7 Dishes for an easy-to-make Italian themed dinner party
Potlucks are a single girl’s best friend. For less than $20 a person, you can have a multi-dish meal and really enjoy each others’ company (and by that I mean open more than one bottle of wine without paying an arm and a leg). My sister hosted a group of us for a cozy dinner party at her place. Their friends met through a series of MeetUp events when they were all somewhat new to San Francisco a few years ago. Who says you can’t meet new friends online?
What was on the menu for our Italian dinner party? Caprese skewers, cheese and crackers, bruschetta, prosciutto-wrapped melons, arugula ravioli, and salmon with asparagus… with a little vino and a delightful bundt cake. It’s a delicious night in for up to 10 friends, or pick and choose a few dishes for a party of two. Best part about this menu? You can pick up all the ingredients from Trader Joe’s. Read on for ingredients and recipes.
- Organic Italian baguette
- Trader Giotto’s fresh bruschetta sauce
Nini’s Proscuitto with Melon
- Smoked prosciutto
- Pre-cut cantaloupe slices
- Organic mint leaves as garnish
Eleni’s Cheese Plate
- Grape tomatoes
- Crottin Goat cheese 3-pack with garlic & herb, pepper, plain
- Uncooked whole wheat spaghetti as toothpick
- Raw almonds
Eleni’s Cheese and Crackers
- Trader Joe’s Wild Blueberry Vanilla Chèvre
- Trader Joe’s Raisin Rosemary Crisps
Alex’s Caprese Skewers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Mozzarella cheese
- Trader Joe’s balsamic vinaigrette
Christine’s Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli
- Trader Giotto’s Arugula & Parmigiano Reggiano Ravioli
- Wild Arugula
- Trader Giotto’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Traditional Marinara Sauce
- Parmesan Romano & Asiago Cheese
- Raw Sliced Almonds
Christine’s Salmon with Asparagus
- Pearl tomatos
- Freshly shaved Parmesan, Romano & Asiago
- Recipe for foil baked salmon here
Epicuro Primitivo red table wine
Ania chose this perfectly fruity and smooth accompaniment to our meal.
Jill’s Cream-filled bundt cake with raspberries
The group is lucky enough to have a professional baker in its midst. While we opted to keep her recipe a secret, you can visit her website Delish Designs to hire her for dessert bars and event planning.
Thank you to our hostess with the mostest, Christine Abalos!
Originally posted on The Single Diaries.