Here is the deal: Every year my husband has had a big BBQ birthday celebration hosted by his family. Last year we didn't have one because he was in the hospital, the year before that was our first year married so his family hosted. Now the torch has been passed to me for this year GREAT.
Here is the thing, his family is Italian-American and I'm a mid-west white girl. This translates to his family growing up spending HOURS in the kitchen cooking fabulous meals, and me not so much. I bastardized everything with shortcuts like pillsbury crusts, microwaves, and Rachel Ray hacks (whom they hate BTW). They are purists through and through.
Anyway, I presented my list of menu ideas (that I found on Pinterest) to my husband and his brother last week and they mocked it mercifully. It was mostly cute salad sides and appetizers that had been labeled "Italian" by some well meaning housewife, but wasn't authentic AND, there wasn't enough meat dishes. I forgot, they are Italian. They want an entree to eat while they are waiting for their main entree to cook (think My Big Fat Greek Wedding festivities). The main "main entree" is grilled tri-tip.
So here I am, trying to figure out what else I could cook to fed 30 Italian family members in a grand fashion worthy enough to carry on this tradition. I don't want you to think I am complaining or that they are ungreatful, neither is true. I'm just a white girl trying to make her Dego husband happy. Help!
Any authentic Italian recipes that can be made beforehand and carried over to a park is what I'm after. I was already thinking Italian sausage and peppers and Italian cream cake, but any other suggestions would be appreciated!