I love foods from American, Italian, Latin, & and Asian inspired cuisines. I realize technically the following items can all be considered "American" as they not at authentic. With that said let me present my menu
Rosemary, lemon and browned butter popcorn - This was so good!!! Just like you would make regular popcorn. Just brown your butter, then added lemon zest and chopped rosemary off the heat.
Spiced Kettle Chips - Sprinkling of Michael Chiarello Napastyle toasted spice rub from the recipe in his At Home book without the salt since the chips are already salted.
Shrimp Cocktail -I boiled the shrimp in a water flavored with peppercorns, allspice berries, lemon slices and salt. I took a bottle cocktail sauce put in some lime juice, cilantro, & jalapeño
Veggie Eggrolls - In the store I found this stuff called broccoli slaw. It was shredded broccoli, carrots and cabbage. I added scallions, and bean sprouts. I stir fried them lightly with in wok oil (which has garlic, onion, ginger and "other spices" infused in it) with a touch of Hoisin sauce
Meatballs in Marinara Sauce - I took ground veal, pork and chuck mixed with Pecorino Romano, fresh bread crumbs, two eggs, salt and pepper. I also made the marinara sauce, just canned tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, sugar, flat leaf parsley, and basil.
Chorizo Tortilla Cups - This is I am really proud of. I cut rounds out of store bought corn tortillas, then baked them into cups using mini muffin pan. I filled them with beef chorizo and black beans. I topped each one with a potato puree made spiced with salt, white pepper and cumin, with a little milk to loosen it up. Then each one received a sprinkle of chipotle pico de gallo.
Layered Lemon Chicken - (lemon juice, onion, salt pepper and dried time baked to perfection! This is a party stand by for me and always a hit!)
Broccoli Beef - Flank steak cut on a bias about a 1/4 inch thickness, marinaded over night in honey, soy sauce, corn starch, and vegetable oil. The broccoli is stir fried, then lightly steamed, then stirred fried again. After which the meat was browned, and a sauce was created with oyster sauce,ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes; thickened with a corn starch slurry
Baked Ziti - I couldn't find a ziti at the store so I substituted some Rigatoni. I used more of the marinara sauce I made for the meatballs, with ricotta cheese topped with mozzarella cheese. Baked up nice!
Layered Enchiladas - Fried up some corn tortillas, then layered it with homemade enchilada sauce (tomatoes, tomato paste, chipotle with adobo sauce, Knorr bouillon cube, caramelized onions, and garlic)
Garden Salad - Romaine, "Spring Mix, cucumber, carrots, red and green bell pepper, red onion, olives and carrots. With a choice of the standard dressings.
Steamed rice flavored with lime and cilantro - Basmati Rice cooked as you would any other rice with a the juice of one lime per cup of rice. Once cooled and fluffy, stir in cilantro. I know this is really Asian inspired since I used the lime juice but, I had a craving for this. This tastes like the rice from Chipotle restaurants
Garlic Bread - Soft Italian loaf, similar to French bread, spread with garlic powder, unsalted butter, and salt. It was wrapped in foil and baked!
Refried Pinto Beans - Rinsed and drained pinto beans, smashed into soft onions & garlic sautéed in bacon fat. I used vegetable stock make them creamy and topped with bacon
DrinksVarious booze - Tequila (1800 and Tradicional), Rum (Bacardi Silver and 151), Sky Vodka, & Grand Mariner.
Bottled Water - Something new called Spring!
Spritzers (Seltzer water with peach, strawberry or raspberry purees with simple syrup. These where such a hit!)
Needless to say I am really tired today. I started the cooking on Friday night and finished up Saturday morning. It did it all by myself. I had a fantastic time doing it. My guests loved it (so much so I got lecture about how I'm wasting my life by not opening my own restaurant)
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