food for a girls' weekend
I'm having a couple of friends visit for the weekend, and as one of them is bringing her 1 year old son, we won't be going out to restaurants or bars. So I'm looking for ideas on good food to have on hand for the weekend. I'm guessing that we'll do a lot of munching as opposed to sitting down to meals - but I thought a Zuni roast chicken might be nice to have on hand for Saturday night. Wine and cocktails are a definite, probably bread and chese as well. Any other delicious things I can make ahead? I was thinking of scones and fruit for breakfast - but other suggestions would be welcome? And, of course, sweets!
thanks in advance!
Check out the creme brulee french toast recipe on epicurious for breakfast. Like a strata, you prepare it the night before and just pop it in the oven in the morning. I prefer it with maple syrup instead of corn syrup, and I sprinkle some turbinado sugar on it after it comes out of the oven and torch the sugar. Don't serve it with any syrup as it's quite sweet on its own. Serving bacon or sausage with it helps to balance the sweetness.
The zuni chicken is sooo good, so you can't go wrong there. For dessert, perhaps some molten chocolate cakes with a good vanilla ice cream? They are so easy to make ahead and pop in the freezer. I don't bother thawing them before baking -- I just take them out and put them on the counter as the oven is heating up.
I always take some French or Sourdough bread slices, brush with olive oil and bake to make crostini, then top with a sauce made of blended sun dried tomatoes, olives, garlic, and olive oil (I get the ones that are packed in oil and spices), some fresh basil and fresh mozerella. Bake until cheese is melted and you have instant mini gourmet pizzas. For breakfast, I like making some orange sorbet (ice cream machine works best, or you can do the freeze and scrape method to make it into granita) and topping it with a little champagne or Moscato d'Asti for a nice mimosa. Have fun!