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Tasting Menus at home

cassoulady Aug 26, 2009 09:59 AM

One of my favorite things to order in a restaurant is a tasting menu. I love tasting a variety of the chefs creation and like the surprise. I also love to make tasting menus at home for parties- usually 8-10 small courses. Does anyone else enjoy creating tasting menus and what are some of your recent menus?

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    wattacetti RE: cassoulady Aug 26, 2009 11:27 AM

    Tasting menus at home require a lot of organization, refrigerator space for mise en place, and a lot of plates and cutlery. Many, many wine glasses if you elect to do blind wine pairings too.

    Not to say that they're not fun; they're also a great way to see who's an eater and who's a wannabe. One recent one had the following sequence:

    "Golden Arches" (spoons of spiced pineapple and a quail-based variant of a Big Mac)
    Tomato
    Osumashi
    uzura-yaki
    gindara no mushimono
    pétoncle et foie frais
    "white" risotto with umami
    "autumn" (micro-cassoulet and micro-confit with pommes de terre à la sarladaise)
    "roast" 5-spice duck
    cheese
    granité

    Everything up to the granité also incorporated butter.

    1. Gooseberry RE: cassoulady Aug 27, 2009 03:21 AM

      I certainly don't do tasting menus with lots of courses at home (I think it would give me a nervous breakdown), but I do like to do tapas-style spreads with lots of small, well-thought out dishes. The key is to pick some dishes which can be made in advance, or rely on superb ingredients and stark simplicity for their deliciousness (and wow factor. I often think simpler choices, in the French style - think perfect omelette, green salad, glass of wine for a dinner party - are both more daring and surprising). It's fun to try and get all the dishes to work together as an overall theme, but involve a wide range of ingredients and flavours.

      Currently planning a sunday lunch with a spring, mediterranean theme:
      beef carpaccio with shaved gruyere, rocket and salsa verde
      steamed broccoli with anchovy vinaigrette, pine nuts and torn mozzarella
      soft boiled eggs with home made balsamic mayo
      roasted chickpeas with spinach and seared chorizo OR farinata with chorizo and basil
      green bean, avocado and almond salad
      flaked tuna, bacalao or smoked salmon trout with ?
      crumbed and warmed goat's cheese with grilled fruit and leaves

      still working on dessert. sometimes a fabulous home made ice cream with chocolate sauce is hard to beat.

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        cassoulady RE: Gooseberry Aug 27, 2009 06:29 AM

        that sounds like a wonderful spread.

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