding.html?

Also think what can be made way ahead and frozen and then reheated and placed in a warming tray or even a crockpot!

Pulled pork can be made ahead and defrosted and heated. Serve with rolls for self-assembled sandwiches. To perk it up have a few different types of BBQ sauces and mustards to put on the rolls

Meatlballs freeze well. For a fancy variation try an asian-inspired meatball with a lime dipping sauce

Skewers (on toothpicks) of 1/2 cherry tomatoes, mozzerella ball, roasted red pepper and or artichoke quarter. Drizzle with pesto.

you can buy and heat mini quiches from Costco or similar store.  Or you can make your own mini frittatas using a mini muffin pan. These freeze pretty well and reheat in the oven too.

A large roast such as a cheaper but tasty marinated cross rib roast roasted on 200 for several hours slices really nicely for a large crowd.  Serve with various mustards and horseradish sauces.  Its needs little attention while its being cooked. It can be served room temperature very nicely to keep its medium rare color.  Similar to pulled pork also provide small rolls to make into sandwichs.

you can sear sesame crusted ahi tuna and thinly slice it and refrigerate it the day before and serve cold on a nice bed of lettuce with a wasabi sauce.

 

Post # 6
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2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Here’s some ideas:

Dips:
• Hummus and Tabouli with pita chips, olives, salted almonds, cucumber raita, chorizo sausage
• Warm crab/shrimp dip with crackers and baguettes
• Warm brie
• Antipasta bar:
o Stuffed sweet and hot peppers (stuff with goat cheese, it’s very easy to do!)
o Marinated artichokes and mushrooms
o Roasted garlic and veggies
o Italian meats and cheeses

Little cups made from phyllo or hallowed cucumber, filled with: chicken salad, crab salad, lobster salad, waldorf salad, etc.

Pinwheel sandwiches (ham, turkey, etc.)

Post # 7
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4824 posts
Honey bee

@napabridekelsey: It could, but it probably is better warm. You can rent chafing dishes pretty cheap (which you would want for anything hot anyway like the meatballs)

Other fun but tasty utensil free foods could be

bake wonton wrappers in a mini muffin pan to create a cup then fill with anything! and can be served cold 

A feta cheese, oregano, olive, cucumber, red onion, tomato, cilantro salad.

A salmon mousse,

chive cream cheese, capers and smoked salmon

curried chicken salad with green grapes, 

seafood salad with old bay seasoning 

Everything can be done ahead of time, just assemble last minute. It assembles quickly

 

I love prosciutto wrapped blanched asparagus served cold as well

tomato halves pipped herbed whipped cream cheese on top (looks like a deviled egg kinda)

interesting quesadillas? brie and cranberry, blue cheese and apple, jerked chicken and Monterey etc.

Post # 9
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Costco has a Chicken teriyaki meatball – I cannot remember the brand my apology.

 

I used these for my Mad Men party and served them with cubes of pineapple on fancy toothpicks. They were a huge hit and there was virtually no labor whatsoever.

 

 

Post # 10
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654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not sure if you’re having any alcohol or any other specifics but I think it’s great that you’re thinking about making it a little more substantial and having a lot of variety.  I was just at a wedding last weekend that was all small bites.  It’s a great idea.  However, they only had 5 or 6 options the entire night and nothing was of substance and everything was cold.  Think little gazpacho shooters and a TINY shrimp on a mini costini.  None of what they offered was something I would eat and many of us were kinda not feeling it.  On the other hand, the bartenders were quite liberal with the drinks.  This led to a wild dance party.  Don’t get me wrong, we all had a blast and no one got out of hand.  However, we all hit up the buffet afterwards (destination wedding at an all inclusive) and ate like we were never going to eat again. 

Post # 13
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4824 posts
Honey bee

@napabridekelsey: Yuo can use regular muffin tins and make the cups bigger and cut egg roll wrappers to fit them (if the wonton ones are too small)

Other options for these is to think of it as a “whole meal” meaning layer foods in the cup that would make up a plate or a dish

Mexican- refried beans, pickled jalepenos, cheese, lettuce, avocado creme

Vietnamese- shredded cabbage and chicken, crushed peanuts, mint, cilantro with a Vietnamese vinaigrette

Japanese style marinated flank stank (soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar, oil) with chopped scallions and seasoned rice noodles

 

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