If you are in charge of one or all of the meals at your family reunion, think of preparing Mexican food. Blend traditional dishes with those that might not be familiar. If you are a good cook and you enjoy cooking for others, prepare the food yourself. Otherwise, consider arranging for meal delivery from a Mexican food restaurant.
Start With Appetizers - Mexican tortilla chips and salsa are easy to serve and most people enjoy them. Think of offering mild salsa along with a hotter version. In addition, serve the following appetizers that might not be as familiar to those who attend your reunion.
- Chunks of avocados and tiny shrimp tossed with fruit salsa
- A cheese log made from cream cheese, soft yellow cheese and a small can of chopped green peppers
- Coconut slices and jicama slices served with chamoy sauce
The Main Meal - Of course, tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas are a safe choice for the main dish. However, there are so many other Mexican main dishes that you might want to offer them, too.
- Red snapper served Veracruz style with green olives and other spices to make it unique
- Rolled cheese and shredded beef taquitos smothered in Mexican green sauce and topped with more cheese and sour cream.
- Milanesa, which is thinly sliced breaded meat like veal or beef
The Side Dishes - Go with traditional Mexican beans and rice, but add other sides, too.
- Corn-on-the-cob which has been spread with mayonnaise and then sprinkled with chili powder, lime juice, and cotija cheese
- Sliced squash sautéed with sliced onions and canned yellow corn then blended with melted cheese
- Chilled avocado soup served with a dollop of sour cream
The Desserts - Traditional flan and tres leches cake are two good choices to serve at your Mexican feast. Try some new sweets, too.
- Ice cream topped with warm cajeta, a caramel sauce made with goat milk
- Slices of ate de membrillo, a candy made from jellied quince
- A plate of assorted Mexican fruits like mango, papaya, mamey, guava, and pomegranates
Don't forget to include Mexican drinks with your meal. Agua de sandia, a sweetened watermelon drink, lemonade made with mineral water, and bottled sodas from Mexico are refreshing and will go perfectly with any Mexican foods you serve. End the meal with Mexican hot chocolate which has a cinnamon flavor to it. The adults might also enjoy a cup of hot coffee with Kahlua liquor in it.