I am known as the "gourmet" among my family mostly because I'm the only one who's not too lazy to make good food from scratch, not because I am special or the greatest cook ever to have been in the family. For Christmas we have agreed to have dinner at my house (I often host "dinner parties" for our twenty-something friends, but that's mostly just getting together to have recipes tested on them) and split the cost of ingredients with me cooking. I prefer this as I like to have a few drinks (makes that side of the family a fair more bearable) and I prefer to be at home. I like getting credit for making things that people normally won't make for themselves(just being honest here) and a decent portion of the family are pescatarians, eating only sustainably harvested seafood. 12-14 of us total. I'm terrified of running out of food
My plan (as it is now!) is:
Crostini with baked goat cheese, roasted garlic, oven dried tomatoes, fig jam, etc (these are pretty standard in my repertoire, I'll just make a lot - thinking I need 2-3 baguettes)
Additional roasted garlic bread for the remainder of the meal
Caesar Salad (from scratch, CI recipe - double batch)
Steamed Mussels (Ina's recipe - 1/2lb per person)
Crimini and 2 cheese ravioli and tomato sauce (my own recipe - not sure how many we need each?! - sauce recipe is whatever the tomato-onion-butter one is)
Tiramisu (CI recipe in my trifle bowl)
Do you see any bad ideas here? I'm thinking I can make the dressing and croutons for the salad ahead of time then just toss with dressing, prep everything for the mussels and they only take a couple minutes, have the ravioli prepped and frozen so i just have to toss them in boiling water, remove to plates, top with sauce & serve. The trifle can be made well ahead of time and just refrigerated until ready to serve.
Any better suggestions? Please all the input you have!