We participate in a rotating dinner/poker party and it's my turn to host again but not till end of March so I have lots of time!! It is not a sit down but we break from the game for the main course. It's a food and wine savvy but not snobby group of about 10 people. The hostess picks a food theme and provides the main course, and other items too. Guests bring food as requested by the hostess. This time I wanted to pick a main course that was a one pot meal and work around that. Cassoulet, which I've never made before, came to mind and thus a French theme seemed like a good idea. So to make this happen:
ISO Recipes for a really good meat and bean version that does not include duck confit but would like it to include more than just sausage; lamb, other pork, poultry, whatever works. Ideally, I'd like one I can make the day before or the evening before. I'll make a salad and pick up french bread to go with. I checked around online but not sure I've found a winner.
If anyone has ideas for a different French main dish that is a one pot or casserole item, please tell. I'm open to other thoughts.
ISO starters/snacks. I will serve French cheeses, pates and olives that will be purchased but I still need ideas and recipes for tasty hors deuvres - can be hot and/or cold.
Dessert - I'll probably just have someone bring tarts and pastries.