What should you consider when planning your wedding menu? First, check Boracay wedding venues that allow outside catering because some hotels only allow their food in their function halls. Then, set a budget for each guest. This will help you decide between a sit-down dinner and a buffet. Next, list down your guests to get an idea of the type of food that suit most of the people. Your menu should also fit your wedding theme. A beach wedding menu typically consists of seafood, fruits and fresh veggies. Even the cocktails are refreshingly summer-inspired. Meticulous planning is your ultimate insurance against beach wedding mishaps.
Here are memorable wedding recipes for your special day.
A fruit and seafood appetizer
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For the appetizer, you can serve the Shrimp-and-Pomelo Spinach Salad. The ingredients include 3 peeled pomelo fruits cut into 3/8 inch-thick pieces, 3 tablespoons wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 ½ pounds peeled and deveined large shrimp, 1 ½ pounds spinach leaves, and ½ thinly sliced red onion.
In a large bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, ½ cup oil and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper, then cook in 1 tablespoon oil until pink. Add the pomelo, cooked shrimp, spinach and onion in the bowl. Instead of spinach, you can opt for avocados. Toss well before serving in glass cups.
Simple beach-inspired entrée
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What choices of appetizers suit a beach wedding? Go for seafood abundant in Boracay such as prawns, lobsters, scallops, clams and various types of fish. You can wrap scallops with prosciutto or any dry-cured ham, then grill until crisp. Serve with sticks on beautiful trays.
Lobsters are cheap and plentiful in Boracay. To make lobster rolls, dress chunks of lobster meat with mayonnaise, lemon juice, chives and seasoning to taste. Fill toasted buns with the lobster mix. You can also serve crackers and cheese, and fruit slices before dinner.
An easy-to-make chicken main course
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Roasted Chicken with Lemon Sauce is a 6-ingredient savory course that will delight your Boracay wedding guests. Season 3 chicken halves with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken in a large roasting pan with a rack for about 45 minutes at 165 degrees Fahrenheit. To make the sauce, pour pan juices without the fat into a measuring cup. Cook 1 ¼ cup dry wine in a pan over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add ¾ cup chicken broth, 3 tablespoons lemon juice and pan juices. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, then add water to 1 ½ cups. Pour ½ cup of sauce for every serving of 2 chicken halves.
Beef barbeque goodness
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Can’t think of recipes to make your wedding memorable? Beef barbeque is a sure-fire hit in outdoor events. Surprise your guests with seasoned rib-eye steak. Simply season each bone-in rib-eye steak with freshly ground black pepper then cook on a wood burning grill. For a rare cut, you can cook each side for about 6 minutes. For medium rare, 8 minutes will do. Remove the steak from the grill, season with salt, and cut into ¾-inch slices. Place the slices on top of romaine lettuce or arugula.
Add flavor to the beef barbeque by serving choices of sides. You can have barbeque beans, potato salad, toasted garlic bread or coleslaw.
A simple pork recipe for beach weddings
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Pork is a lot more affordable than rib-eye steak. You can serve braised pork chops as your main course. Cook pork chops with 2 tablespoons of canola oil over medium-high heat. In medium bowl, stir together 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire or soy sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, and 1/3 cup water. Pour the mixture over pork chops then cook for about an hour. Transfer cooked pork into serving plates. Meanwhile, raise the heat on the sauce and cook until thick. Pour sauce on the pork and garnish with fresh parsley.
Zesty mackerel dish
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A fish dish is a must-have in your Boracay wedding menu. The island has rich sea resources including a wide range of fishes. For your special day, you can serve a sumptuous mackerel or salmon dish. Place one whole mackerel on a large tin foil. Add chopped red chilies, orange zest and juice, and a drizzle of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Seal the foil to create a sealed bag. Cook on grill for 5 minutes.
A delectable grilled salmon recipe
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Celebrity chef Anna Olson shares a fantastic recipe, Grilled Salmon with Balsamic Onion Glaze. To prepare the glaze, cook 2 large sliced onions on pan with hot olive oil. Sweat onions until all liquid had evaporated. Add 1/6 cup of balsamic vinegar and simmer until absorbed. Add another 1/6 cup of vinegar and cook until glazed. Add salt and pepper to taste, then set aside. For the salmon, place salmon fillets on a preheat grill and brush the fish lightly with olive oil and seasoning. Reduce ½ cup balsamic vinegar with 2 sprig fresh rosemary in a sauce pot to a glaze consistency. Brush the salmon fillets with balsamic mix in the last five minutes of cooking. Serve the fillets with onion glaze on the side.
Glorious dessert treats
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Enchant your guests with glorious desserts. Beach wedding desserts may be slices of ripe mango, pears and watermelon served in glass cups. You can also serve rolled sugar cookies baked in the shape of seashells.
To prepare sorbet bombe, beat 3 pints of peach sorbet in a mixer bowl until smooth. Spread all over bottom and up sides of a popsicle mold or bowl. Freeze for about an hour. Beat 2 pints of coconut sorbet in a mixer bowl then pack into the center and top of the mold. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. Drip the mold in hot water to unmold. Cut into slices before serving in glass cups.
A wedding is more than a celebration of two people; it is a coming together of two families. It is an event worth all the preparation and the stress that goes with it. Aspire for a perfect Boracay wedding by making the necessary preparations from the venue decoration to the menu.