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Mexican inspired holiday dinner

poached | Dec 19, 201009:12 AM

I am hosting a post Christmas holiday gathering and the decided theme/inspiration is mexican/south american.
I have some holes in my menu CH can you help me out?!

7 people, 1 shrimp allergy and the meal must be veg or Pescatarian.
This is a sit down semi fancy affair.
(I've nixed tacos- I think it will be to nuts- I'd rather do one large dish served family style)

Apps: mushroom/spinach empanditas. But what else?

Soup: I'd love to a soup especially a veg or seafood variation on tortilla soup- ideas?

Entree: I'm thinking enchiladas and I'd like to do some either holiday or unusual flavors. I'm stuck on a spicy roasted sweet potato and black bean and can't think beyond that. If I did that what kind of sauce? Mole? (I'm also open to other entree ideas)

Side Dishes: 1. jalapeno corn bread
2. sweet and spicy cabbage slaw or green salad with pomegranate seeds and jicama?

dessert: first thing that comes to mind is tres leche cake but I've never made one- is it difficult (i'm pretty kitchen competent) other ideas?

Thanks CH

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