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Pleas help with my holiday dinner party

gastronomy | Dec 13, 201004:30 PM

Hello! I will be serving 11 people a holiday dinner on the 22nd and I am having trouble deciding on my menu. I have to work that morning and I have a 2 year old with me all afternoon so I wanted to do the bulk of cooking/prep the night before. I have not decided on apps yet (I want to establish my main deal first).
I was thinking of trying this lamb shank and orzo recipe:

anyone try this? I figure I can make it the night before- I also would prefer the gravy to have some of the veg etc. still in it- do you think I should strain the sauce and add freshly sauted veg or keep the ones that braised with the meet?
I also need something else to go with this- chicken, seafood etc. Any reccomendations? I was thinking maybe a shrimp marinara type deal with crusty bread (no pasta)- I was going to serve family style with salad, bread etc.
Any suugestions?
Thanks in advanced- also if you think you might have a better dish I should try please feel free to share...

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