So... for the last 6 months or so, a group of family and friends have been getting together on Saturday Nights and we rotate w one person doing the cooking, and the spouse/partner choosing the entertainment... just a great way for everyone to get together and have a great meal and some great fun together... we started with a bunch of rules ala Top Chef quickfires, but have kind of let them slip in the spirit of "just make a good meal"
So far, ive been using my nights to work my way thru Top Chef recipe's that looked good, or happened to win on the show... I always end up doing twice the cooking as everyone else and have had peaks and valleys, ive made the consensus BEST meal so far and although everyone was nice about it... i know ive made one of the worst as well...(DAMN YOU SPIKE!)
So, ive decided to move away from the Top Chef inspiration and just go freestyle... I figured, theres got to be some aspiring chefs, or at least some damn good cooks in here....
So, Let me have it...
Delicious recipe's that serve 6-8, plate/visual appeal counts... but nowhere near as important as flavor...
Hit me with your best shots, im in the kitchen this Saturday... and need to top the Braised Short Ribs, Gnochi, Citrus Arugala salad I served last time..
This meal always kicks butt. What's funny is that all the recipes came out of Bon Appetit magazine. Usually I have varied sources. :)
Baked Pork Chops with Parmesan-Sage Crust Recipe at Epicurious.com
use parmigiano-reggiano cheese for this. Trust me.
Roasted Garlic Cheese Toasts Recipe at Epicurious.com
Sounds like a strange combo, but it tastes great. You can sub rosemary for the thyme.
Carrots Glazed with Balsamic Vinegar and Butter Recipe at Epicurious.com
I usually make mashed potatoes as well.
serve with a Gewurztraminer. Yum. :)
You can serve a pear and blue cheese salad to start - the gewurztraminer will pair well with that as well.
This is one of my faves to make...granted it's not really the season right now, but hey, have some fun with it:
homemade tortelloni stuffed with pumpkin and ricotta cheese in a sage and mascarpone cheese sauce topped with toasted walnuts
Originally Posted by DotUKings
ive gotten into trouble with marscapone in the past...
Keep em coming folks...
Few bottles of whiskey, couple cases of good beer, and metal on the hi fi.