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Old 06-14-2005, 09:38 AM   #1
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Ideas requested - Southwestern Theme Lunch

A couple of us are throwing a baby shower for my sister in law and I have decided to go with a Southwestern theme menu.

Since the guests will arrive around noon I want to make this a lunch affair with a substantial menu.

Most guests who will visit don't eat Pork (more a cultural/religious thing) and also no alcohol. Other than that everything else is fine.

It will be for 50 women (yes we have a large circle of family and friends and cousins) so I need simple yet substantial recipes.

Here is my plan for the menu:

Fajita bar - Steak and Chicken both that will be served with a varitey of condiments - Ideas would be great
Beef Enchilada's - Not sure if there is an easy way to make them for so many people so please share any thoughts especially those with catering experience
Some sort of salsa w/chips- thinking of black bean with roasted corn and other fruits and red onions. Ideas or other suggestions welcomed
Corn bread
Spanish Rice - Never made them before so a recipe would be welcomed

I would appreciate suggestions if there are other easy items that can be added/replaced. I don't want to spend the entire time slogging so I want something easy for that large of a crowd.

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Old 06-14-2005, 09:49 AM   #2
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A large pot of chili with corn bread and cheese to go with it.

Quesadillas. Assemble ahead of time, them just cook and cut into wedges for service.
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:26 AM   #3
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Beef Enchiladas are easy and delish if you "stack them" instead of "rolling them".....

Just use a casserole dish and "layer them"
Put alil Sauce in the dish...
Tortillas placed around in dish...
Sauce poured on top of these...
Beef sprinkled all around
Cheese atop ...
Repeat....

Kinda like you do
scalloped potatos...
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:44 AM   #4
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Texas Tamale that's a great idea and sounds really easy too. Do you know if I can assemble the Enchilada's and freeze them and then bake them the day of the shower.


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This is a really good appitizer to feed a bunch of people.

Texas Caviar
1(15 1/2oz)can yellow hominy, drained
1(15oz)can black eyed peas, drained
3 green onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 medium sized green peppr, seeded & diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded & minced
1/3C chopped fresh parsley
1/4C chopped onion
1/2C commercial zesty Italian salad dressing
Garnish: fresh parsely sprigs
Tortilla Chips

Combine first 9 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir well. Pour salad dressing over black eyed pea mixture; toss gently. Cover & chill thoroughly. Toss again before serving. Garnish if desired. Serve with tortilla chips. Yield: 6 1/2 cups.
This recipe makes a heafty yield for a crowd. Add a 15 ounce can of black beans, drained , to make the recipe serve even more.
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Old 06-14-2005, 11:55 AM   #6
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Your Welcome!

I do not think they would freeze well though
The tortillas tend to get mushy when frozen and reheated...
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:06 PM   #7
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Crewsk, sounds easy and really good. I will make a small batch and test it out and then go with it.

Texas Tamale no worries, as you can tell I am trying to do what I can ahead of time so cleaning is all that I have left for the morning but I can get the other things done and just leave assembly for the end. Should not be too bad.

Any other ideas are welcomed, especially on making good Spanish rice.
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:16 PM   #8
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This is One of My Fav's....

Gazpacho Dip

3 tablespoons vegtable oil
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic (powder)
1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
1 4oz can chopped black olives, drained
1 4oz can chopped green chiles
2 to 3 fresh tomatos, finely chopped
4 green onions stems and all, finely chopped

Blend Oil,Vinegar,salt, garlic, and Black pepper. Stir in rest of ingredients. Chill several hours before serving (this will be great to make the day before)

I would double this recipe for a large family (how wonderful to have such a large Family!)

Digging around for my Spanish Rice Recipe....
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Old 06-14-2005, 12:50 PM   #9
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Arroz Central Cafe
(Central Cafe Rice)
Serves 4 to 6

1 cup long grain rice
1/2 onion chopped (yellow or white)
1 4oz can green chile (drained)
1/2 can of 14.5 oz can chopped tomatos (drained)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon vegtable oil
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon salt

One of the secrets to good Spanish Rice is to "brown" the rice first.(IMHO)...
Add the oil to the Sauce Pot (med heat)...pour in Rice and stir...rice will start to get chalk white....keep stiring occasionally until Rice becomes "toasted" (light brown)...add the onion....stir until onions are soft... add garlic,tomatos, green chiles, salt, and chicken stock, stir.....cover and simmer for about 20 minutes (like you would regular rice)
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Old 06-14-2005, 01:47 PM   #10
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Texas Tamale all these wonderful recipes are getting me really excited for the party. The Spanish rice recipe sounds easy and flavorful. I think I am getting really hungry right now and may have to make these beforehand to satisfy my spicy food cravings.
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