Foods to serve at an engagement party

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Get a couple's engagement going right with the perfect menu symbolizing two becoming one.

Foods to serve at an engagement party

Has someone you know (or maybe you) gotten engaged? Well, it’s time to throw a party! Here is a great menu full of ring-shaped or togetherness foods that are delicious and symbolic of two people uniting their lives.

Starting drink: Vodka grenadine shooters

Why not get the party going with this strong and very cool-looking cocktail? If you do it right, the grenadine and vodka will sit on two different layers, like the couple before their engagement. (Of course, that makes taking the shot like getting married, so maybe you shouldn’t take the analogy too far.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • 1 ounce vodka

Directions:

  1. Put a spoon over the mouth of a shot glass and slowly pour the grenadine over the spoon into the glass. 
  2. Pour the vodka over the spoon into the glass. You should have a white and red shot with two layers.

Starter: His-and-hers ravioli

One hot. One mild. These two ravioli are as different as can be, but they’re together on one plate.

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups ricotta
  • 6 tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoon sriracha
  • Wonton wraps
  • 1 egg
  • Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Put the chicken breasts into an ovenproof dish coated with cooking spray. Bake them for 22 minutes, then set aside to cool.
  3. Once cool, chop the chicken very fine and mix with the ricotta. Put half of the ricotta/chicken filling in one bowl and half in another. Mix the basil with one half and the sriracha in the other.
  4. Lay out the wonton wraps, then mix the egg with one tablespoon of water. This forms an egg wash for you to brush on two adjoining sides of the wrap.
  5. Put a teaspoon of filling into each wrap, then fold them into a triangle, crimping the edge with a fork.
  6. Boil the ravioli in well-salted water until they float to the top (about three to five minutes).

Entrée: T-bones and onion rings

The T-bone is two steaks brought together as one -- like a marriage. The onion rings symbolize the (non-edible) rings the couple will wear.

Ingredients:

  • 1 T-bone steak per person
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Store-bought breaded onion rings
  • Oil for frying

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Liberally cover the steaks with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Put a skillet on the stove over medium-high heat and let it get hot. Next, add four tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet and let it get hot.
  4. Put two steaks into the skillet, cook them three minutes and flip the steaks. Cook them another three minutes and put them in the oven for seven to nine minutes.
  5. Repeat or use multiple skillets so that you have steaks for each person.
  6. While the steaks are cooking, pour the oil into a saucepan and heat over high heat (about 375 degrees F if you have a thermometer). Fry the onion rings until golden brown.

Dessert: Missouri mudslides

Two different, equally delicious elements -- ice cream and brownies -- come together to make one decadent dessert.

Ingredients:

  • Brownies
  • Ice cream
  • Chocolate sauce

Directions:

  1. Top a brownie with ice cream and drizzle chocolate sauce over it. Because you did the cooking for the rest of the meal, feel free to use only store-bought ingredients on this course.

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