Italian buffet: 8 recipes and time schedule (2024)

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As promised, today the schedule for the Italian buffet. With reference to the recipes and a time table.

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Welcome co*cktail

Buffet recipes

  • Tomato salad with Parmesan, pesto and pine nuts
  • Spinach ricotta and feta cake
  • Bolognese quiche
  • Focaccia with tomato, Italian herbs and Parmesan
  • Fast macaroni
  • spaghetti with shrimp and arugula

Dessert recipe

  • Dessert tiramisu cupcakes

Planning and time table

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Up to 2 weeks ahead

  • Prepare theBolognese quichesand freeze.

1 week before the buffet

  • Bake thefocaccia with Italian herbs, parmesan, and tomatoesand freeze it.
  • Toast the pine nuts for thetomato salad with pesto and pine nuts.

Up to 3 days before

  • Bake the cupcakes for theTiramisu cupcakesdessert.

Up to 2 days before the buffet

  • Prepare the pesto fortomato salad with pesto and pine nuts, store in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

1 day before

  • Cut the sun-dried tomatoes for thespaghetti with prawns and arugulainto strips. Save them to use in an airtight container.
  • For thefast macaroniyou fry the bacon with the onions and fry the minced beef. Add the tomato paste and let it fry gently. This mixture can be storedin a sealed container in the refrigerator until use.
  • Put the Prosecco for thepeach Bellini'sin the refrigerator.
  • Take the champagne glasses to wipe them clean.
  • Thaw the phyllo dough, but do not remove the plastic (spinach ricotta and feta cake).
  • For the samecake,you prepare the garlic butter.
  • Shave the Parmesan cheese fortomato salad with pesto and pine nutsand store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Buffet: morning tasks

  • Blanch the peaches and remove the peel. Puree the flesh with lemon juice. Put it in the fridge so it's ready when preparing theBellini'slater.
  • Make the topping ofcupcakesand pipeon the cupcake. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator;
  • Make the filling ofricotta, spinach, and feta cake.
  • Cut the tomatoes into slices for the tomato salad. Place a damp paper towel in a small container. Place the tomatoes on it and close the tray off. Put to use in the refrigerator.

Early in the afternoon

  • Prepare thespinach ricotta and feta cakesand bake them. Storeit in a cool dry area (not in the fridge!).

Buffet actions

For your signature welcome co*cktails

  • Addsome peach puree at the bottom of the champagne glass. Fill with Prosecco.

1 hour before start buffet

  • Preheat the oven to 465 degrees Fahrenheit (240 degrees Celsius).

45 minutes before start

  • Sprinklethe focaccia with Italian herbs, tomato and parmesan cheesewith grated cheese and bake for 10 minutes in the oven. Fold the bread in aluminum foil so that it is still a bit warm when the buffet starts.
  • Turn the oven back to 390 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).

30 minutes before start buffet

  • Put two large pots on high heat on the stove, with plenty of water to cook the macaroni for thefast macaroniand in the other pan for spaghetti for thespaghetti with shrimp and arugula.

25 minutes before start buffet

  • For thetomato salad with pine nuts and parmesan cheeselay the tomatoes on the (little) plates,spreadthe pesto over it, then the pine nuts, pepper, grated cheese and end with a drizzle of olive oil;
  • Bake the quiches 20-25 minutes in the oven and serve immediately. Defrosting the quiches is not necessary.

10 minutes before the start

  • Cut the ricotta spinach and feta cake into slices and place on serving dish.
  • Cook the spaghetti for thespaghetti with prawns and arugula.
  • Cook the macaroni forsuperfast macaroni.
  • Warm the beefmixture for thefast macaronion low heat on the stove.
  • Stir-fry the shrimp and sundried tomatoes for thespaghetti with shrimp and arugula.

Final actions

  • Place thefocaccia with tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and Italian seasoningon a breadboard with a knife.
  • Put thericotta spinach feta cakeon the buffet table.
  • Put thetomato salad with pine nuts and Parmesan cheeseon the buffet table;
  • Put the quiches on cake traysand serve.
  • Mix the beef mixture well with the macaroni forsuperfast macaroni. Put in a nice bowl on the buffet.
  • Combine the shrimp, sundried tomato, and spaghetti and toss together in a nice bowl. Sprinkle the arugula on top.


  • Serve the tiramisu cupcakes on tart platters.

More Italian buffet recipes

  • Slow Cooker Spezzatino di Manzo
  • One-Pan Zucchini Pesto Orzo with Parmesan and Shrimp
  • Italian Ragù alla Bolognese (Bolognese Sauce)
  • Crock Pot Beef and Noodles

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