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Ideas for dinner party --Flirting with Flavor: An aphrodisiac inspired menu

monicakwasny Sep 30, 2012 03:06 PM

I am planning a five course dinner party and looking for awesome recipes that include ingredients that are thought to have aphrodisiac qualities. Unfortunately my guests don't like oysters or shellfish.


  1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 30, 2012 03:41 PM

    you've got a lot of ingredient options: fig, avocado, banana, chilies, almonds, walnuts, red wine, pomegranate, basil, salmon, chocolate, honey, vanilla, garlic, asparagus...

    some random ideas:
    - green salad with figs, walnuts & pomegranate
    - salmon with basil-walnut pesto
    - salmon with romesco
    - fesenjan
    - duck breast with red wine & figs
    - chili-spiked chocolate tart with honey-vanilla creme anglaise
    - chocolate-banana tart
    - chocolate-fig tart with honey
    - honey banana custard with chocolate sauce
    - chocolate-avocado mousse

    1. m
      mariars Sep 30, 2012 03:42 PM

      Sounds like a fun party!!;)

      1. m
        monicakwasny Sep 30, 2012 04:29 PM

        Thanks for the suggestions, I love the chocolate-avocado mousse idea!! Any thoughts on a gourmet plated fig appetizer? Keep the ideas coming!

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        1. re: monicakwasny
          goodhealthgourmet Sep 30, 2012 05:38 PM

          - broiled fig halves with honey, bleu cheese & aged balsamic - top each with a toasted almond or walnut half (you can also do this as tartlets)
          - prosciutto cups with herbed goat cheese & fresh figs
          - prosciutto-wrapped figs stuffed with goat cheese & almonds or blue cheese & walnuts
          - crostini spread with goat cheese & topped with fig & olive tapenade

        2. m
          monicakwasny Sep 30, 2012 04:30 PM

          does anyone have any good tableside flambe recipes?

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          1. re: monicakwasny
            goodhealthgourmet Sep 30, 2012 05:51 PM

            Bananas Foster, banana crêpes flambé, or a flamed chocolate fondue?

          2. j
            Joebob Sep 30, 2012 10:17 PM

            Remember the noble oyster.

            1. Chinon00 Sep 30, 2012 10:22 PM

              Truffled ravioli with a soft egg yolk center

              1. Chinon00 Sep 30, 2012 10:35 PM

                Salmon roe sushi

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