Small dinner party | Southern style menu | Need app & sert & drink ideas???
I am too overwhelmed and could use some help.
Here is the main course:
A slow-cooked pork shoulder
A creamy potato gratin
What I need are some great ideas for:
Sorry, I am just not so good when it comes to parings with a theme...unless it's the main course only.
Can you help?
mmm... i'm doing a slow-cooked pork shoulder this weekend too, but with cuban spices. as for your request, not sure how fancy or involved you're trying to get, but how about:
non-alcoholic beverage - sunset - fill 1/2 a tall glass with fresh squeezed oj and ice, then float fruit punch on the top half. fun and what i usually get when i go to roscoe's ;)
appetizer - i'm inclined to say a fresh salad since your main and sides are so heavy and rich. or maybe something with roasted beets and watercress or a bean salad.
dave lieberman's young & hungry cookbook has a very interesting salad of watermelon and baby tomatoes with balsamic, basil and mint.
dessert - sweet potato pie... =) or pecan pie!
report back what you did and how it went if you can!
Drinks: Sweet tea or mint juleps
Apps: Are figs in season? If so, figs stuffed with a bit of manchego cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, and baked in a hot oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Not particularly Southern, but delicious.
Desserts: Caramelized apples with mint
I'd sub the potato gratin for a light spoonbread with beaten eggwhites, but either one would be great.
Mint mojitos and the beet, goat cheese and pistachio salad from Epicurious:
Or you could do Appletinis (apple martinis) as an ode to pork (done so often with apple).
Apple fritters would be a tasty Southernesque dessert, perhaps with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon. <--- and by that I mean you should invite me! :)
(Here's a link to Southern Living magazine's apple fritters recipe - their recipe area also wouldn't be bad to browse for random Southern cuisine ideas): http://food.southernliving.com/southe...
Drink: If you mean a cocktail, then I would say something sweet and fruity says "southern". Like a rum punch. Otherwise, the answer is strong, sweet tea. But you knew that.
App: A tomato tart, if you can still get good tomatoes. i like to make a tart w/ a biscuit crust, spread a little goat cheese and a hint of Duke's mayo, then layer with pretty tomatos. Be sure to serve at room temp. Frou-frou tomato sandwich.
Or a green salad with a tiny ham biscuit along side. Or a crostini with goat cheese & fig preserves.
Dessert: Pecan pie, coconut cake (but don't use that Paula Dean recipe, use martha stewart's recipe), german chocolate cake, pound cake w/ whatever fruit is seasonal, seasonal fruit pie (or cobbler).
If you think your gratin recipe would work w/ sweet potatoes, that would be very southern, and I think the combo of pork, sweet pot., and greens is classic.