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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Home Smoker + Indian Inspired Dinner Party Menu

I had some friends and family over for a last minute dinner party over the weekend which had me running around like a crazy woman Saturday morning shopping for food and then coming home to clean the house and cook while Mr P tidied up the patio and backyard which had become overgrown and unloved over these winter months.

Not having a lot of time to plan the menu, we decided to try out our new Bradley Smoker Oven and whip up some tasty smoked dishes - we cold smoked some cheese and hot smoked sausage and tandoori chicken - Mr P is officially the Smoking King - the smoked food was amazing.

I made the remaining dishes which had an Indian theme, prepped and cooked everything ready so it just needed to be reheated or taken from the fridge before serving. That's my kind of dinner party, less time in the kitchen and more time having fun with friends!


Here is our Indian inspired dinner menu ....


Welcome drink:

Limoncello and Prosecco cocktails
Pour into a champagne glass a nip of limoncello and top with prosecco
An easy and refreshing drink to get the party started!

Starter:

Cold smoked cheddar cheese and smoked baked brie stuffed with garlic and lemon thyme,
smoked and sliced South African sausage boerewors, seedless grapes, red apple slices and
bread croutons drizzled in oil and baked in the oven until crunchy
I've always wanted to make a warm baked cheese and now that I have there's not going back it was absolutely delicious and the pre-smoke helped to enhance the flavours too

Main:

5 hour smoked and BBQ whole split chickens in a tandoori marinade
the smokey flavour was amazing this was definitely the hero dish on the table

Vegetables:

Garlic and Chilli Potatoes and 
Cauliflower with turmeric, black mustard seeds, cumin seeds and fresh coriander
Corn on the cob with butter, garlic and fresh herbs, cooked in an oven bag for 30 minutes
The vegetables were easy to make beforehand and then heat up before serving


Sides:

Cucumber Raita, Banana and Coconut Sambal, Mango Chutney,
Rice, Pappadums and Flat Bread
I made the side dishes ahead of time and put them in the fridge (except for the mango chutney which came from a jar!)

The rice was ready in the rice cooker keeping warm and
the flat bread was slathered in garlic butter and warmed in the oven before serving

We carved up the chicken, put all the vegetable and side dishes in the middle of the table
and everyone helped themselves .... it was quite a feast with enough for 2nd and 3rd helpings!

Dessert:

Fresh strawberries marinated in limoncello, orange juice and freshly ground pepper - recipe here
(I upped the ante and used tablespoons not teaspoons!)
Served over vanilla ice cream and topped with crunchy biscuits
With a shot of chilled limoncello to wash it down
  
We are still learning how to use our Bradley Smoker Oven - how long to smoke for and what flavoured briquettes to use for different types of food.

We still want to try smoking some fish and I want to have another go at pulled pork after our last effort didn't turn out so well!

What's your favourite smoked food?


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4 comments:

  1. Seriously. I could eat all of that food right now... it looks SO good! You are such a wonderful menu planner and hostess!

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    1. Haha thanks Carrie. I do love to entertain :)

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  2. Oh my gosh, mouth watering!!! I would so love to try smoking food too

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    1. Its been a bit of trial and error but we are learning what tastes the best smoked :)

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