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'posh' buffet ideas

Shellywelly Avatar
6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
I am planning on doing a 'posh' buffet for a family party. I want it to be a hot and cold buffet but a 'upperclass' one, not your typical party food.

However I'm used to the latter!

So ideas will be welcome, I am already planning on doing a whole salmon as the centre piece... but thats as far as I have got.

All ideas and possible recipes welcome - thanks!
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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1 Like #1
sausage rolls from marks and spencer rather than iceland ?
#2
Iceland!
#3
how about sushi, when i had my daughters christening the people who did the buffett did sushi and was surprised how well it went down as its not my cup of tea.
banned#4
My party finished at 4am this morning, I am shattered.

Buy the best of everything...e.g. Tesco Finest
#5
I got some great ideas from picking up the party/ wedding cake booklet in M & S. Used there ideas
but bought from cheaper suppliers.
#6
how about hot indian snacks, they always go down well.
#7
caviar etc on italian-style crackers
#8
wallzer
sausage rolls from marks and spencer rather than iceland ?
lol... not quite the angle I wanted to come from! lol


pink-ka
how about sushi, when i had my daughters christening the people who did the buffett did sushi and was surprised how well it went down as its not my cup of tea.
urgh...just couldn't! but thanks for the suggestion!


karen46
I got some great ideas from picking up the party/ wedding cake booklet in M & S. Used there ideasbut bought from cheaper suppliers.
great ideas thanks!
#9
pink-ka
how about hot indian snacks, they always go down well.
Wondered about that but will be a lot of oldies there and they couldn't even handle my chilli when I did that for them so doubt they would like it.
#10
tesco value all the time
2 Likes #11
Ferrero Rocher. the ambassador always has them at his parties!
#12
Just buy some of the M&S party platters.

Not cheap, but is quality stuff and its easy for you to prep!!!
#13
RickT
Just buy some of the M&S party platters.Not cheap, but is quality stuff and its easy for you to prep!!!
I am considering this, but half the time they don't look anything like the ones in the brochure and they are vvv costly, I may as Karen said take some of there ideas though.
#14
I take it your not talking cavier but just nicer quality nibbles?

Moving across the table you could start with Mediterranean foods like stuffed vine leaves, various olives some authentic pastas. Then maybe Indian finger foods and spiced rice. Could even add some Chinese stuff and noodle and stir fry dishes. Have at the end cold cured pork and salt beef type stuff with nicer cheeses.
#15
Ungreat
I take it your not talking cavier but just nicer quality nibbles?Moving across the table you could start with Mediterranean foods like stuffed vine leaves, various olives some authentic pastas. Then maybe Indian finger foods and spiced rice. Could even add some Chinese stuff and noodle and stir fry dishes. Have at the end cold cured pork and salt beef type stuff with nicer cheeses.

Yes this is kind of what I am looking for. But more english, the people that are coming like traditional english fayre. If it was up to me and OH we would be having everything but english!
#16
Shellywelly
Ungreat
I take it your not talking cavier but just nicer quality nibbles?Moving across the table you could start with Mediterranean foods like stuffed vine leaves, various olives some authentic pastas. Then maybe Indian finger foods and spiced rice. Could even add some Chinese stuff and noodle and stir fry dishes. Have at the end cold cured pork and salt beef type stuff with nicer cheeses.


Yes this is kind of what I am looking for. But more english, the people that are coming like traditional english fayre. If it was up to me and OH we would be having everything but english!


Cold meats like pork and salt beef where someone can carve off a slab are always popular. Twin this with some nice crusty bread and posh mustard and people can make a really nice sandwich themselves.

Edited By: Ungreat on Oct 03, 2010 12:41: .
#17
Veggie sushi is really easy to make & looks posh.
#18
Like Ungreat suggests, cold meat is good. If you want English then how about roasting a big joint of gammon and then have that as a centrepiece with lots of nice bread, pickles and a good selection of nice cheese. You could have some grapes as well, maybe some olives too.
#19
studentessa
Like Ungreat suggests, cold meat is good. If you want English then how about roasting a big joint of gammon and then have that as a centrepiece with lots of nice bread, pickles and a good selection of nice cheese. You could have some grapes as well, maybe some olives too.


Olives and cold meats go really well together.

You could even roast a beef joint, make some gravy and roast potatoes then have them on the table if people want to plate up a mini roast dinner.
#20
try something a bit different like a really continental cheese board with some hot cheeses like fried haloumi and saganaki - extremely easy to make and just something a bit different.

if it was up to me it would be greek meze all the way.
#21
If there is a Fenwicks that sells food near you I would have a look, the one near me has whole sections for fresh Olives, cheese, meat and things like gamekeepers pie.
1 Like #22
1 Twirl strips of parma ham on to grissini - so it is like a spiral down the bread.
Set these aside until guests arrive then gently grill to sizzle and crisp the parma ham.
Serve on their own or with a cheese melt (see below) to dip into.

2 Cheese melt - take a whole small Camembert - the kind in a little wooden box (eg Le President)
Remove all packaging and place it in a flan dish/ramekin/bowl of about the same size
Cut an X in the top of the crust and carefully peel it back a bit exposing the soft cheese centre.
Push a whole peeled clove of garlic in the centre of the cheese along with a a couple of small sprigs of thyme
Pour a generous glug of white wine on to the top and place the container on top of a baking tray.
Place the lot into an oven until the cheese melts (like a fondue) and takes on the flavour of the garlic and the thyme
Dip batons of carrot, celery, sliced mixed peppers, sesame grissini, or the parma ham grissini into the cheese.

