If you're hosting your wedding reception in a chic country barn, you're most likely craving a delicious-yet-casual catering menu that will add to the overall homespun feel of the event. Even if you know you want country-inspired comfort foods such as fried chicken and macaroni and cheese on the menu, you can still get creative by including a few unexpected items.
When you're planning a meal for a large reception, it's important to include a variety of items that will appeal to everyone on your guest list, including the vegans, vegetarians, and those with food allergies. Although country-themed cuisine is known for its signature meat dishes, such as grilled steaks and barbecue ribs, there are many ways you can incorporate tasty meatless dishes into your event menu as well.
Here are some appetizers, main dishes, and desserts to consider for your barn wedding reception:
1. Appetizer Platter
One way to keep things super-casual at your reception is to serve several appetizer trays at the beginning of the event and allow guests to choose their favorites as they mix and mingle. Some classic country treats include homemade sweet-and-sour and dill pickles; a variety of sliced cheeses, such as cheddar, Swiss and Havarti; butter crackers; summer sausage; and a nut mix.
You also can't go wrong with a tray of fresh vegetables, including carrots, celery, and cherry tomatoes and a creamy dill or French onion dip. Skewers of fruit will provide a sweet touch without filling guests up before the main courses.
2. Baked Beans and Hot Dogs
Baked beans and hot dogs are quintessential country-themed foods, so don't forget them on the appetizer table. Cut the hot dogs into bite-size pieces and pierce each one with a toothpick. Then place them on a hot plate of beans so that guests can put a little of each on their plates. For the vegetarians, you can provide meatless hot dogs and baked beans without bacon.
Cheesy lasagna is the ultimate comfort food, and it's easy to provide both the traditional meat and meatless varieties. Serve the Italian dish with breadsticks or garlic bread, along with a fresh green salad to round out the meal.
2. Chicken and Waffles
A popular dish in the South, chicken and waffles is both sweet and savory at once. Fry thickly-battered, boneless chicken breasts until they are golden crisp, and then serve them alongside hearty home-style waffles. Guests can either eat them a la carte or turn the ingredients into sandwiches. Provide maple syrup at each table.
1. Red Velvet Cake
For your wedding cake, you can't get more Southern than red velvet topped with a rich cream cheese or buttercream frosting.
2. Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Not only will an ice cream sundae bar complement the cake, but it's also a perfect way to end the event on a sweet, comforting note.