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summer dinner party - suggestions?

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summer dinner party - suggestions?

sheiladeedee | Aug 14, 2013 06:14 AM

Planning a seated dinner for twelve, tentative plan...

I like a 3-5-3 balance to a meal, so...

stuffed mushrooms w/sausage and breadcrumbs
deviled eggs
home made pimento cheese on crackers

buttermilk brined fried chicken
potato salad
corn on the cob with lime and cayenne butter (ears snapped in half for easier handling)
platter of sliced heirloom tomatoes w/salt, pepper, oil and a drizzle of vinegar
green beans sauteed with garlic and scallions, room temperature

chocolate cherry chili fudge
shortbread
tiny lemon curd tartlets

Served with vinho verde, beer, iced tea and some limoncello with dessert

wondering about a peach tart or crisp instead of lemon, maybe a white sangria with summer stone fruit...

I'm trying for something that can mostly be done ahead so I can concentrate on the chicken (fried about 90 minutes ahead, finished in a low oven).

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