We’re having Brian and Adrienne for dinner on Saturday evening (wow, I could hardly believe it myself, the young’uns gave us a Saturday?!?!?!?). And I decided to make another Tapas dinner so that we’re sitting around the cozy fire, instead of the dining room. We’ll start in the kitchen and move to the living room; JT and I will split the work so that we can take turns being with our guests. Adrienne has a gluten intolerance, which I have some experience in, since my best friend Kim has the same (Kim’s a bit more complicated as she is also allergic to soy!). The only difference with this meal is that I had to make a few things from scratch for the dinner, instead of pulling from my inventory in the freezer!
Round 1: Kitchen Party
Baba Ghanoush and sesame crackers (gluten free) and flat breads
Onion Bhajis with Papaya Dipping Sauce (onion bhajis are made with Chic Pea Flour, totally G.F.)
Round 2: Let’s get the party rollin’
Leak and Potato Soup with gruyère fondu (just a fancy term for crispy gruyère on the top of the soup)
Sausage and tomatoes in a red wine sauce with JT Bread (and G.F. bread)
Round 3: Cleanser
Wine Gelée (I’m getting a lot of mileage out of the gelée)
Round 4: The Main Event
Seafood Xtravaganza! Cold shrimp cocktail, oysters in pesto, sautéd scallops and calamari in garlic butter.
Singapore Slaw (chef Lee’s signature dish!)
Round 5: The Finale
Mexican Chocolate Pate, G.F. Profiteroles with Chocolate Bourbon Ice Cream and a Chocolate Kalhua Shooter all cohesively joined with a drizzle of rich caramel sauce!