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Completing my friend holiday dinner party menu

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Completing my friend holiday dinner party menu

SarahN | Dec 6, 2009 02:52 PM

Hi everyone. I'm looking for some help rounding out the menu for an annual holiday get-together I host for a group of friends. We have a tradition of going to an afternoon theater event at a local museum, and then heading back to my place for a nice, but relaxing dinner. There are 4 couples -- 8 people total.

Last year I did roasted pork shoulder with a cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes and greens. This year I would like to do something slightly less traditional for the holidays, and also a one-pot sort of deal that can cook beforehand. I'm wavering between a cioppino with monkfish, mussels, clams and shrimp and pasta jambalaya with chicken, ham and andouilli sausage (of course). Both are tried-and-true family recipes that I'm very confident with... I'm leaning toward the jambalaya simply because it's a bit less expensive to make.

Here's where I'm struggling: What sort of appetizer, side salad, and dessert to pair with either option? I have some obvious italian ideas that would work with the cioppino, but no ideas for the jambalaya. Help!

Thanks - Sarah

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