An organization Hubby Tony belongs to always has a potluck dinner and presentation of donations to four or five charities at their December meeting, which would have been tonight. Of course the event got cancelled this year. The donation portion turned into a Zoom event, which we will watch, but I was sad that there would be no socialization....and no food.
A couple of days ago I decided that although there was no way I could recreate the 50 plus dishes that would line the cafeteria tables at a normal event, I could make an adventure out of dinner tonight by serving a small-plate tapas meal with lots of choices.
The real event always includes smoked pork loin and fried chicken, so during his lunch break today Tony and I walked to the grocery store and bought deli fried chicken, some sliced pork, and some barbecue beans. Other than that, whenever possible I tried to use ingredients I already had in the house. Most of the dishes were simple and took no more than five minutes to make. They included:
- A rice/black eyed pea casserole that started with a single serving of soup from the freezer
- A personal-sized deep dish pizza
- Deviled eggs
- Frozen peas marinated in Italian dressing
- Cubed and roasted sweet potatoes
- Chopped salad from a bag
- Seeduction (from Whole Foods)
- Frozen miniature cheesecakes
- Chocolate chip/pretzel cookies
- Spiced peach slices
- Dark chocolate covered ginger
Twenty minutes before it was time to eat I baked the pizza, heated up the hot things, and arranged all the dishes on the island. The hardest part was finding enough serving spoons for everything. I didn't plan it, but when we were finished I realized there was enough food left over to recreate the meal again tomorrow.Instant Healthy Dessert