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Make-Ahead Southeast Asian Dinner Party Menu

Make-ahead strategies bring a Southeast Asian menu together in time for a fun weeknight dinner party.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2011


Broiled Shrimp Toasts
Coconut-Curry Noodle Soup
Chicken with Basil and Lime
Clementine Granita


Preparation Schedule

Two Days Ahead

Make and freeze the granita and clementine "cups."


One Day Ahead

  1. Make the shrimp paste. Slice the baguette.
  2. Marinate the chicken.
  3. Boil the noodles.


Night Of The Dinner

  1. Make the soup. Let the noodles stand at room temperature.
  2. Scrape the granita, and scoop into clementine cups; freeze until ready to eat.
  3. Assemble and broil the shrimp toasts. Serve them warm as they come out of the oven.
  4. Broil the chicken; let rest.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the garnishes for the soup. Rewarm the soup over low heat if needed, and squeeze in the lemon juice. Toss the chicken with basil and lime.

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