This Alternative Americana Feast is simply another menu suggestion to serve at an Americana Inspired Feast. The centrepiece is a glorious glazed ham served with loads of US inspired sides like green bean casserole and followed by a stunning chocolate lime pie. Yum!
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Alternative Americana Feast Recipes
This is my suggested collection of recipes which provide a nicely rounded meal. I have split the collection into three ‘courses’.
In this collection, I have designed the appetizer course to be served at the table in a traditional style. The entrees (main course) can be served family style at the table and the dessert obviously comes last!
For the lowdown on all my suggestions for hosting a big Americana Feast, make sure to check out my main Americana Feast post.
Almost everything can be prepared in advance and reheated or cooked just before serving. Read the get ahead instructions in each recipe carefully for more information.
You can’t go wrong with soup and bread. Chowder is quintessentially American and can be made vegetarian or with another meat if you prefer.
The recipe for my Turkey Chowder is written to provide a full main course serving per portion. I would recommend serving no more than a half portion for a starter course or even just a third.
So to serve 4 to 6 people, I would set the recipe card to show 2 portions. To serve 8 to 10 people, I would leave it at 4 portions. For 12 to 14 people, go for 6 portions.
It doesn’t matter how many people you are serving, you absolutely do not want to make less than one of these loaves! I promise that there will be no waste and any leftovers can be left of the table to be eaten with the main course.
Make a whole large ham, no matter how many people you are planning on serving. Just as I’ve suggested in my everyday feast which is a significantly pared down version of this menu, there are a multitude of uses for the leftovers.
Unless you are feeding more than 10/12. In which case make two hams!
My macaroni cheese portions serve as main courses. So make half as many portions as people you are feeding. This should still give you a generous portion each when combined with all the other options on the table.
The recipe as given makes roughly 12 pancakes. I would cater for 2 pancakes per person or just one if you are catering for smaller appetites.
I would recommend making slightly fewer portions of the casserole than you have people to serve. Make 4 portions to serve 6 people for example.
You can’t go wrong with a classic salad. You can either toss the dressing through the salad at the last minute or serve the dressing on the side. You can also serve all of the salad elements separately as a deconstructed salad buffet.
As an alternative you could serve my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake. Both desserts can be prepped in advance.
Drinks for Americana Feasts
Check out my dedicated post all about Americana Inspired Drinks.
I’ve included ideas for soft and alcoholic drinks as well as some ideas for hot drinks. There should be something for everyone and something for every season.
I’ve also given you loads of advice about how and in what to serve your drinks.
Looking for Other Americana Collections?
This collection is best suited to a larger crowd. The large ham works great as a centrepiece and with basically everything able to be prepped ahead of time, it really is stress free!
But I have also put together collections which are suitable for a feast of any size and also a wholly vegetarian feast. Check them out now!
Everyday Americana Feasts
Whats more, I’ve put together a selection of Americana inspired menus which don’t require you to have any friends! They’re smaller menus perfect for 1 or 2 people. But they can also be easily scaled up to feed more people in a slightly simpler way.
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