Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I'm Having A Dinner Party...

I hosted a cupcake and champagne party that went smashingly. Now I have a real dinner party and the last time I did that I made a crazy amazing bouef bourgignon.

These are the same kids invited this time, I can't make that twice.

I did like how there was a lot of different stuff in one bowl, and it was rich and very winter-friendly. There was a whole bottle of wine poured in and it steeped the meat until it fell away from the fork. You could cut it with a spoon and the carrots were juicy, the potatoes sopped up with rich, buttery, runoff from the meat and vegetables and wine. Oh man, it was gooooood.

I'm thinking beef again (filet? rubbed with butter and salt and pepper and roasted?) or lamb (loin? marinated? crusted?) this time, with lots of stuff--I dunno, olives or sage or tons of garlic and lemon and crispy potatoes. But I'm not sure what I should make, and what would be big, hearty and delicious and not overpower whatever anyone else will bring. But still be the showpiece...

Any suggestions? I would be so excited to hear your crowd-pleasing dinner party mains!

3 comments:

Victoria said...

How about coq-au-vin?
It's the same idea as boeuf bourg, but you can add you own citrus-y twist to it. (I'm French, and our hot pot winter recipe staples are these two dishes).

K said...

oooh i love that dish! what a great suggestion, thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Spicy lamb stew! Corriander and cumin..yum!