Monday, May 4, 2009
Pasta Salad and Kentucky Derby Party Menu
This Saturday was the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Steve and I thought it would be fun to host a party this year. Neither of us have even been to the Derby and we aren't into horse racing but it seemed like a fun excuse to have a party. I was excited about wearing a dress and big hat but with all my planning I ended up leaving it for the last minute. I wore a hat but it wasn't the fancy one I envisioned. I skipped the dress due to the weather but it ended up being a beautiful day after all. We all had a great time, ate lots of food and had a lot of laughs. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Here's my menu. I will be adding recipes here throughout the week so make sure you keep checking back!
Rice Croquettes (previously posted)
Guacamole (only store bought item)
Bourbon Marinated Flank Steak Skewers
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Grilled Corn Salad
Baby Spinach Salad
Bourbon Balls (Made by Janet)
Coconut Macaroons (Made by Janet)
Assorted Cookies from Ferrara's Bakery (Christine)
Everyone else brought assorted alcoholic beverages and we had plenty of beer, Smirnoff ice and of course, bourbon for Mint Juleps.
The Pasta Salad is always a big hit because it's loaded up with veggies. This recipe isn't exact because I add different things every time. This is basically what I use but anything could be swapped out. Sometimes I use bocconcini (marinated fresh mozzarella balls) instead of feta, different colored peppers, different types of olives. My friend Dana made one last week with provolone and salami and it was great. Use what you like and have fun with it.
Michele’s Pasta Salad
2lbs rotini pasta or any other medium size pasta (farfalle, rotelle, cavatappi)
2 small jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained and cut in half
1 can chickpeas, drained
1 medium jar red roasted peppers, drained and chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
1 small red onion, diced
Approx 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced in half
1 - 2 small bunch broccoli florets, boiled in salted water or steamed
1 small package grape tomatoes, halved
1 small container, crumbled feta cheese
1 small bunch basil, torn
Grated Romano cheese, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Italian Dressing (or I make my own dressing)
Boil pasta in salted water, drain and rinse with cold water. Combine with all other ingredients. Toss with oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic powder or your favorite Italian Dressing (I like Good Seasons). Add a little at a time and taste to adjust seasoning to taste.
This serves an army but leftovers are great the next day!