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#1 Tue 24 Mar 09 2:07pm


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Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

Will be holding a party for my eldest in a few weeks, and am looking for ideas for easy-to-prepare food for them to eat for around 20 hungry teenagers (between 13 and 15 years old).  Things like cottage/shepherd's pie, lasagne, chilli con carne, etc are a bit of a non-starter as they are close to school type food!  Thought I would do my custard, banana and chocolate dish for pudding, but am completely stuck for ideas for a main course -  help   Also, needs to be easy to dance the night away afterwards, without causing indigestion  lol

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#2 Tue 24 Mar 09 2:30pm


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

Taco Chicken Wings

Cook Time: 45 minutes

    * 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    * 1 envelope (approx. 1 1/4 ounces) Taco Seasoning Mix
    * 3 pounds chicken wings, tips removed, cut at the joints
    * 6 tablespoons butter
    * 1 cup crushed Doritos or other corn chips

Combine flour with Taco Seasoning Mix in a plastic food storage bag. Add chicken wings, a few at a time, and shake to coat thoroughly.

Melt butter in a 15x10x1-inch baking pan (jelly roll pan size) or a large roasting pan. Add chicken to the pan turning over to coat well with the melted butter. Roll chicken pieces in corn chips then return to the baking pan. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.
Makes about 32 taco chicken wing appetizers.

Sausage & Apple Bites


    * 2 1/2 cups baking mix
    * 1 pound raw bulk breakfast sausage, hot or mild
    * 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    * 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
    * 2 tablespoons grated onion
    * 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    * 2 medium apples, finely chopped (about 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped finely)

Combine all ingredients; knead until well blended. Form into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until browned; turn after 10 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen.


Bacon Puffs

Cook Time: 20 minutes

    * 12 slices Bacon, about 8 ounces
    * 8 slices thin-sliced bread
    * 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Cut crusts from bread then cut each slice in half. For each puff, place 2 bread halves, end to end, on a strip of bacon. Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons shredded cheese. Roll up and fasten with picks. Stand rolls on edge on a rack in a shallow baking pan. Bake at 400° 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Serve hot.
Makes 12 appetizer puffs.

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#3 Tue 24 Mar 09 8:17pm


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas


I am in America, so I can only speak about American food, but here goes:

1)Pizza--this is the favorite food of all American teenagers without exception lol

2)Cheeseburgers and fries

3)Peanutbutter and jelly sandwiches.

I can give you recipes for any of these things if you would like them.

Also, for parties, I make individual shepherd's pies, I wonder if changing the shape would make them more partry-ish?  I make them in muffin pans.  First I roll biscuit dough into a maybe 8cm circles and press them into the muffin cups.  Then I partially bake them until they're a little brown.  They puff up so I press the inner part down with a small measuring cup.  I put a spoonful of mashed potatoes that I season with onion and garlic in the bottom.  Then I put a spoonful of the meat mixture on the top so it mounds up.   Then I put a slice of cheese over the top of that and finish baking them.  They are good!

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#4 Tue 24 Mar 09 8:31pm


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

What about something like fajita's ( don't know if you gluten free ones though , is this for your daughter with a gluten intollerence. )
I know that when we had crowds of teenagers over fajita's were always popolar, I would just put a large pile of warm 'wraps' and  dishes of the fillings , salads ,sour cream  etc on the table and let them make up their own , but be warned once they start , they eat loads!!

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#5 Wed 25 Mar 09 12:40am


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

Party Pizza
1 c Tomato sauce
15 oz Ready made pizza crust
1/4 lb Pepperoni; slice or chop
1/4 lb Salami; slice or chop
1/4 lb Mild italian sausage; cook & drain
1/2 c Black olives; slice
1 c shreaded Mozzarella
1 tb Fresh basil; mince
6 tb Graded Parmesan
1 tb Olive oil
Preheat oven to 400. Spread sauce over crust. Top with all remaining ingredients except parmesan and olive oil. Sprinkle cheese on top. Drizzle pizza with oil & parmesan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until crust is brown.

Greek Chicken Pita

4 large chicken breasts (about 7 oz. each)
8 oz. Italian-style vinegar-and-oil dressing (4 oz. for marinade and 4 to drizzle on the sandwiches)
1/2 red onion, cut into thin rings
12 1/4-inch-thick slices cucumber (unpeeled)
8 large slices of tomato
4 Greek-style pita breads (without pocket) or use regular pita bread but do not open
8 oz. cucumber yogurt dressing (see recipe)

Marinate chicken breasts in Italian dressing in refrigerator 24 hours. (The 4 ounces of dressing used to marinate the chicken should be discarded after use.)

Place chicken on grill or broil on both sides until meat in thickest part of breast reaches internal temperature of 165°F, about 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through. While chicken is cooking, microwave pita breads individually, 10 seconds each.