3 Mini blinis (from supermarket) spread with cream cheese (plain, like Philadelphia, or flavoured, like Boursin) then topped with shreds of smoked salmon and garnished with threads of dill.

4 Mini pastry cases (bought or made) filled with red onion marmalade (bought or made) and chevre.
Don't be put off by the idea of goat's cheese. If you buy the Welsh one in the little logs it is quite sweet.
I prefer to use the type that looks like mini camembert (because it melts better) and cut it into wedges.
Place the cheese on top of the onion and put into oven until cheese melts
(Make lots of these as they will be very popular!)

5 Buy a tin of Campbells Cream of Mushroom soup and some japanese mushrooms eg enoki, nametaki, shimeji etc - as long as they are small.
Gently sautee the mushrooms in butter for a minute or two.
Add the soup (do not thin with water!), stir and allow to cool
When cool fill little boat-shaped pastry cases (Supermarket) and place these on an oven tray
Gently warm in oven before serving.

Hope things go well.

Edited By: cannyscot on Oct 03, 2010 13:27: .
#23
How about a Fruits de mer

http://www.thefishsociety.co.uk/binary_data/15185_platter_small.jpg
#24
g1bbuk
Veggie sushi is really easy to make & looks posh.
erm its not sushi then is it
#25
Wow thanks for all the suggestions, some great ideas here. i'll certainly try some of these and copy some of the suggestions from marks and waitrose. Shame can no longer give rep. 'Sighs!'
#26
all about presentation, some great ideas online - type in google posh buffet food and look at images.
#27
My Mum always makes blinis (small Russian pancakes) topped with cream cheese, salmon and caviar.
#28
pork pies and scotch eggs
#29
Cheese boards, charcuterie boards, class up chicken drumsticks by cooking them with lime and garnishing them nicely, rustic breads, mini pies (steak and ale, chicken and leek, etc), mini chicken/pork/lamb kebabs, could also do more canape like stuff ie cocktail sausages but in a small ramikin with mash and gravy (or demi-glace to be posher), mini burgers, mini brushettas etc.
banned#30
pcnutta
all about presentation, some great ideas online - type in google posh buffet food and look at images.


Too easy :p
#31
At my friends wedding last year they had mini yorkshire puddings filled with a little piece of roast beef and gravy. Ya cant get more english than that
#32
(_;) just shop at waitrose they cater for the upperclass dumbos with loadsamoney!!
1 Like #33
Thanks again for everyones advice, i've taken them on board and this is what I have come up with:

Salmon side. Prepared M&S £18
Gammon Ham or roast beef slices.
Posh Sarnies: Cream cheese, Egg Mayo, Tuna Mayo cut out in small circles.
Filo parcels – Brie and Cranberry and spinach and ricotta
Salads- Plain salad, Potato salad, Fruity cous cous salad, greek salad, pasta salad.
Crusty Bread
Cheese board – farmhouse Cheddar, Cheshire, Brie, Stilton.
Goats cheese and red onion marmalade tarts
Pate
Quiche - Homemade – quiche Lorraine.
Pork, turkey and cranberry pie - £13 waitrose

Fruit and sponge decorated cupcakes – Tower on 3 tier stand.
Mini Cheese cake and pot au chocolate

Can't wait to do it all now :-)
#34
Shellywelly1 person likes this
Thanks again for everyones advice, i've taken them on board and this is what I have come up with:Salmon side. Prepared M&S £18Gammon Ham or roast beef slices.Posh Sarnies: Cream cheese, Egg Mayo, Tuna Mayo cut out in small circles.Filo parcels – Brie and Cranberry and spinach and ricottaSalads- Plain salad, Potato salad, Fruity cous cous salad, greek salad, pasta salad.Crusty Bread Cheese board – farmhouse Cheddar, Cheshire, Brie, Stilton.Goats cheese and red onion marmalade tarts PateQuiche - Homemade – quiche Lorraine.Pork, turkey and cranberry pie - £13 waitroseFruit and sponge decorated cupcakes – Tower on 3 tier stand.Mini Cheese cake and pot au chocolateCan't wait to do it all now :-)

And what are you gonna do for the 'upperclass' section?
#35
hmm jamie oliver is always a good way to go, i cooked this ham at christmas, it takes a fair bit of time but if you did go down the cold meats option i would certainly suggest it can just use a standard gammon joint for it if you desired thoug htry keep it british http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pork-recipes/jamie-s-jerk-ham

we allways have a pesto rice salad at things like a bbq but it wouldnt look out of place http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/party-food/accompaniment/pesto-rice-salad.html

more canape style nigellas christamas offers some great things:

nigellas sticky cocktail sausages are good http://www.food.com/recipe/nigella-lawson-cocktail-sausages-284319

nigellas haloumi bites http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/halloumi-bites-92

parma ham bundles http://www.cookstr.com/recipes/parma-ham-bundles

and theres other thing such as salmon on soda bread....

not very english i know

Edited By: joeprosho on Oct 03, 2010 18:39: adding
#36
olives
#37
micoo
olives
urgh olives are spawn of the devil! yuk! only like the green ones cooked in a tajine, over wise they make me feel ill!
#38
KFC
#39
fridgehead
KFC
lol would if I could get away with it!
#40
we usually do fruit kebabs they go down really well espesh with kids. normal wooden kebab sticks loaded with strawberrys, melow, fresh chopped up pineapple etc, look really bright & colourful and dont cost too much.

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