I need a light dessert for my mezes dinner
It's been so long since I've hosted a dinner party, I'm having trouble with my menu! Let me know if any of these dishes can be spruced up with a few extra herbs or ingredients, and help me think of a light and delicious dessert. It's spring, it's warm in LA, and we want to celebrate!
-white beans in tomato/garlic/olive oil
-blanched, chilled asparagus marinated in lemon/olive oil dressing and wrapped in a slice of chuck
-steamed (or seared) snapper filets smothered in a puree of olives, sun dried tomatoes, and capers
-thyme marinated button mushrooms (slightly seared and chilled)
-grilled shrimp (lemon, garlic, and onion marinade)
-bread crumb coated seared scallops.
-bread with a few spreads (hummus, tabouli)
What about a simple mixture of fruit (berries, peaches) macerated in amaretto and served with either creme anglaise or chantilly cream?
Or as an alternative, mix your fruit with a bit of champagne and some chopped fresh mint. Also serve with either of the above options.
Oh and I think your snapper would be great seared, as opposed to steamed.
Maybe add a touch of curry powder to your bread crumb scallops?
What about Honey Cinnamon Oranges
2 oranges (navals are good)
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
fresh mint leaves, torn (for garnish)
1. Peel the oranges and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices.
2. Place on a serving platter.
3. Mix honey and cinnamon in a small bowl.
4. Drizzle the honey mixture over oranges and garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy
I do much the same up to stage 2 but drizzle with a sugar syrup made with some of the same orange juice. (I also flavour it with grand marnier) and sprinkle sliced almonds over the top. It's really good with almond and orange biscuits. (Quite dense almond paste and icing sugar mixed with orange zest, made in to balls, dipped in egg white, smothered in icing sugar then baked until crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. These are also really good with vanilla ice cream.) (Sorry, off on a tangent again!)
Oh, and I can't have meze without some variation of grilled or fried haloumi...