Happy Friday!!!! Hope that everyone is enjoying this mild weather that we’ve been experiencing the first week of February and that it is here to stay!! Today I decided to share the menu that I put together for a small dinner party that I had during the holiday’s.
I wanted to make a meal that was simple, rustic but jam-packed with flavour. So I decided to look for the highest quality of ingredients and let them speak for themselves – fresh cheeses, produce and the queen herself, black truffles! Now, if you’ve never had truffles, they are basically described as being a ‘gourmet mushroom’. It’s bursting with intense, earthy flavours and the smallest amount will definitely elevate your dish to the next level. Fair warning, truffles are really expensive but it is totally worth the splurge for special occasions. A small 2.82oz jar of sliced black truffles can run you close to $60 at William Sanoma.
But back to the food! We started the evening off with a cheese spread of Asiago, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Herbed Goat Cheese, Sharp Cheddar and Thyme and Garlic Camembert which was the show stopper. This dish is ABSOLUTELY delish!!!! I saw Gaby make it on her snapchat one day and I literally was drooling! If you love cheese you’ve gotta try this! I served everything up with some fresh grapes and apples, gourmet crackers, crostini’s, roasted garlic and an apple-onion chutney that I made.
For the main, I made my infamous Pasta ai Funghi which I topped off with fresh parm and the shaved black truffles to give it a certain je ne sais quoi. Alongside I made two homemade pizza’s. One which had a base of olive-oil, parmigiana and chili flakes topped with asiago, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and basil; and the second had a base of the apple-onion chutney that I made, topped with roasted garlic, turkey bacon and arugula.
To finish off the night, we indulged in some Molten Lava Cakes with French Vanilla Ice Cream — Yummm!!!!! As you can tell that we were way to excited for dessert that there is no picture but I promise you that it was good. I usually make them in small ramekins but that can sometimes become too much after a big meal. So instead I divided the recipe into a small cupcake pan and made 12 so that I was able to send some home with my guests. Click here for the recipe.
Overall it was a wonderful night. We got to spend some quality time with friends and enjoy really good food as we listened to Frank Sinatra. The little kiddies even enjoyed themselves. Baby Z loved the food and decided to entertain us with some dancing in his high chair, and little Baby L serenated us by trying to sing along with Frank. So the next time you have a special occasion or just want to catch up with some good company remember to let the ingredients speak for themselves – simple, rustic and absolutely delicious!
Until next time!