Umm yeh you got me <_<
I think someone (possiblly ordo) had a recipe for paella
Seriously 5 course meal for less then 11 dollars per person ... no seafood , nuts , saffron , paprika , cured ham , etc.... <_<
I think you need to have a firm chat with whoever is in charge.
Well in your shoes i would most likely do this....
Dish #1: Pico de Gallo with Tortillas and a selection of cheese - Wine and cheese go great and this spanish salsa is easy , inexpensive and goes great with tortillas ( its vegetarian so its good too ) i rather have it with pork or lamb , but since u need to cut costs some torilla chips and cheese may go great with it.
Dish #2: Gazpacho - Chilled , uses tomatoes , S&P , Cilantro , and you can incorporate your own spices , its easy , fast and cheap.
If you want a different taste use green apples too XD.
Dish #3: Stuffed Bell Peppers with Picadillo style rice - cheap , can be inexpensive , and is actually filling. Each pepper depending on size easily makes 2 plates. Accompany maybe with a sauce and topped with cheese.
Dish #4: Roasted Chicken with chorizo , potatoes and herbs - We need either chicken or fish and for fish i would suggest cod ( which is pricey , well at least in Brazil ) so i suggest chicken with herbs , potatoes and chorizo which is a favorite of mine.
Dish #5: Crema Catalana - Basically a creme brulee
Churros - Do it if you know how , i have exploded churros before without knowing how to make them , they are dangerous lil bstrds
Flan - You can make them and cut them in separate portions and sauce with caramel , its easy to make basically you need caramel to pour over the tray , you need 1 can of condensed milk , around 2 cans of milk ( use the can of condensed milk to measure ) and 4 -5 eggs depending on size. Beat well and pour over tray with caramel . Cook in Bain Marie for 1 hour at 150 degrees C .
Well i think if i was to serve this with such a low budget i would be proud. Again im sure i you would probably waste 15 dollars per person with these dishes , but then again maybe not. Seriously though talk to who ever is in charge to give you a higher budget.
Hope i was of some help....
We just did a wine dinner 3 weeks ago competing with some restaurants in town. Except we had south africa while other restaurants had other countries. Our dishes needed to be cheap , easy , tasty and still look fancy. We won 3 out of 5 categories , being best dessert , main course , and best team and head chef. So yeh i have dealt with this before.
Also dont give me all the credit , i have seen some of these recipes in CT , on google , and in some old cooks books , as well as done some on my own.
Edited by KaiqueKuisine - 8/19/13 at 10:11pm