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Unread 02-28-2012, 03:48 PM   #1
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Default Need Ideas for Bachelorette Party, Italian Style

Oh boy this is gonna be FUN!

I was recently asked to come up with ideas for cooking a bachelorette party with an Italian theme. Other than chicken and pasta salad plus garlic bread I'm kind of at loss for ideas. I'm not italian and don't cook a whole lot of italian food so coming up with a menu is causing mental block. Or maybe the thought of cooking for 50 ladies is causing the blood to leave my brain! lol. Any ideas out there?

To cook it I have a medium spicewine and a weber kettle for a grill. So far I have not proposed a menu or price. Just ideas for now. Trying to avoid the typical "guy menu" of pulled pork and brisket sammies. I'm thinking pretty and fancy.

If anyone can help a brother out I'm all ears.

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Unread 02-28-2012, 05:30 PM   #2
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Hey JT, I'd do bruschetta a few ways(a tapenade, whitebean/rosemary, tomato/garlic/basil), fresh fruit with a mascapone dip(infused with honey and ginger?) maybe. Maybe grilled stuffed baby squid. Deep fried ravioli with red sauce, mini meatballs. Beef skewers with rosemary and garlic and lemon. I'd keep it kinda finger food. Good luck, there's a million of things you could do. These are some of the things I've done.

PS The fruit and dip was huge, also veggies with Italian inspired dips
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I lived in Italy for Grad School and found that one of the best tasting things in this world is the Tuscan Porchetta.

It is a whole pig deboned from the neck down, then filled with Italian Sausage, pesto, onions, peppers, etc. You can fill it with anything that tastes good with pork.

It is then roasted like a whole hog. The size will depend on your pit. When it is done you carve it like a roast. You can do a suckling pig as well if size is a problem.

There is lots of information online. I've done lots of these and it is always a crowd pleaser and a great centerpiece.
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Thanks for the ideas fellas. I like the idea of skewers, I can run with that. A suckling pig would probably get me in trouble with PETA out here but an adaptation I could try is a pork loin stuffed like you described then smoked in the pit, make pinwheels. Yea it's getting a little clearer now. Thanks again. Got my mind racing now.
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pork loin yes, pig head, no.

the women I know like to eat meat, but, want it is smaller portions, so skewers makes sense. I also would consider grilled veggies, expecially grilled red bell peppers, squash, mushrooms etc...stuffed mushrooms are a pain, but, always a big hit.
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I have on several occasions made a roullade, Italian style. I use a thin cut of skirt steak and season with SnP. place a layer of each...provolone or mozz, proscuitto, sun dried tomato, roasted red pepper and fresh basil leaves. Roll it up and smoke for about 1 1/2 hours and cut into slices. I serve with pesto.
I have cooked as an appetizer, but no reason you couldn't cut into thicker slices or change cut of beef. Just make sure if the cut has a defined grain that you roll it so the slices are cut across the grain.
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I'm thinkin' big Italian sausage link with a side of two meatballs.

Could be fun!
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All looks good so far.
How about Italian Beef sliders.
I agree with smaller portions - have fun!
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I would do caprese salad skewers, grilled stuffed calamari, in addition to a rolled porchetta,

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/r...ipe/index.html

Porchetta
http://divaq.ca/tag/diva-q-porchetta

Grilled stuffed calamari
http://divaq.ca/grilled-stuffed-calamari
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