Menu: Celebrating Spring
There is no greater gift than sharing a delicious, home-cooked meal with people you love the most. Let the spring awakening serve as your inspiration with the abundance of of-the-moment produce available on the shelves of local food markets and stores. Live in the moment, play with seasonality of local ingredients and you’ll be rewarded with the most delicious, nutritious meals.
Welcome your guests with a shot of spring – a strikingly bright Asparagus Soup as an amuse-bouche of the evening, followed by selection of savory hors d’oeuvres such as old-time favorite Prosciutto San Daniel and assortment of briny Mixed Olives.
The next course is one of the most revered and popular dishes on restaurant menus all over the world. I challenged myself to make it to perfection. With my easy step-by-step preparation, tips and more, learn how to make a definite crowd pleaser – Octopus Salami. Its marble slices topped with refreshing Blood Orange and Fennel Salad will leave your guests begging for more.
To minimize prep time on the day of the dinner, smear the mustard on top of each rack of lamb and dip into bread crumbs mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Then, just before your guests arrive that night, take the meat out and let it stand at room temperature 1 hour before cooking. There you have Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb on a bed of sweet pea puree and beautiful roasted cherry tomatoes.
As a stunning finale to your dinner, make Vanilla Panna Cotta, with its sweet, creamy texture in combination with fresh, tart berries, lemon zest and strips of mint not only looks beautiful and elegant on a plate but also tastes divine. It is truly a stress free dessert which can be prepared one or two days ahead. Let your friends partake in its decoration by using fresh mixed berries, strips of mint and honey.