Friday, February 1, 2013

Cheap & Easy Entertaining

Girls Night Out Fashion Theme: An Evening in Bollywood

I love to entertain, but my budget always forces me to think outside the box. These are some recipes for some parties I have given that really went over pretty good. They were not only in-expensive to prepare, but they gave me plenty of time to just chill and have fun the day or evening of the party. I hope you will enjoy them also.

Tip: I used whatever I had in the freezer and pantry to make these dishes.

Fried Pekora
Use some frozen mixed veggies, sliced onion rings, frozen Broccoli, pkgd cabbage slaw or what ever crisp veggies you have..
Season 2 cups or so of flour with dash of: Cumin, salt, pepper, curry, Garam Marsala powder (India Spice section)
Add enough soda water or just plain water to thicken like a pancake batter. Coat dampened  veggies with flour so that batter will stick, dip veggies in batter and fry until golden. Serve with Mango Chutney.

Mango & Pineapple Chutney
Use a tsp of red pepper flakes,1 can drained pineapple, chopped medium onion, minced clove garlic, chopped red bell pepper, Sauteed together in olive oil starting with pepper flakes, until all are tender, add a jar mango jelly and simmer.

Baked Pita Chips w/Hummus Dip
Use 1 can of drained garbanzo beans, 2 cloves of garlic, plenty of olive oil and some Tahini paste or sesame oil, a dash of salt and pepper. Blend until creamy and tasty. Serve with warm baked pita shells that have been cut in quarters and brushed with olive oil. Bake shells until crisp golden at 350.

Babba Ganoosh w Fresh Pita
One or two large eggplants pricked & baked until thoroughly cooked tender. (450 Degrees - 45-60 min.) Scrape out pulp and blend with 1-2 cloves garlic, salt, lemon juice, Tahini Paste or sesame oil until creamy and tasty. Serve with pita bread and top with a swirl a warm olive oil. Eggplant version of Hummus dip.

Ginger Spice Cookies w/Melted Chocolate

Iced Mint Tea

Minted Champagne Punch

Sparkling Iced Water with Lemon & Lime Slices

A Julia Child's French Luncheon Theme

Tip: Always buy chicken & wine on sale, Bogo or Bulk Cheese in the meat & cheese Isle NOT the deli Isle & don't try to make your own pastry.


Chicken Coq Co Vin- Stewed chicken with wine and herbs

Quiche Lorraine- Guyere or favorite Cheeses Bacon, onion & Pastry

Salad Nicoise- Bed of Salad Greens, Layered in corner sections with deviled eggs, Black  olives, seasoned small new potatoes, green beans & white canned tuna. (Choices optional )

Chocolate Truffles -from the joyofbaking

Guests bring their favorite wine...

Afternoon Tea Party

Tip:To save money on table ware, I made this totally finger food style and cooked up two chickens in the oven that were BOGO.

Chicken Tarragon salad& Curried Chicken  in Romaine lettuce leaves

Deviled Eggs

Halved New Potatoes w/ Sour Cream Chives and Bacon Bits

Cinnamon & Raisin Scones

Assorted Teas

Champagne Mimosas