I’m doing the food for my friend’s husband’s surprise b-day party. The guest list is approx 40 people and for the most part…not fancy eaters. Her brother is bringing a brisket and a big pan of beans. It sorta has a down home theme So here is what I have so far:
Caprese Salad skewers
Chips and two salsas (Must have this-a request)
A crab dip (poss Emeril’s jalapeno crap dip) or a warm onion dip
Bonnie’s Buffalo Chicken Dip (Should I do this…haven’t made it before?)
And a freaking veggie tray w/bleu and ranch (For the masses)
Poss sausage stuffed jalapenos if I have the gumption to clean and stuff 50 jalapeno peppers.
For the sides:
A big pan of mac and cheese (Silver Palate)
Cucumbers and onions (Ronni Lundy)
Cole slaw (I don’t have a recipe in mind bc I'm not a huge fan, but I was thinking a vinegar based. If it gets bad, I might wuss out and get it from the a local bbq joint.
Should I ditch the caprese salad skewers? I only was gonna do them because it is the b-days boy fav. Do I have to do a potato salad? Do I need another veggie? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
German Choc (bday fav)
Choc with ganache
Choc with Ina’s Peanut butter icing
Martha Stewart’s Strawberry Meringue Vanilla cupcake (Thanks Foodnerds!)
Orange Blossom or Possibly Lemon Curd blueberry (Thanks AnneInMpls!)
Should I ditch one of the chocolate cupcakes or keep them and add another flavor to even it up? I hate to ditch the peanut butter icing because it is SO good, but I feel that there needs to be a plain chocolate and the German has to stay.
And I was thinking maybe a sangria...white? Any fab recipes?