A Three Course Meal in Less Than an Hour
Having a grown up dinner party where the wine will flow and no kids will be allowed? Lucky you! The key to having a fun dinner party is to not make the food so complicated that everyone is standing around awkwardly watching you . You want to be able to have food to nibble on while the main course is being prepared, and the main course should not take more than a half an hour to cook. Having most of the elements of the meal pre-made will save you time and mental space so you can still chat while throwing the meal together. Here is a sample menu:
A pre-made board of sheep's cheese, dried fruit or fruit spread, oiled and salted marcona almonds, and some light crackers.
Seared pork chops topped with a pre-made rhubarb sauce made out of 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1/2 cup chopped red onion, 2 stalks of rhubarb (chopped), 1 tablespoon good balsamic, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 3 tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of nutmeg all simmered together. Serve the rhubarb-topped pork chops with orzo cooked in chicken stock and a vegetable.
Pre-make these chocolate pots de creme a few hours before people arrive. Whir 12 ounces chocolate chips, 4 eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla, a pinch of salt in a food processor. Once combined and finely ground, pour in 8 ounces of very strong, very hot black coffee and whir until smooth. Pour into 8-10 small cups and refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.
Do you ever have dinner parties?