Having a few friends round on Hogmany for a meal and would like some suggestions/recipes for something different and unusual to cook for them. Will be turkey'd out by then, so looking for something a bit adventurous yet not too complicated.
They are all meat eaters, and are a pretty eclectic bunch.
Coca Cola ribs! Seriously it really works and is brilliant! I did a few racks at a BBQ in the summer. Everyone scoffed them an remarked how good they were.
This recipe sounds goofy, but believe me, it works. Follow these steps for tender, juicy, delicious ribs.
Time Required: Only 15 minutes for prep and 15 minutes to grill, but requires overnight marinating and at least four hours of unsupervised cooking
- Enough ribs to feed your crowd
- Canned Coca-Cola (not diet)
- Your favorite BBQ Sauce
- Garlic, salt, pepper, chopped red chilli
- Place the ribs in a baking dish and pour Coca Cola in with the ribs until they are covered. Add BBQ sauce and spices.
- Allow the ribs to marinate overnight.
- Slow cook the ribs in the Coca Cola in an oven at 200 degrees for at least 4 hours. Make sure you cover the ribs to avoid burning them.
- Remove the ribs from the oven. Be careful, the meat may fall off the bone.
- Reduce coca cola sauuce mix by 1/2 over heat.
- Place your ribs on the BBQ. Brush with sauce. Sprinkle Old Bay or Cajun seasoning over the ribs if desired (or mix the spice with the sauce before brushing for the best effect).
- Serve and enjoy!!
alternatively, if any of the guests are not scottish, offal always goes down well at these things. If it's an all-sweatie event you'll have got over the haggis fixation years ago, so go out for a nice italian or something.
edit: i like the sound of the ribs, actually.
That idea of the munchy box aint too far off the mark really - if they are good friends then you want some food you put on the table that they just help themselves to rather then proportioned plates coming out of the kitchen. Easier for you and a lot more socialble, the ribs would work great as a starter for that.
How unusual do you want to go? If you can get pumpkins try cauldron chicken, we do this with the pumpkins we grow, really nice
BBC - Food - Recipes - Pumpkin cauldron
Also thanks for the link, looks like a good source for recipes.
Do some bread also, serve with cheeses, olives and pate.