When chicken is done, remove from grill and cut into 1/2-inch strips. Place tomato slices, cucumber slices and red onion slices on one side of the pita bread on a serving plate. Top with the chicken strips. Pour about 4 ounces of the remaining Italian dressing over each sandwich.

Fold pita bread over as much as possible and secure with a pick (It will not fold over all the way. This sandwich needs to be eaten with a fork). Place a ramekin of cucumber/yogurt dressing on the same plate

Cucumber yogurt dressing:
1/4 lb. (1 small) cucumber
8 oz. sour cream
8 oz. plain yogurt
1 T. minced onion
1 1/2 t. freshly chopped parsley
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 1/2 t. seasoning salt
White pepper

Peel, seed and then shred cucumber in food processor. Place shredded cucumber in colander and let stand 20 minutes to allow liquid to drain off. While cucumber is standing, combine remaining ingredients and mix well.

Press cucumber to extract all remaining liquid and combine with creamy mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before using.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups or enough for 10 sandwiches, 1/4 cup per sandwich.

Note: Any extra dressing can be used as a vegetable dip or as a dip for french fries

Chicken and Mozzarella Quesadillas

16 (8-inch) flour tortillas
4 C. shredded cooked chicken
4 plum tomato, halved, seeded and diced
4 C. shredded mozzarella
2 t. dried basil
4 t. olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange the tortillas on a baking sheet and toast 5 minutes; turn over and bake an additional 5 minutes. Top two of the tortillas with the chicken, diced tomato, mozzarella and basil. Top with the remaining tortillas, pressing down lightly. Brush the tops with olive oil.

Bake about 8 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and cool a few minutes before cutting into wedges.

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#6 Wed 25 Mar 09 12:46am


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

How about tacos or burritos?  Kids can make it themselves, you just prepare the meat beforehand.  Or have a fondue.  That way they will socialise while eating.

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#7 Wed 25 Mar 09 12:52am


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

I've got two teenage girls and they like to have mini hot dogs (good chippolata sausages cooked on the BBQ, or in the oven) and potato wedges when a group of friends come over.  We have a brand of "healthy choice" frozen chips and wedges here that are ok for this kind of thing, served with bowls of sour cream and sweet chilli dipping sauce.

They would prefer something like that to a sit-down meal.  Also the Mexican wrap idea is great as they can all assemble their own to their personal taste.

To try and add a healthy element, I like to do mini fruit kebabs of melon, grapes, pineapple, strawberries on cocktail sticks.  They look pretty and you can stretch the fruit a long way.  My girls like to make their own iced cup cakes instead of one large birthday cake.  They go back to their childhood and stick all sorts of sweets on top, M&Ms, jelly babies etc.  These can be made and frozen beforehand and iced/decorated on the day.

Good luck and have fun whistle

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#8 Wed 25 Mar 09 9:26am


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

Thank you all so much for the ideas!!  I think a buffet idea with some quesadillas, fajitas, pizza, and a selection of salads looks rather like the ticket!!  It will have to be gluten and dairy free - but I reckon I can get or make most of the things needed ...  any more ideas would be most welcome!!

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#9 Thu 26 Mar 09 12:27am


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

Found this from a site where the girl was trying to cut out certain foods from her diet and came accross this, hope you can find the subsitutes doll!

Here’s a basic recipe for Mac & Cheese:

Cheese Sauce:
1 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Flour
1/2 to 1 cup Milk
1-2 cups grated cheese

Melt butter in a sauce pan.
Add flour and about 1/8 cup of milk to melted butter, stir in quickly.
Slowly add about half of remaining milk, stirring constantly to prevent lumps. Don’t add too much milk, you want it to be thick, but pourable.
Once you have a smooth white sauce, then slowly add in the cheese, mixing and adding more milk to keep entire mix smooth and “saucy”.
Macaroni and Cheese Casserole:
Prepare macaroni, or other pasta as per directions.
Once cooked, strain, and add to a casserole dish.
Mix in Cheese Sauce.
Mix in additional grated cheese.
Cover with layer of grated cheese.
Bake at 425F until cheese is brown and slightly crispy.
Ok, so that’s the basic recipe… So how can you make this Gluten Free/Dairy Free?

I substituted the following:

Instead of butter, use dairy free butter substitute (margine works fine!)
Instead of wheat flour, I used a basic gluten free flour substitute
Instead of milk, I used soy milk
Instead of cheddar cheese, I used dairy free (soy based) cheese substitute
Instead of standard macaroni, I used gluten free rice pasta


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#10 Thu 26 Mar 09 10:34am


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Re: Teenage Party Recipe Ideas

You could make tamales.

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