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My DD's good friend is getting married in April and has asked me to do the rehearsal dinner. It will be the wedding party and out of town relatives and friends - probably about 50. They have asked for something nice - not Italian or Mexican. Does anyone have any suggestions? I especially need ideas for good veggie side dishes and an elegant dessert.
Thanks so much for your help.
What is being served for dinner at the wedding so we don't duplicate that?
This is excellent. I even prepared it for a customer appreciation picinic at the business I teach cooking classes at and grilled the chicken. I made enough for well over 50 people and so many asked for the recipe we printed it and set out copies! I did use boneless-skinless chicken breasts.
Posted by: cllw Replies: 4 Posted on: 6/24/2007 10:43:35 AM
Famous Dave's Country Roast Chicken recipe
Source: Dave Anderson - Famous Dave's
Roast Chicken Seasoning
1/2 cup kosher salt (2 Tbsp. sea salt)
1/2 cup paprika (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup lemon pepper (1/4 cup)
1/2 cup Mrs. Dash original blend (1/4 cup)
Mix all ingredients. Store in a covered container.
(Good flavor, spicy, plenty of salt with only 2 Tbsp.)
1 (6 pound) roasting chicken
2 (16 ounce) bottles Italian dressing (1 cup light)
1 (8 ounce) bottle lemon juice (1/4 cup)
1/3 cup Roast Chicken Seasoning
Place the chicken in a 2-gallon sealable plastic bag. Pour a mixture of
the Italian dressing and lemon juice over chicken, turning to coat.
Marinate in refrigerator for 3 hours, turning every 30 minutes.
Remove chicken from bag and drain. Season generously with 1/3 cup Roast
Chicken Seasoning. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange chicken on
a rack in a baking pan. Tent loosely with foil. Bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours or
until a meat thermometer registers 170 to 180 degrees F, removing the
tent 20 minutes before the end of baking process. Let stand for 10
minutes before carving.
Yields 6 to 8 servings.
These are delicious and so easy to make.
Basil Garlic Green BeansButtered green beans are made extra special when seasoned with McCormick® Basil & Garlic Seasoning Blend.Makes 5 (1-cup) servings.Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 8 minutesIngredients1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed (about 5 cups)2 tablespoons butter2 teaspoons McCormick® Basil & Garlic Seasoning BlendDirections1. Cook beans in boiling water 7 minutes or until desired doneness. Drain well; return to saucepan.2. Toss green beans with butter and Seasoning Blend until well coated.Substitute: Use 1 package (16 ounces) frozen green beans or broccoli flowerets in place of the fresh green beans. Cook as directed on package; continue with Step 2.
One of my favorites is steamed or oven roasted veggies drizzled with lemon butter. Broccoli, sliced carrots, squash and zucchini, pea pods, baby corn, baby red potatoes, etc.
Wild Rice with Pecans
1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice, Original Recipe with seasoning packet2 cups chicken broth1/2 stick butter
1/4cup sliced green onions1/2 cup pecans, toasted, chopped
Combine rice, seasoning packet and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer covered 25 minutes or until water is absorbed. Add butter, onions and pecans. Stir until butter has melted.
Orange RicePosted by gaudrey1/2 stick of butter or margarine1 cup of chopped onion1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley1 cup of long grain rice (I use Uncle Ben's)1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice1 cup of chicken broth1 teaspoon saltGrated zest of 1 orangePlace butter or margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. When it melts, add the onion and cook just until tender but not browned. Add the parsley, rice, juice, broth, and salt. Bring to a boil. Turn to simmer, cover and let cook until liquid is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat. Add orange zest and fluff with a fork.
Bacon Wrapped Green Beans
2 tsp chicken bouillon1 lb fresh green beans, ends trimmed1 lb bacon 1 stick butter1/2 cup brown sugar1 tsp garlic powder
Dissolve bouillon in pot of water, add beans and bring to a boil. Cook 8 to 10 minutes, until crisp tender. Drain and set aside.
Cook bacon just until fat is rendered but still limp. Drain on paper towels. Cut slices in half.
Melt butter in small pan on low heat, add brown sugar and garlic powder, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
Place 5 to 6 beans on a half slice of bacon. Brush beans with butter mixture, then wrap bacon around beans. Place bundles on baking sheet or broiler pan. Brush remaining butter mixture over bundles. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes until bacon is done.
Thank you both so much for the great ideas and recipes. What I don't use for the dinner will definitely be used at other times. Everything sounds great! Thanks!!
Debbif, this recipe is always a hit!
Thanks so much, Ellen. That sounds good, too!
Here's a vegetable recipe by carolinacooker that I've used many times and shared with others. The ingredients could be put together ahead of time and popped in the oven when you're ready. ~ LibraryLinda ~
Roast turkey or beef is easy. You can roast either ahead of time, then slice and put in large roasters with gravy or au jus.
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Thanks for two more great ideas!!
This is a wonderful dessert. I usually have some sliced strawberries in a bowl with the dessert so they can be added on top of each serving. This was posted a few years ago by CookieCarol. Margielou
This is also good made with peaches and for the 4th of July it is outstanding made with strawberries and blueberries. Very patriotic looking.Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle2 pkgs (8 oz) cream cheese2 cups powdered sugar1 cup sour cream1/2 tsp vanilla1/4 tsp almond extract1/2 pint whipping cream1 TBS sugar1 tsp vanilla1 angel food cake, torn into bite sized pieces2 quarts fresh strawberries, sliced3 TBS sugarIn large bowl, cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar; add sour cream, vanilla, and almond extract. Set aside. In small deep bowl, whip the cream, vanilla, and sugar. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Add cake pieces and fold lightly, set aside. Combine strawberries and sugar. Layer in large glass bowl (this is a very pretty dessert) starting with strawberries, then cake pieces. Continue layering until finished, 3 or 4 layers is good (depends on you bowl). Finish with strawberries on top and garnish with additional whipped cream if you want. Cover and chill well. Makes 24 servingsI have used low fat cream cheese and sour cream with good results. I have also made this with fresh peaches instead of the strawberries. I use Cool Whip instead of the whipping cream too
Here's another wonderful dessert from Candykisses. Some of my changes are listed after her recipe.
Thanks, Margielou. Those desserts sound fantastic!
I would hope they are paying for this as 50 is a lot of people.
My DD is getting married the end of March and we have some friend's doing the rehearsal dinner which will consist of chicken cordon bleu, rice pilaf, glazed carrots, salad and desserts. We love the chicken cordon blue - it's always a big hit!
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