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
home made pimento cheese on crackers
buttermilk brined fried chicken
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
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).