I'm in a need of a little advice! I'm a gourmet chef who loves all kinds of foods, who is cooking for a group that wants simple, down home style food. It's a holiday dinner party for two construction companies. I moved from the city to a small town and I'm adjusting to their palettes.
They were particular about having meat, preferably beef. When I suggested twice baked potatoes, she said how about mashed and then she said she likes green bean almandine with roasted red peppers since it's the holidays. Also 7 out of the 21 people want Salmon, which is fine. I have a great simple recipe for Salmon. They don't want any rich sauces or anything spicy! Normally, I like making sauces and cooking with spices so I'm a little out of my element. It is going to be buffet style and there are going to be 14 hungry constructions workers out of a total of 21 poeple. I'm a little concerned with the budget and doing it buffet style but that is the way it's going to be.
So the question is, what kind of beef should I prepare? I think steaks would be too expensive. A roast of some sort would be best. I'm not confident with doing a Rump Roast because I'm not sure the quality of the meat will be that great and I don't want to serve tough meat. Prime Rib (Choice) is on sale for $4.98lb right now. If I do this, it will be one slice per person and this may be hard to control. I will not do a carving station. Should I do it for $25 per person? Does anyone have any other ideas that will cost less? Non beef suggestions that would be suitable for a Holiday Party would be great too.
Budget: $525 for 21 people
The potatoes, green beans and popovers should not cost more than $25-$30.
My time along with one other helper will cost about $300.
So I have about $200 to spend on meat/salmon, hors d'oeuvres and dessert. If I did Prime Rib and Salmon that would be $100 and then only $100 left for the rest. What could I make that would be hearty enough for these men?
Thanks for any and all advice!