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Help with menu for casual dinner this weekend? Sorta Southern themed

onrushpam | Feb 27, 2012 05:53 PM

Need your help, gang…

I just realized this coming weekend is our weekend to have houseguests and a bunch of people for dinner Saturday night (we do this twice a year, in conjunction with our local sighthound field trials). The date got away from me....

Last time, I did a big seafood feast and it was fabulous, but cost nearly a fortune. That isn’t happening again this weekend. So, I was thinking maybe a good ol’ Southern dinner. Here are my thoughts:

Baked ham
Scalloped potatoes (from the Les Halles cookbook...not really Southern, but good!)
Field peas (I have two bags of purple hulls still in the freezer from last summer)
Roasted cherry tomatoes (one of the guys LOVES these)
Cornmeal yeast rolls
Maybe some deviled eggs (just because I love them?)

I need ideas for:

Before dinner snacks: folks are always munchie coming in from the field, but I don’t want anything too heavy, as we’ll be having a relatively early dinner.

A cold/crunchy side to go with dinner… I could turn the field peas into a salad… Or do them the traditional way and make something else?

Dessert… I have a TON of frozen peaches I put up and haven’t used. They aren’t the best… they were a little over-ripe when I put them up. So, nothing that requires pretty peach slices. Need something easy.

Wine to go with ham and the Southern sides?

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