So, I am planning a menu for a baby shower with around 40 adults + kids. I was thinking that we would do Asian-style heavy hors d'oeuvres since momma-to-be wants to mix it up a bit foodwise. This would need to be a buffet since we're not hiring a caterer for the occasion, and I can only fit a finite amount of people into my kitchen. And, I'm not necessarily sticking to one region, so Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Indian, and such are all fine.
I've already got a few dishes that I know we'll be doing:
- Peanut noodles with black sesame seed and red pepper
- Grilled "Asian BBQ" over white rice (devising a recipe for this right now)
- Pickled Veggies (carrots, cukes, radishes and such) and/or an Asian slaw
I've been thinking about buying some potstickers from the Asian store (kids around here eat these all the time, so I figure these are both adult and kid friendly) and serving them with a variety of sauces (thai yellow curry, ponzu, and a ginger-sesame-garlic mingonette), but I am wondering if this is a good idea because I need to be able to store some of the food in a warm oven ahead of time and don't want the dumplings to dry out.
I am wondering if I can store the potstickers in a warm oven in their serving dishes with a moist towel over them (for up to two hours) without any great degradation of quality.... In my experience, potstickers don't do well in chafing dishes, so I'm asking my fellow hounds for advice.
Also, any other ideas for tasty dishes?