Looking for some advice. In May I am hosting a surprise party for my mum. I am catering for around 25 people, buffet style, but need to start thinking about recipes now and testing them out - 5 months will go quite fast I think!
Can you give me your honest opinions on the following menu and perhaps give me some suggestions for the main.
We will have nibbles, bought chips and dips etc - I am not going to go all out on this as I have a small kitchen and storage space and want to mingle with guests.
I am going to make caramelised onion and sundried tomato tart - puff pastry with caramelised onion base topped with mozzarella and sundried tomatoes - will probably need about 4 of them and I may vary the toppings. The caramelised onions freeze well and the tarts only take about 20 mins to cook.
Going to roast a whole salmon - don't have gas burners so will be easier to roast the day before - will serve that cold
Was going to have a some cold meats - turkey and roast beef - mainly for the more fussy eaters
Boiled potatoes - can't do rice for so many - my rice is hit or miss anyway.
A large leafy salad
Cheese and crusty bread
I want a stew of some sort that I can freeze/prepare ahead, beef or chicken. BUT I won't have room on my stove top or oven to reheat enough chicken joints so there is one per person. It will be easier to use breast of chicken - but obviously there will be a potential problem of drying out/overcooking...... I also don't want to HAVE to cater for one joint each as I think that I am going to have quite a lot of food anyway....
We will also have some deserts - I think a large fruit salad, a pavlova and maybe something chocolatey... I know its not perhaps very gourmet - but there will be a lot of older people there so it needs to be safe and tried and tested.
What do you think about this - has anyone got any good recipes for a casserole? Was also thinking about a chili, but would I need to serve rice/baked potatoes? If so then there will be a cooking/space in oven problem.
Sorry for rambling, hope someone can help with the stew problem, and any other opinions gratefully recieved