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Oct 26, 2005 06:49 PM

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I have a dinner guest tomorrow night. I am serving lamb ragu over pasta (epi recipe). Followed by a simple salad of boston greens dressed with a vinaigrette of olive oil, mustard and champagne vinegar. Instead of dessert I want to do a cheese board. I have 3 cheeses hard, goat and a washed rind brie style. I will also have grapes, dried apricots, nuts, figs and lexia raisins to serve with. chocolate truffles with coffee.

My question. I want to do medjool dates stuffed with parmesan. Now I could wrap in bacon, and warm/broil, as an appi. Or I could avoid the bacon and serve with the cheese board. Or I could include the bacon and warm and serve with the cheese board.

what do you think I should do?


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  1. I would serve the dates wrapped in bacon as an appetizer.

    1. Since you don't have an appetizer. like MMRuth said go with the bacon wrapped as an appetizer.

      If I may suggest, I would serve the bacon wrapped dates first, then followed by the salad and then the main course pasta. The bacon wrapped dates are pretty heavy as far as taste goes. If you would like to accentuate the lamb ragu. Having the light salad before the main course will cleanse your guestÂ’s pallet.

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      1. re: theSauce

        Good advice, thanks. Our guest is from Montreal, so I was channelling the French tendency to have salad follow the meal. But your point is well taken, and I will serve salad before.