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Old 09-04-2006, 06:28 PM   #1
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ISO menu ideas

My ladies guild group is putting together a menu for our next luncheon, coming up early in October. So far we have:
Moroccan Chicken (chicken tenders with spicy tomato sauce & raisins served over garlic/olive oil couscous)
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Side Dish of julienned zucchini and carrots

what's a good thing to complete the plate here? bread?

Also searching for ideas for an appetizer and dessert on this menu.

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Old 09-04-2006, 06:44 PM   #2
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Keeping the mediterranean/Arabic theme, how about Falafels for appetizer, and Fattoush for salad?

(my recipe for falafels are oven baked, but of course if you prefer, they can be deep fried in a traditional manner as well!)

For a dessert, baklava?
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Old 09-04-2006, 06:48 PM   #3
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You could have pita for the bread to scoop up the great sauce.

How about Dolmades for an appy?
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I love Jans appy idea.. for the dessert since its in october what about something apple..

like baked apples or Apple dumplings with a cinn. Vanilla sauce? or with a caramel sauce?
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Old 09-04-2006, 08:05 PM   #5
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Stuffed Dates

Since you have a Moraccon theme going, I think stuffed dates baked in honey might be a suitable sweet to go with the meal. Here's a traditional recipe:

http://www.godecookery.com/friends/frec59.htm
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Old 09-05-2006, 01:17 AM   #6
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Thanks for all the speedy replies which gave me some fabulous ideas in time for our meeting tomorrow...

I should have said further that we serve between 150 to 180 at our (fund-raising) luncheons so, sadly, things like grape leaves would break the budget.

Pita or flatbread will be great to fill out the plate. And the falafels sound amazing. I think our group of amateur volunteers will be leary of taking that on for the number of people we serve, but I'm adding it to my own "try this soon" file right now.

Thanks so much for the dessert ideas!!
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Old 09-05-2006, 07:43 AM   #7
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Hummus would be inexpensive but the pita bread might be redundant. I guess you could use the flatbread with the main dish.
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Hummus would be inexpensive but the pita bread might be redundant. I guess you could use the flatbread with the main dish.
I did think of hummus... but agree that it wouldn't be best choice if we use flatbread on the plate. Although, the appetizer is not served at the tables.

Here's the setup: The appetizer is set out along with the beverages (usually iced tea, water and coffee) as the ladies gather. They serve themselves at the beverage / appetizer tables, then sit at tables; program begins, luncheon is plated up in kitchen and served to the tables, then individual desserts(or dessert trays are carried to each table sometimes), then speaker.

So, maybe the pita bread won't seem so redundant, especially if it looks
different, cut up a different way or something. I'm still trying to picture what it would look like on the plate with the other two dishes. The other down side to hummus is that we've done it before, and we try not to repeat ourselves, which is getting more difficult now that we're about to complete our sixth year of carrying on these luncheons, served seven times a year since 2000.

Well, I'm off to the planning meeting. Thanks for listening.
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Old 09-05-2006, 08:46 AM   #9
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mix the appetizers: olives, feta cheese, hummus, baba ganoush etc, some flat bread, but also have some vegetables for dipping.
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That's a great idea, Robo.
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