Suggestions for a first course
Hello, I am having a dinner party for eight Sat night. The main course is beef tenderloin with a red wine sauce that is cooked with oxtail and reduced along with roasted asparaus and mashed potatoes. For dessert, I am making creme brulee. Since the main course and dessert are relatively simple to prepare I am looking for a first course that will really be impressive. Any ideas? I have all day Sat free to cook so complicated it ok.
melange of sauteed mushrooms en croute
it'll go great with the beef and is pretty seasonal right now, especially if you're in the northern midwest and can get morels
You could go with an assortment of canapes.....the dinner is heavy and substantial...... depending on the time you want to devote,,,,myriad of items
You gould make a cream cheese based dill dip/filling....stuff cherry tomato's , cucumber crowns, celery boats.....American caviars on toast points/rounds with creme fraiche......smoked salmon/gravlax on lightly buttered toast points with fresh dill.......as mentioned many options for varying skill level....makes a nice presentation and won't necessarily bog anyone down before your entree....
You can always do a fish course - like a lobster bisque, or scallops wrapped in bacon with a maple-mustard sauce. Gravlax with creme fraiche & chives served on top of thick potato chips can also be passed around with cocktails. Or a spicy crab salad served atop boston lettuce wedges will also fit the bill nicely.
And I love the fava bean crostini, but if you don't want that much bread, you can present it as a salad with chopped bacon & feta with a splash of white balsamic. Very yummy! Have fun!