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ISO Easy but interesting braise/casserole for 15 for New Year's Eve?

kookiegoddess | Dec 15, 200901:54 AM

I need a saucy dish for New year's eve that can preferably be made ahead - it's for a house party but I'll be juggling a toddler and will be working in a relatively small kitchen so it needs to be a straightforward meal. I'm cooking the main with a friend to help, and some other guests are doing the starters and puds (sob, I'd rather do it all). I am a total control freak so would like to suggest some nice starters and desserts that the other guests could bring.

I had thought about doing Machbous, a baked lamb and rice dish from Bahrain, but my cousin likes saucy food so want to offer her an alternative. I thought about moroccan food but I did this for a family do a couple of years ago and would rather do something new.

My other cousin suggested curry but I thought it would be a bit heavy waking up to the after effects of lots of wine, cocktails AND curry...

I always try to do too much so hope you might have some restrained suggestions.

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