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Old 11-21-2007, 03:24 AM   #11
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I'm not sure a dozen cannoli would feed 12 Germans for our Christmas eve!

Not that there's anything wrong with that.....
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:01 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Michael in FtW View Post
Elaine - I'm a little confused (that doesn't take much at my age) - are you wanting to depart from celebrating the traditional "Feast of the 7 Fishes" for some reason - or are you just having trouble finding 7 "fish" recipes that don't require a sit-down dinner?

Will there be any sit-down eating - or a place for some people to sit and eat while others hover around and mingle - or does it all need to be stand-up buffet cocktail appetizer type fare?
The reason is that I am not crazy about fish. This will be a sit down dinner but just don't care to spend all the time at the dining table. Appetizers and dessert not to be served at the table.

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Old 11-21-2007, 10:36 AM   #13
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My recipes won't acommodate 25, but here are some thoughts:

Antipasti or antipasti pasta salad

And/Or a seafood salad

Italian Wedding Soup

Seafood Ministrone (Have a recipe but, again, not for a large crowd.)

Ravioli Nudi (Naked Ravioli) - Here's a peek:
Global Holiday Recipe: Ravioli Nudi (Naked Ravioli)

Butternut squash-filled ravioli w butter sage sauce (posted here & on foodnetwork)

Or - Gnocci (gratin, etc.) (Posted a recipe here)

Or - Linguine and fresh clams

Main dish - if you were a fish lover, I would go with salmon wellintong (salmon wrapped in puff pastry)

Or a standing Rib Roast

Or roast and Yorkshire pudding, creamed corn & spinach (or spinach souffle)

Dessert - First thing that came to my mind:

Chocolate cannolli (buy the shells & fill yourself)

And/or Tartufo

Cheesecake - Everyone loves cheesecake.

Fruit /cheese/wine (Brie En Croute) - I like to serve w smoked oysters on crackers.

My head is filled w turkey right now, so remind me again after Thanksgiving

Have a great party
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Old 11-21-2007, 02:36 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Michael in FtW View Post
LOL VB - a "dozen" canoli for 25 Italians on Chfistmas eve?

What was I thinking?????????????????? hahahahha. In my defense, I did forget how many people were coming to dinner.

Or...the dozen canoli from Michaels are for me...?
How can we sleep while our beds are burning???
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:19 AM   #15
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elaine I,
Using VeraBlue's idea, let me suggest you a different cocktail shrimp.

Cocktail ingredients
Three green apples
Cup of roasted walnuts
One Lb of cooked and peeled giant shrimp
One celery stalk cut in 1/2 inch slices
Two advocados
One lemon
Sugar to sprinkle over advocados (optional)
Marie-Rose sauce
4 tbspoons of mayo
4 tbspoons of ketchup
Cayenne pepper
Horseradish (optional)

Marie-Rose Sauce
Mix mayo and ketchup and add lemon juice and pepper to taste.
Add horseradish if desired.
Cocktail ingredients
Peel, remove seed and dice advocados, cut the lemon in half and squeeze one half over advocados ensuring all are wet. Optional: Sprinkle sugar over wet advocados, specially recommended if you prepare the Marie-Rose with horseradish.
Peel, remove seeds and dice apples, squeeze the other lemon half over the apples also ensuring all cubes are wet.
Mix advocados, walnuts, celery and apples.
Incorporate Marie-Rose sauce and mix.
Divide the mix in equal parts and put into glasses
Divide shrimp equally among glasses and add to the edges

This goes well with Prosseco.
I hope you like it, it should be made one hour before is served to avoid having black apples/advocados. Should serve 6/8 depending on the size of the cups you are using.
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Old 12-05-2007, 04:00 AM   #16
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For the main dish I'd go with a pasta with red sauce. A lasagna can be made in advance. I'm of French-Canadian background, so I have it easy .... tourtiere for everyone! Lots of meat.
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:02 AM   #17
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Here's an idea for gnocchi: A local tapas place serves a potato gnocchi with lump blue crab in cream sauce, topped with wilted spinach. It was just delicious.

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. ~ George Miller
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