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!