What should I serve at a Diner Party? (My very strict grandarents will be there...They're chefs!Yike!)?!

Question: What should I serve at a Diner Party!? (My very strict grandarents will be there!.!.!.They're chefs!Yike!)!?
I'm have a diner party!. PLEASE CHOOSE OUT OF THE LIST!!!!!!!! My parents invited all my relatives and stuff!. It's going to be very fancy!. They also invited my very strict grandparents who are chefs!!! What am I suppose to cook!? Choose out of these food main dishes!.
1!. Lobster
2!. Steak
3!. Turkey
side dishes:
1!. salad
2!. baked patatoe
3!.anything you can think ofWww@FoodAQ@Com

The exact menu is not so important here!. The main idea is to make dishes you can execute well!. Your grandparents may be chefs, but I am sure they realize you are not formally trained and do not except you to prepare a flawless meal!.

Using the choices presented as a guide, I would choose roast chicken with a green vegetable, potato or other starch and a salad!. You should be able to prepare these with the help of a good cook book!. My personal favorite for beginning cooks is "How To Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman (food writer at The NY Times)!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

Do what you do best!. You should not use this situation to try something new!. If your "signature" special dish is lasagne, then by all means do lasagne with a salad and garlic bread!. Lobster is so kitchen-intensive that it does not leave much time to socialize before the meal!. Steak is usually done one at a time, so you would be serving up some early and some later, so some might not be as hot and fresh as the others!.

Do what you do best!. They are not there to judge you!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

I like making a chicken breast dish!. You take breasts lay a piece of bacon on it then a small slice of a brick of cream cheese then spinach roll and place in galss bakeware cook about 1 hour!. Everyone loves this and it looks fancy because theyare stuffed!. Cook a rice dish some asparagus steamed and a salad!. Finish with a dessert that is so easy and so yummy!. Place 1 14oz can of pineapple in a 9x13" pan spread cherry pie filler over top then sprinkle a dry white or lemon cake mix over top!. Melt 1 cup butter pour over top and bake 20-25 minutes!. Yummy and so many are impressedWww@FoodAQ@Com

To be honest I don't like any of those ideas for a "fancy" dinner party!.

crab cakes- appetizer
rack of lamb- main course
pear sorbet- dessertWww@FoodAQ@Com

First, calm down:) No one expects YOU to cook as well as your grandparents (yet)!.!.!.!. I'd choose the dish that you feel most comfortable making:) !.!.!. Instead of baked potatoes, try double-baked potatoes!. Bake the potatoes until soft!. Cut a thin layer off the top and scoop them out!. Mash the insides with some butter, sour cream, cheese, Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning (or seasoned salt), some green onions, and some grated cheese!. Stuff that back into the potato shells, dot with butter, sprinkle with chopped parsley & paprika, and reheat at 350 for about 20 min (you can actually stuff them the day ahead, cover and refrigerate & just reheat)

Green Salad: Mixed baby greens with carmelized walnuts/pecans or sliced almonds (stir fry whichever nuts in some sugar, until sugar melts & coats the nuts); sliced strawberries or fresh raspberries or drained mandarin oranges, and sliced red onion!. With the walnuts/pecans and berries, use a Raspberry-Walnut or Raspberry-Pecan Vignarette Dressing (storebought)!. With the almonds & mandarin oranges, use a good quality Balsamic Vignarette dressing!.!.!.!.!.

Here's a "fancy", yet easy appetizer for you:

17-oz!. pkg!. frozen puff pastry
1 egg yolk
1 TB water
2-1/4-lb!. wheel Brie
!.!.!.!.Defrost puff pastry!. Roll out to 13x10"!. Cut 2 ircles the size of Brie; also 2 strips 13x1-1/2" for wrapping around sides!. Whip yolk and water together!. Place 1 circle pastry on ungreased cookie sheet!. Top with Brie!. With pastry brush, paint sides of cheese with yolk, so pastry will stick!. Put sides & top of pastry on Brie; seal well so cheese won't run when baking!. Brush top with yolk!. Bake 30-35 min at 425!. Let cool 1 hour before cutting!.!.!.!.serve with water crackers

This is one of my very favorite desserts, and can be done the day ahead: A chocolate-covered strawberry would be wonderful on top, or on the dessert plate under the parfait!.
1 pt (2 c) whpping cream
1/2 c!. sugar
juice of 4 lemons
grated zest of 2-4 lemons
2 TB!. Eagle Brand, sweetened, condensed milk

!.!.!.!.Combine all ingredients in large, well-chilled bowl and beat until very thick!. Divide among parfait glasses and chill until ready to serve!. Can do ahead!.!.!.!.!.makes 8-10Www@FoodAQ@Com

If you want to impress your grandparents, and they're chefs, you might consider asking them for their input!. They will probably be very complimented that you considered their area of expertise!.

The trouble with lobster at a dinner party is the public dismemberment and bib wearing!. BUT, if you could use lobster meat in something more elegant (and easy to cook and serve) that might be more successful!.

Unless there is going to be someone hovering over the grill at the party, I would avoid steak!. Besides, everyone likes theirs done differently!.

So, I guess that leaves Turkey!. It seems a little like putting all your eggs in one basket, but it should be simple to find a good recipe!. You'll definitely get an A for effort!. Be sure to get one with a timer and to leave plenty of time for cooking!. Put some fresh sage and an onion and lemon cut in half into the cavity rather than traditional stuffing!. (And be sure to season it inside and out!.)

All kinds of sides go well with something so traditional!. Since it is summer, a salad I like is Spinach, toasted pecans, parsley, and dried cherries with a viniagrette dressing!. It is delicious and the nuts and cherries really make it!.

There's also a nice website with good recipes for mains and sides (and some appetizers while your guests are getting settled)!.!.!.
I have tried at least 4 of the recipes, and they are wonderful!.

Good luck with the party!. Relax!. I'm sure it will be great!.Www@FoodAQ@Com

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