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Dinner ideas for a small group please...

We are having a very casual birthday party for my dad, who likes very basic not fancy foods. There will be 8 of us total... I don't need recipes so much as I need ideas... was thinking lasagna, meatloaf (my dad loves it), roast beef.... eh... not inspired by those.... I'm so tired of grilling all summer long and having that same old bbq menu/buffet, I'm actually looking forward to a sit down comfort type food dinner...thoughts?


Asked by gramsmom at 3:10 PM on Sep. 16, 2009 in Food & Drink

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Answers (8)
  • If Dad loves meatloaf I would do that with potatoes , a vegetable & a salad. With cake & ice cream for dessert.

    Answer by mommorgan at 3:13 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • Tacos... It's easy for you to prepare and it's fun to make your tacos to your own taste.

    Answer by crazypink at 3:12 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • What about a nice ham with au grautin potatoes or twice baked potatoes, fresh bread, salad or veggies? Or Salisbury Steak, Mashed potaoes, veggies and biscuits. Chicken Parmesan, twice baked potatoes, salad and garlic bread?

    I'm starting to get hungry!!

    Answer by ohwrite at 3:14 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • I like the tacos idea, or fajitas. You can have all kinds of toppings and queso and salsa with chips. hard shells and soft shells..yummy!!!

    I love shish kabobs with chicken, bell pepper, pineapple and onion. Its on the grill but so good for a crowd and served over rice.

    Stuffed peppers

    Answer by ria7 at 3:17 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • stuffed shells w/salad and garlic bread, chilli (stick it in a crock pot and you're done) w/cornbread or tortilla chips, stew w/fresh bread or biscuits. all of these you can make for about $40 for a group of people that big (and thats only if you don't already have the basics on hand)

    Answer by vabchmommy at 3:22 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • How about roasting a chickens or a turkey. I know the holidays are coming but you can make different sides-apple stuffing (make Stove Top stuffing according to package directions-add 1 small diced Granny Smith or MacIntosh apple-about 1/2 c per box.-with the crumbs), roasted veggies (carrots, mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc), hash brown casserole, etc.

    Answer by bocamom62 at 5:41 PM on Sep. 16, 2009

  • Tamale pie
    avocado salad
    mexican rice

    Send me a message offlist if you would like recipes

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:47 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • I know that you are sick of grilling, but what about grilled pizza and caesar salad?

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:49 PM on Sep. 17, 2009