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dinner party menu ideas classic french/modern classic 3 courses

niki1 Jul 22, 2013 10:42 PM

all ideas welcome! and something more for the experienced cook. i am in a rush and am at a loss for some reason! thanks! (thinking of a cold soup of sort? then a fish and then something with fruit ugh!) : )

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  1. e_bone RE: niki1 Jul 23, 2013 04:54 AM

    Chilled carrot soup with fines herbs (steal concept from French laundry).. for fish... probably too vague as we have no idea what's available to you. Wild salmon cooked in court bouillon with a seasoned hollandaise would make my tail wag.. for fruit... perhaps finish with a platter of fruit and cheeses? A chilled rose' to sip? I'm available for dinner and have semi evolved table manners.

    1. melpy RE: niki1 Jul 23, 2013 05:02 AM

      Went to a four course French themes dinner party for four. host d made minestrone au pistou, mussels salad with potato and apple, beef bourginon, pineapple caflouti.

      Probably too hearty for summer?

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        e_bone RE: melpy Jul 23, 2013 05:05 AM

        Pistou is a great idea to capture flavor of summer

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          melpy RE: e_bone Jul 23, 2013 05:24 AM

          True. I guess it was the hearty vegetables an the hot soup that deterred me from summer. I would be more inclined for a cold soup. Not French but I am making ajo blanco tonight. Is there a French equivalent?

      2. ChristinaMason RE: niki1 Jul 23, 2013 05:22 AM

        How about vichyssoise to start, then seared scallops over buttery melted leeks with some sort of gratin dish (potato, spinach, etc.). Crisp green salad w/ mustardy vinaigrette (or maybe an endive and orange salad w/ chive dressing). Dessert could be a berry tart with pastry cream?

        You could put out some nice salted nuts and make kirs or some other French cocktail before you serve the first course.

        1. niki1 RE: niki1 Jul 23, 2013 10:27 AM

          thank you so much for the ideas! : ) will let you know what goes down. i am already starving now!

          oh and e. bone you are always invited. : )

          1. ChefJune RE: niki1 Jul 23, 2013 01:41 PM

            My favorite menu for a summer dinner party with a French accent is an adaptation of the Provencal "Grand Aioli." The garlicky mayo is the star, and you can grill or steam all manner of vegetables to dip in the aioli. The traditional proteins are lamb (grilled lamb chops are amazing!) shellfish and cod. For dessert I like a citrus/mint granite. Light, lively and a bit different.

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              robt5265 RE: ChefJune Jul 23, 2013 09:26 PM

              for dessert what about a plum crisp with a very rich vanilla ice cream...

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                e_bone RE: ChefJune Jul 23, 2013 10:41 PM

                Huge +1 on grand aioli but I think niki is looking for something more structured and formal. Nice flatware versus bibs and napkins.

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                Gloriaa RE: niki1 Jul 24, 2013 05:06 AM

                My suggestions would be:
                Assorted nuts and saucisson
                Brandade de morue with toasts
                Roasted Poulet de Bresse(or any other free range organic chicken), jus, roasted potatoes and steamed haricots
                Salad, always simple- lettuce and a tart dressing
                Cheese course (Roquefort, Comte and Brie)
                Ile flottante
                Beautiful little chocolates
                If you are very adventurous you could make lapin a la moutarde.
                I love French bistro food the best, think steak aux poivres and frites, sole meunière, scallops with beurre blanc.

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