Ok, this isnt supposed to be as trashy as it might sound... lol i know some of you might have repressed memories from your dark dining days of college cooking but maybe you can reimience for a moment to help me out! I want to host a dinner party with several friends (we all graduated in the last 1-3 years) which the courses feature several familiar college "survival" foods but more upscale, for example, i was thinking something of the following:
perhaps a chicken wings app to start off (there are tons of good recipes out there!)
An upscale mac and cheese
Some kind of gourmet ramen (if thats possible)...i was thinking maybe some seared tuna sprinkled with peas atop a bed of ramen for a twist on "tuna noodle cassarole"
sorority salad--lol it can be any kind, i just liked the name
brats simmered in beer or beer can chicken (ok, i know i am an anolomy, but i didnt drink hardly at all in college and i dont really have an affinity for the taste of beer or alcohol for that matter...i know some of my guests do not like the taste of beer either, but i kinda want to do a beer "something" because typically most people have fond memories of living off of such sustanence...does the alcohol flavor burn off in the chicken and the brats--this totally negates the whole reason to use beer, but i'm looking for a recipe that incorporates beer for more the "spirit of" rather than the taste).
and then dessert, i am totally clueless. i thought maybe like a soft serve ice cream bar or gourmet popcorn or a coffee dessert?
and for drinks, red bull, soda and coffee maybe?
i realize that this menu is very carb heavy...but i cant really think of anything else. i need some more ideas so i thought i might tap into the wisdom of those out there...
i am open to any suggestions for any course! thanks!