Post # 1
Our venue contacted me to let me know the caterer is ready to set up the food tasting. The bummer – we only get to try two main dishes and two side dishes. LAME!
The Groomsmen of our venue is a friend and she has already highly recommended the chicken spedini for the main dish, so we’re having that for sure. My daughter loves pasta so we’ve decided on baked ziti for one of the sides. I originally wanted the green bean almondine but Fiance thinks that would be weird and wants steamed veggies (which seem boring to me). What do you think – we need one more side dish? We also get salad with dressing choices and a bread assortment, plus will be having hor’dveurs. These are the side chocies:
Seasoned Mashed Potato
Garlic Mashed Potato
Potato Au Gratin
Garlic Baby Red Potato
Herb Roasted Potato
Green Bean Almondine
Green Bean Casserole
Wild Rice Pilaf
Corn in Butter Sauce
Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Fresh Fruit Salad*
Garlic Pasta Salad
Marinated Veggie Salad
Post # 3
Can you describe what chicken spedini is? I’ve never heard of that so without knowing the flavors it would be hard to suggest good side dishes.
Post # 4
It’s Italian chicken served on a skewer.
Italian Chicken Spedini
SERVES 2 PEOPLE
6 boneless, skinless chickn breast halves, pounded out to be about 1/4 inch thick
2 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup olive oil 4 garlic cloves chopped small
1 Tbsp. fresh minced parsley
3 cups Cascone’s Lemon Garlic Marinade 6 Metal or wooden skewers Salt & Pepper to taste
STEP 1 : Mix together bread crumbs, cheeses, salt, pepper, parsley, and garlic
STEP 2 : Place chicken on foil.
STEP 3 : Add bread crumb mixture on to chicken that has been dipped in olive oil, then roll chicken breast and secure with toothpicks; insert on skewer.
STEP 4 : Place on broiler rack 5 inches below flame and broil 5 minutes until golden brown. Turn and boil another 5 minutes. Repeat until done. STEP 5 : Top with Lemon Garlic Marinade
Post # 5
Garlic Baby Red
Marinated Veggie Salad
Each of these seem to go with the Italian food theme.
Post # 6
Gotcha. So it sounds like the chicken has italian flavors and obviously the baked ziti is Italian too. I usually do Asparagus as the vegetable when I make Italian food for dinner, so that would be my suggestion. I also pretty much always love green bean casserole but that would probably be too heavy since you’re already doing the baked ziti. With so many side options I’m really surprised they don’t have anything with spinach. I think some sauteed spinach with garlic would be a great side with that.
Post # 7
I love green bean casserole and would LOVE to have that at my wedding! But that may not go as well with your menu!
I aways think asparagus and mashed potatoes make a good choice!
Post # 8
@Moose1209: I agree w the carb overload. I think they are definitely having steamed veggies too.
Post # 9
I love POTATOES (any and all kinds) but with the pasta, we thought we shouldn’t have another starch?
Post # 10
@milesbella: Absolutely right. You definitely don’t want your two sides to be pasta and potatoes. Everyone will go into a carb coma and not be able to dance : )
ETA: I actually think one potato and one veggie would be a better option and more of a crowd pleaser than including baked ziti since that is basically a meal in itself. Maybe they would make a special portion just for your daughter?
Post # 11
I love asparagus but seems like a lot of people don’t (according to my friends). Another friend said the steamed veggies tend to get cold too quickly? This will be served on a buffet with 175 people so it will take awhile to get everyone through. Who would have ever thought putting a menu together would be so difficult.
Post # 12
@Moose1209: That’s a good idea and I’m sure they’d be willing to accommodate her. My concern is that we’re not having another main dish (beef or fish) and what if someone doesn’t like chicken…then they could have the pasta. We can’t afford two main dishes so I thought by using the pasta as a side dish, it would give more bulk (for those who don’t like the chicken). Am I putting too much energy/thought into this?
Post # 13
Marinated Veggie Salad it is! LOL. No but really if its portabella mushrooms and sundried tomatoes and rosted peppers. YUM!
Post # 14
@milesbella:I think yu need a green veggie. My vote is for asparagus.
Post # 15
what about roasted vegetables instead of steamed? Seems easier for the caterer to overcook something if it’s steamed for a large crowd.
I love the idea of asparagus because it’s so attractive on a plate and give some depth to do your dinner. 🙂