I was hoping you guys can help me plan my menu for a multi-course white-themed meal. The food must be white but I can't think of any...suggestions? thanks
Wow, this is the kind of thing that I try to avoid!
Appetizer: Carr's water crackers with chevre
Soup: leek and potato, either hot or cold
Main dish and sides: Fish, rice, and cauliflower.
Fruit/cheese: Peeled granny smith apples with white cheddar cheese (from New England)
Dessert: Apple Snow
Hope this helps,
Appetizer: White bean bruschetta with ricaotta salata, I think Chiarello has a recipe
Soup: White Gazpacho or anjou and parsnip soup
Main: Coconut Poached fish with coconut rice, or maybe poached chicken with fresh fetuccine, add a poached egg maybe? Maybe turnip puree, or risotto topped with white truffles (or oil)
Side: Jicama, turnip, and endive salad or braised daikons
Cheese: Manchego with Marcona Almonds. Or any sharp Italian with Peeled Bartlett pear
Dessert: Ricotta and Mascarpone Cheesecake is what I have in mind, crustless. Or maybe just a really nice white cake, or a coconut cake.
vichysoisse --or--pear/pecorino ravioli
shaved fennel salad
seared scallops over celery root puree with braised leeks
roasted white asparagus
endive spears with goat cheese and almonds
as an aside... any monochromatic meal rarely works. eating begins with the eyes.
soup: roasted cauliflower or white asparagus soup
main or appetizer: white pizza (garlic, cheeses, etc.)
dessert: fruits, especially if you can serve them with white chocolate? otherwise, panna cotta or cheesecake
agree that this is tough to pull off...
cream of cauliflower soup
hearts of palm salad of some sort
mashed potatoes w/ parmesan
ravioli w/ alfredo
seared scallops or fish w/ piccata
chicken in phyllo stuffed w/ ricotta and whatever else white...
cheese souffle (white cheese of course)
pavlova w/ white chocolate sauce
white chocolate tartuffo w/ white raspberry sauce
Every time I serve myself up grilled chicken with mash and cauliflour cheese I can't get over how bland it looks - and you're trying to achieve that?!!
ok ideas, a lot of fish is basically white - take your pick, you could do lemon souffle for pud as that is nearly white (go easy on the zest and ramp up the juice - but not so much that the mixture is too loose).
In the "Surreal Gourmet Entertains" he has a section on "monocromatic entertaining"
White Russians for cocktails
White asparagus with garlic mayo as a pre-dinner munchie
White bean salad
Garlic mashed potatoes
White chocolate mousse
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Music: The Beatles- THe WHite Album
He also give sthe advice that if you are stuck for an ingredient, use poetic licence: Ie: For a red dinner-red snapper, black-black forest cake, orange-duck a l'orange, you get the idea...Goood luck!
My wife makes this wonderful coconut cake. Outside is vanilla cream frosting and shredded coconut and inside is a lemony cake.
Appetizer: Some white bean spread on pieces on endive
Main entree: White fish over a root vegetable puree (potatoes, jerusalem artichokes, maybe turnips)
Fruit/Cheese: There's a lot of white cheese out there. Include pine nuts on the platter.
Dessert: Poached pears
Many years ago, early in my food service career, the company I work for used to let guests choose all the components of their banquets, i.e. they could choose the salad, entree, starch, veggie, and dessert, instead of what we do now, which is pair appropriate sides to the entree. (We still let them choose their salad and dessert if from our regular menu.) Thus, I had one client, also inexperienced, who chose the following menu:
Chicken with Chardonnay Sauce
Au Gratin Potatoes
Carrot Cake with Sour Cream Frosting
Before service started, I looked at the entree plate, as I usually do, and realized what had happened. The entire meal was white, and not very appealing. Chef put a few sprigs of parsley on the entree plate, but it didn't help, as it looked, well, pallid. Lesson learned--visualize the plate, and the entire meal. You need a balance of color, texture, and flavors throughout the entire meal.
Good luck, I'm sure there's a good reason for choosing this theme.
Wow...I'm amazed with all the responses/suggestions. Thanks everyone for your suggestions and concerns about a white-themed meal looking bland. But there's a method for this madness, not my madness of course.
"White Day is a festival ... celebrated in Japan and Korea on March 14, one month after Valentine's Day. On Valentine's Day, women give gifts to men; on White Day, men who received chocolate on Valentine's Day return the favor and give gifts to women."