These book club menus are for those of you who want to prepare a fun and delicious meal, but don't have the extra time to follow a book theme or cook from scratch. That's okay! Your menu can be just as talked about at the end of the night as a themed menu if you pair the right things. We've put together a few favorites that will produce great results and won't take a long time to prepare.
Each of the following general book club menus can be prepared using a recipe of your own or by getting the items pre-made at the store.
Each menu option includes a suggested drink to compliment the meal. It is always a good idea to have water and soda on hand as well. As you get to know your members you can provide drinks specific to their likes and dislikes.
Appetizer: Bruchetta with sliced Asiago or Romano cheese on the side
Main Course: Lasagna with Garlic Bread
Drink: Red Wine (for fall and winter try a Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz, for spring and summer try a Pinot Noir or Red Zinfandel)
Appetizer: Pinwheels made with crescent rolls stuffed with cream cheese, sage, and bacon
Main Course: Deli Platter including 4 meats (turkey, ham, chicken, roast beef) and 4 cheeses (Swiss, American, cheddar, Monterey Jack). Platter should also include mustard, mayo, lettuce, pickles, onions, and tomato
Desert: Ice Cream Cake
Drink: Iced Tea
Appetizer: Port Wine Cheese Spread and Ritz Crackers
Salad: Asian Salad including sliced green onions, slivered almonds, and toasted sesame noodles
Main Course: Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs with green peppers, red peppers, onions, and mushrooms on each stick (you can choose to do Beef Kabobs or a combination of both)
Side Dish: Teriyaki Style Rice
Desert: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Drink: White Wine
Appetizer: Mozzarella Sticks
Main Course: Sliders (mini burgers) with choice of cheese and toppings
Side Dish: Potato Wedge French Fries and Cole Slaw
Appetizer: Toasted Raviolis
Main Course: Pizza (this can be ordered from your local favorite, store bought frozen, or built from scratch)
Salad: Tossed including carrots, black olives, mozzarella cheese, bacon bits, croutons, onions, tomatoes, and choice of dressing
Drink: Coke or Pepsi
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