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#1 Old 11-07-2016, 02:46 AM
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Hello Folks,

Every year for our family's annual New Years celebrations we have 20 -30 people for dinner. This year we have an extra few people including 5 veggies. My Household is very much a meat-eating household so my mother has delegated me to take care of our vegetarian guests while she takes care of the 25 or so meat eaters.

This also means that I am limited in the space I have to cook. Most likely I will have access to one burner on the hob as the Oven and the other burners will be used for meat and sides for the meat-eaters (Bare in mind there are 25 people to feed so she kind of needs the space).

As a meat eater myself I wanted to ask the opinion of you kind folks for suggestions on what to cook and what pitfalls to avoid. I'm sure you have all been in a dinner party where the veggie option was prepared as a bit of an afterthought.

My plan at the moment is to make a wild mushroom pappardelle with broad beans and cream sauce, Parmesan on the side as I know some veggies don't eat it because of the enzymes. (As far as I know all my guests eat egg and dairy in general but I will triple check to be safe)

Also, I'm responsible for making canapés for everyone too which are normally vegetarian anyway but id love some suggestions on that front too.

Anyway id love to hear any suggestions or comments that you have

Thanks in advance
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#2 Old 11-07-2016, 06:04 AM
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The mushroom papperdelle with broad beans and cream sauce sounds good. I'm a vegetarian who, given a choice, would prefer to eat vegan. So if I were one of your guests, I'd prefer that you use coconut cream, which tastes pretty much the same as dairy cream. However, I'd eat the dairy cream if that's what was served. (Others, though, are different. Some wouldn't care about the dairy cream at all, and some, who are strict vegans, would refuse it.)

Also, you might want to add a nice vegetarian high protein dish. Either veggie burgers or some other faux meat, or marinated tempeh. Tempeh, by the way, is a fermented soybean cake and is widely available in stores these days. Just cut it into thin slices, spread a bit of mustard on top, then marinate for six hours in equal parts soy sauce, lemon juice, and olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees until it's 160 degrees (about 15 minutes).

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#3 Old 11-07-2016, 01:26 PM
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Hi Dilettante thanks for the response.

And thanks for the suggestions. I'll look into those meat alternatives, although I have to admit its not really an area I have a huge amount of experience . One of my main issues with the papperdelle dish is that im not sure quite its "special" enough, this is one of the main family events of the year for us after all.
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#4 Old 11-07-2016, 04:56 PM
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One of my main issues with the papperdelle dish is that im not sure quite its "special" enough, this is one of the main family events of the year for us after all.

It sounds "special" enough to me. It actually sounds rather good. I might try making it myself at some point.
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